Twelve years ago I discovered that if you wanted to listen to sermons without a real preacher and real congregation present all you needed to do was to get hold of a tape catalogue and work out how much you could afford to spend (I was a student in those days).
Today, at the click of a button I can listen to a vast amount of material, from the cream of the crop, still without a real preacher or real congregation present, and all for free.
Twelve years ago my supply was limited by my finances, and thereby limited in its impact. It formed a tiny part of my spiritual diet alongside books, and listening to real preachers in a real congregation.
Today, the sheer volume of audio material available means that I am far more likely to make that a significant part of my spiritual diet. And today I am that real preacher in a real congregation.
The question is, what is this individualism doing to me?
Given that technology is reconfiguring our spiritual intake, and I take it that the benefits are obvious, how do I become aware of the dangers? What are the dangers?
What is this doing to local churches? Will this lead to an audio hierarchy where the best internet preachers are really the most influential figures in local churches? Is that healthy? Are we already there?
What does that do to the way we listen together week by week in the context of local church life?