For some, this is a bug 5

For others, it’s apparently a feature

“We don’t think there should be any barriers to hearing the good news of Jesus,” said Nick Charalambous, NewSpring’s web campus pastor. “We know people are living more of their lives online every day, and we want to offer them an option to learn how God can transform their lives with joy, hope and purpose without their having to visit a church.”

It must be nice, to do church without having to go to church and meet, you know, Christians who make you feel uncomfortable.

The writer of Hebrews is so yesterday.

Not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

The Greek word translated as assembling is episynagoge. It means that Christians are to physically assemble together in one place.

You might recognize the root synagogue in there. In other words, Hebrews tells us to go to church–the building with people in it, not the website.

5 thoughts on “For some, this is a bug

  1. Albert Apr 19, 2009 9:20 pm

    I found interesting (unsettling may be a better word) that the webpastor position they created is being filled by a man who has been in the faith for a total of 6 years…

    “according to Charalambous, a former newspaper reporter who converted to Christianity while working on a series about NewSpring in 2003.”

    • James Duncan Apr 19, 2009 9:25 pm

      I understand your point, though that doesn’t really bother me. Calling, knowledge and maturity are more important than tenure in the faith. It didn’t take Saul long to start leading. Although I don’t agree with Nick on all his conclusions, from what I’ve seen of his web discussions, he’s no dummy.

  2. Twit Conway Apr 19, 2009 9:30 pm

    Now why haven’t all the NewSpringers got nuts and flooded (ok, maybe sprinkled or is that too Reformed?) the site when JDuncan D-E-F-E-N-D-S one of its pastors? Come on NS, come out and play…

  3. Tommy F. Apr 19, 2009 11:24 pm

    @ Albert: JDuncan is right.
    @ JDuncan: Nice point and comparison, but your readers will probably take this to mean that NewSpring has an apostle on their staff. First you were compared to a Reformer in the 16th Century, and now your returning the favor by comparing NS staff members to apostles. What’s next, are you going to call one of their pastors the “Ace” in a deck of cards?
    @ Twit: They probably won’t post anything. They’re all gobsmacked into stunned silence.

    Although I think having a webpastor is a bit inane, if you’re going to have one, a recent convert who is appropriately gifted, informed, and called is precisely what is required.

    Plus 6 years is quite a while, really. It’s long enough to complete college or complete Law school (twice), or attend seminary and earn an MDiv (twice) (not that Pastor Charalambous has done any of these things – I wouldn’t know).

  4. Albert Apr 20, 2009 1:06 am

    Points well taken.

    Perhaps if Charalambous boasted a miraculous conversion experience (or had his face on a deck of cards), I would have been more receptive of a web pastor…

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