Since reading Shane Hipps book, "The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture", this question has been more heavily on my mind. How does technology affect the Gospel? I don't think it is something that the church thinks about nearly enough. I am under the conviction that I must think about it. I'd even expand on the question a bit more. How do communication methods affect the message of the Gospel?
I'm not entirely endorsing everything said in the book or these guys. I have points I'm still mulling over, but the conversation is certainly one that needs to be had. We are an America of generations that have been indoctrinated with the ideas of many advertisers. As many begin to think about the use of these tech, they look at the advertisers results without understanding the method. We must be careful that we do not emulate the successful who are successful at the disregard for humanity to their own gain. We must care about those who we communicate with. This takes more work, but is much more fruitful and may be able to sum up many of the problems with the modern American church.
I submit this video as a way to catalyze the conversation.
Here's Shane Hipps new book:
Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith
I also want to take a second to thank Gabe Lyons for seeing that everyone at the Internet Ministry Conference 2008 received "The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture". I believe it was the single most impactful thing I took from the conference.