Well we talk about technology invading healthcare, but this is a new twist, and the members are texting the pastor, no word yet on whether God or any other supreme being can be reached yet by texting. Members here are not required to turn their phones off during services.
Some of the sample questions sent are below. BD
The spotlight shone on the Rev. Mike Schreiner on a recent Sunday as he preached about who goes to heaven and how earthly relationships will translate in the hereafter. Off to Schreiner's right, the steady glow of dozens of cell phones lit up the section where the teens of Morning Star Church sat listening to the sermon, thumbs furiously working little keyboards. High above the 700-seat sanctuary, Amie Haskins, 27, the director of worship, sat in the church's control booth receiving their text messages on the church's cell phone. She screened out some (most were about whether pets would be in heaven - a point she knew Schreiner would be addressing later in the sermon), and typed others into a computer that was connected to Schreiner's laptop next to him. During Schreiner's 30-minute sermon, Haskins received 35 questions.
For some time now, churches have used text messaging to promote social events, keep their various ministries networked and even remind the absent-minded that they're late for church. But now pastors, who for years have been asking people to turn off their cell phones during services, are increasingly asking them to do the opposite.
_Will our friends who have not officially accepted Christ within a church environment still be accepted in heaven if they lived a life pleasing to God?
_I'm wondering (and this will sound awful) about people I don't care to bump into in heaven. Will strained relationships here be awkward there, too?
_When we get to heaven, how will we know what Jesus, or even God, looks like? Could they look just like everyone else?