Another Silicon Valley export: God
Routers, servers, chips, software -- we've exported them all over the world.
So now its God's turn.
Our colleague Michael Langberg has a story in the Mercury News (free registration) today about Walt Wilson, of Los Gatos, who is using the Internet to reach 30 million people a year with the Christian message, more than half of them outside of the United States.
He is a former manager at famous Silicon Valley companies like Fairchild Semiconductor and Apple Computer. Check out his portfolio of Web sites, run by his ministry called Global Media Outreach.
Young people apparently aren't responding to anything written on paper. Bible thumper is out. Desktop deacon is in.
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Don't we have already one God -
God 2.0 mashup - all of his appearances plotted on a google map! Ad-supported of course.
Okay, the gabbly chat audio is obnoxious. I started closing windows to find out what was making random dings. I closed yours and it stopped. Not good.
George Barna (barna.org) is the best at tracking these kinds of trends and RELEVANT (relevantmagazine.com) is probably the best magazine and outreach ministry using Web 2.0-ish tools. Matter of fact, if you didn't know RELEVANT is Protestant Christian (and evangelical), it may take a while to figure this out from their site.
Fact is, this is really old news; the Merc has been a little late to the game in reporting on this widespread phenomena. (Better late than never, though.) See, for example, Gospel Communications (gospelcommunications.org/internet/), EWTN (with streaming media) (ewtn.com), Orthodox.tv (orthodox.tv) -- covering the gamut from Protestant to Catholic to Orthodox Christians.
Ok, chickun-wing, we got the message. we're going to take down gabbly until we figure out how to set default to "mute"