As I write this article, I am sitting in my office in a very quiet church building. There are almost no sounds, as the heating system is shut down and there is no one else here. I am sure if these walls could talk, they would say Sunday, March 22 was a strange day. It was not snowing, the weather was cloudy and gray, but no reason to call off church, where was everyone? Well, we were all at home, some of us around a tv so we could watch a service, some around the computer so we could see a service streaming online and some were around the computer listening to a sermon I recorded and sent out by email.
Yes, on Saturday, I recorded the message I intended to preach and then sent a link to it by email to everyone whose email I have. If you did not receive the email and would like to get the next sermon, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the list. In fact, on Sunday, March 29 I am going to try some new technology and that link will be in your email box.
I must give a shout out to Adam Granger at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta. He made this technology available and I only had to call a number he gave me and then speak into my phone and it recorded the message and then he did the work to make it where it was easy to put the link in an email for those who received it to click and listen. CBF is trying to help churches, especially small ones like ours to be able to connect with our people. Adam is the Assistant to the Executive Coordinator of CBF. His father is the Minister of Education at FBC Athens, GA and I have known him for many years. Adam and I met at Passport in 2011 when our youth went. We reconnected when Paul Baxley, Executive Coordinator for CBF was in Virginia last year for our annual meeting. He offered his help because of our relationship, but he is also offering that help to other CBF Churches. So if you ever wonder, why do we give all of this money to missions, not only does it take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, it also provides a network of help to local churches.