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Churches and the End of Geography

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Some thoughts from author Seth Godin …

Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years:

Air conditioning–which made it possible to do productive work in any climate

Credit cards–which enabled transactions to take place at a distance

Television–which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few

Federal Express and container ships–which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap

The internet–which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room

Cell phones–which cut the wires

If you’re still betting on geography, on winning merely because you’re local, I hope you have a special case in mind.

It is hard to argue with Seth’s observations.  Churches need to be aware. We are intensely local bodies.  But that definition of “local” is changing rapidly and maybe irrevocably.   We are centered in Pennsylvania. And when I talk to those in Florida, they just don’t seem that far away.