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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What is Realtime Church?

Realtime Church isn't a church. There is no building. There is no congregation. There are no elders... so go ahead and say it. It's not a church.

Beyond that, we are not pushing doctrine. You're not going to find pages filled with us trying to convince you of our point of view.

No building, no congregation, no weekly meetings, and no doctrine. Hmmmm. So it's just a website?

The bottom line is this. Many religious organizations say they want to help hurting people. Almost as many struggle to help hurting people's immediate physical needs. That's what Realtime Church is here to do, network people, organizations, churches... whatever... to help people's immediate needs. Its social networking that actually does something... "Social Networking for Social Justice" if you will. That is the doctrine that we are pushing here, the doctrine of help-people-in-critical-circumstances.

So Realtime Church uses whatever technology is available to keep people aware of what critical needs/situations are occurring in realtime-- a steady feed of ways that we can help. And Web 2.0 is making it possible. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, mobile apps... people are more plugged in and sharing more about themselves than ever before. And this trend will only continue to grow. Let's use that connectedness to make our world a little bit better. Now that's ambitious.

The things that we all failed to do in the past don't matter. All of our grand schemes for the future aren't really the most important. What are you doing right now? In the next minutes -- in the next few hours, what simple little things are you doing to make a difference? That's what Realtime Church wants to do, help you be available right now.

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...