He asks if online community can be considered church. I posted the following a couple times and tweeted at Carlos to troubleshoot the issue, but still no public comment. So I’ll throw it out on my blog:
Shane Hipps made some really interesting observations about virtual community a few years back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJkSJmvK7eg
I view any communication that happens online as correspondence. Really fast, media-rich correspondence.
Did Paul stop belonging to any of the churches he planted when he moved on to the next town? Paul corresponded with brothers and sisters in other places. He also spent months at a time in prison.
Pretty sure the Romans weren’t big on letting prisoners out for weekly church services.
Those letters of correspondence, along with the believers that visited him and brought him food, were his church for a season.