Can church happen online? Or, as one author asserted, is going to church online like "watching the food channel and saying you've eaten Thanksgiving dinner"? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will discuss online churches with Bob Hyatt, a pastor of the Evergreen Community who opposes virtual churches and Jason Caston, author of iChurch, who helps build them.
Dr. Bob Hyatt is a pastor, ministry coach and author. He helped plant a church community, The Evergreen Community, in 2004 in Portland Oregon. Beyond his family and pastoring, his passions revolve around coaching other ministry leaders towards Jesus-focused success in ministry- success being defined not by numbers but by clarity around and achievement of personal, spiritual and ministry goals. Bob currently serves as a pastor and elder at The Evergreen Community, and as a board and staff member with the Ecclesia Network. Married in 2002, to Amy. His children include Jack, Jane and Josie.
Jason Caston is a Creator, Innovator, Author and Internet Church Specialist. He's worked with major ministries and built websites and social media properties that reach over three million people daily. Jason has developed an innovative approach to helping businesses and ministries advance their online presence using The iChurch Method, a five part approach of Websites, multimedia, eCommerce, Social Media and Mobile. Jason authored The iChurch Method Vol. 1 and 2 and How to Get One Million Social Media Fans. Additionally, Jason created and developed The iChurch Academy.
Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, Up For Debate invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, we examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”