I read this interesting article this morning by Jonathan Leeman of 9Marks. The question it asks is provocative and the discussion is thought-provoking, especially in this current season. It also contributes to our conversation around the book “Analog Church.” Some quotable quotes:
A church, first and foremost, is an assembly of people who identify with and declare the name of Jesus and his gospel.
“Virtual presence is actual absence.”
[Insist] that the Bible means to inconvenience [our] lives and schedules for the sake of love. In-person love is always better than virtual love.
Jonathan affirms that there is value in online meetings, and great benefit to the resources we have access to online. However these things can’t ever replace the physical assembly of God’s people. That is what the word church really means.