[forthright] Don't Get Stuck

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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:36:21 -0300
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: FINAL PHASE

Don't Get Stuck
  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 that 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.

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