Somewhere around 1440, a man by the name of Johannes Gutenberg invented the first printing press. Gutenberg's invention revolutionized the way humans gathered and transmitted information.
To be fair, people had been writing books and letter long before Gutenberg or his printing press. However, each book or letter had to be copied by hand, meaning books were expensive. Very few people could read since most people never had access to books.
This means that most information was transmitted from person to person through verbal communication. You say something, I hear it. Then I had to remember that information, otherwise, it was lost forever.
The printing press changed all of that. You could write a book and quickly and easily (and most importantly cheaply!) get that information out to the masses. People became literate because they finally had a reason to become literate. This new technology had a profound effect on the way people not only transmit information but the way we gathered and stored information as well.
You no longer needed to remember everything. You could read something in a book and then, if you forgot what it said, go look it up in that book again later. In this sense, a book became an extension of the human mind. A physical, tangible addition to the human mind. While we don't usually think about it, the book is an incredible piece of technology.
In the same way, computers and the Internet are technologies that have the ability to transform the way we gather, store and transmit information.
Like writing, paper, the printing press and books, computers and the Internet are neither good nor bad technology. Technology itself is never good or bad. But there are of course good and bad ways to use technology.
Which brings us to this: our new website. As society changes, the church must also find new ways of contextualizing the never-changing message of Jesus. The message never changes, but the methods that we use to communicate that gospel will.
Today, most people go online to do just about everything from buying books or ordering take out to checking their bank account or reading the news. A new, modern website with a fresh look will help us reach Milford and the surrounding area with the gospel. People will be able to use the website to learn about upcoming events and sermon series, sign up for serving teams or join fellowship groups.
More importantly, our new website will help new people feel welcome at our church. It will help people develop new relationships both with Jesus and at Faith Community Church. It will make it easier for people to get plugged in, worshipping Jesus and discovering the ways that he can change their lives.
I'm excited about our new website, not simply because it's shiny and new, but because of the ability technology has to bring the never-changing gospel to an ever-changing world.
Grace and peace,