Is there a role for virtual reality in church? New technologies continue to emerge and will become more prominent, but what are some of the risks and benefits of applying virtual reality for ministry purposes? As we close out our week's focus on our relationship with technology this fascinating discussion with theologians Darrell Bock and Jonathan Armstrong has us considering the church’s relationship with revolutionary technologies.
The Apostle Paul said that “he wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection” (Philippians3:10) How is that resurrection power displayed in the life of the believer today? How can we rely on that power to break strongholds, destructive thoughts, and habits? Pastor Randy Frazee has experienced that same power that lifted Jesus from the grave in his struggle with clinical depression. Listen as Pastor Randy recounts the principles he gained from the pattern of Jesus’ life and raise our expectations of how God’s power can work through us.
DARRELL BOCK (BA, University of Texas; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Aberdeen) has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany), and is the author of more than forty books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000-2001, is a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications, and he is often an expert for the media on New Testament issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston -- live -- even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over forty years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son, and is also a grandfather.
JONATHAN J. ARMSTRONG is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, where he lectures in New Testament studies and church history. He consults at the intersection of faith and technology and serves as the president of the Aqueduct Project (www.aqueductproject.org). He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three children.
Randy Frazee is the lead pastor at Westside Family Church in Kansas City. A frontrunner and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story and Believe church engagement campaign. He is also the author of The Heart of the Story; Think, Act, Be Like Jesus; What Happens After You Die; The Connecting Church 2.0; and The Christian Life Profile Assessment. He and his wife, Rozanne, live in Kansas City, Kansas.