"Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it." -- Ashleigh Brilliant, Potshots
Turns out that the Internet doesn't create dysfunctionally isolated, reality-challenged individuals after all. (See link above.)
My question to the Powers That Be on Higgins Road and elsewhere in Christendom: Do you really get this? That the Internet is a place where people are "being the Church" in new, exciting ways? Where, just as an example, I can run a series of small-group discussions on Lutheranism, on liturgical worship, on Lent, and in turn benefit from participating in an online support group and an online class taught by a real-live seminary prof? Where I am a part of wonderful intersecting circles of Christian friends who provide me with everything from scholarly resources to cool mp3's to an occasional shoulder to wail on? Where I can be supported in my desire to follow a daily spiritual discipline by online Daily Office prayers, lectio divina and other spirituality resources? Where I am literally connected to believers across the globe and across denominational divides, in ways that could never have happened 20 years ago?
On the other hand...maybe it's best you don't get it. So...never mind.