What is clear, and regrettable, is that once again moderate Baptists have been slow to take advantage of technology for the sake of their religious convictions.I strongly commend Parham's recommendation. I will be enlisting several of the bloggers that Parham lists and others for a "Mainstream Baptists" group blog where you'll be able to read and comment on some of their best work at a single location.
Review broadly the church's use of communication technology. Moderate Baptists and mainline Protestants were slow to utilize radio. Fundamentalists rushed to radio. Moderate Baptists and mainline Protestants were tepid about TV. Fundamentalists hustled to TV. Moderate Baptists and mainline Protests were tentative about the World Wide Web. Fundamentalists dashed toward the Internet.
For all of fundamentalism's anti-science ideology and phobia, one must give fundamentalist leaders credit for their rapid embrace of technology and entrepreneurial spirit. They believe in their call and cause. They use technology to advance their values and mission.
Moderate Baptists and mainline Protestants, on the other hand, take an Amish approach to technology without the Amish moral conviction.
Too many moderate Baptists and mainline Protestants prefer weather-beaten Interstate billboards to constituency-building Internet Web sites. We favor print media with two-week-old or older stories instead of paperless media in a 24-7 world. It is no wonder growth is minimal, influence is questionable and relevance is doubtful.
We simply must do better, much better and much better now.
I'll be working to see if we can't kick-off this group blog today.