by J. Randal Matheny, editor
Last Saturday Forthright Press launched the Christian Hub website. The site shows updates to all the sites sponsored by this ministry and many other sites and weblogs of God’s servants. It makes an ideal home page for one’s browser, since so many links are offered there.
As we sought out new sites to include in the lists, we were impressed that so many church and ministry website do not offer the basic communication tools (RSS!) needed for such a project. Rather than providing means for updates, static websites miss opportunities to welcome more visitors.
This greater option to interact between users and websites has been called the “Web 2.0,” a new phase in the Internet.
But enough of virtual talk. This experience leads to a spiritual application.
While some are stuck back in Web 1.0, none should remain in the early stages of Christian development.
This was the point of the writer of Hebrews.
“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits” (Hebrews 6:1-3 NET).
The gospel doesn’t change, nor does God’s truth mutate into something different than what it was yesterday, but over time our maturity interacts to a greater degree with it.
The challenge of keeping up to date in technology and the Internet is daunting. Those of us who aren’t geeks often tremble when a new application rolls out. But spiritually we should never shrink from the rigors of growth and greater service in God’s kingdom.
After all, there are no confusing codes or special sequences to be deciphered. The gospel was made for dummies like me.