John Stott on skype, multi-campus churches and facebook.

Well not quite. 😉

Stott wrote this in 1982:


It is difficult to imagine the world in the year A.D. 2000, by which time versatile micro-processors are likely to be as common as simple calculators are today. We should certaily welcome the fact that the silicon chip will transcend human brain-power, as the machine has transcended human muscle-power. Much less welcome will be the probable reduction of human contact as the new electronic network renders personal relationships ever less necessary. In such a dehumanized society the fellowship of the local church will become increasingly important, whose members meet one another, and talk and listen to one another in person rather than on screen. In this human context of mutual love the speaking and hearing of the Word of God is also likely to become more necessary for the preservation of our humanness, not less.

I Believe in Preaching p 69.

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6 Responses to John Stott on skype, multi-campus churches and facebook.

  1. davemiers says:

    that’s gold!!
    great quote – thanks for sharing

  2. Al Shaw says:

    It’s fascinating how these very issues are hot topics right now in the Christian blogosphere.

    Stott the seer!

  3. Steve Kryger says:

    Good reminder that the local church will never be superceded by technology. It’s hard to imagine how the church might be affected (positively and negatively) by technology – things have changed so much in just a few short years.

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  5. […] Pastor/author John Stott wrote these rather prophetic words back in 1982: It is difficult to imagine the world in the year A.D. 2000, by which time versatile micro-processors are likely to be as common as simple calculators are today. We should certaily welcome the fact that the silicon chip will transcend human brain-power, as the machine has transcended human muscle-power. Much less welcome will be the probable reduction of human contact as the new electronic network renders personal relationships ever less necessary. In such a dehumanized society the fellowship of the local church will become increasingly important, whose members meet one another, and talk and listen to one another in person rather than on screen. In this human context of mutual love the speaking and hearing of the Word of God is also likely to become more necessary for the preservation of our humanness, not less.     — John Stott, I Believe in Preaching, p. 69. (HT: Luke) […]

  6. Joe Towns says:

    I believe in “I believe in Preaching”.

    Would be in my top 20 books I reckon every Christian should read.

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