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Yesterday, MNB took note of a Wall Street Journal story about Central United Methodist Church in Concord, North Carolina, where Rev. Andy Langford, the senior pastor, has a uniquely modern approach when it comes to Holy Communion. People who can't make it to church on Sunday can go online to watch the services … and while doing so, can "grab some grape juice and any bread or crackers they have in the house, and consume them after the pastor, in the sanctuary, blesses the juice and bread as representing the blood and body of Christ."

The Methodist Council of Bishops has opposed the policy. But this statement by Rev. Langford was the one that grabbed my attention: "The way we operate now, if you want to receive [communion], you have to come to my church sometime between the hours of 9 and 12 on Sunday morning. I don't think there's any other institution in our country that can survive on that kind of business model."

One MNB user wrote:

Yeah…but can he hear my confession via Skype?…

MNB reader Mick Kelly wrote:

Since a Methodist pastor is not capable of turning ordinary bread/juice/crackers into the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ the "at home/away from home" piece of the story doesn't even matter.

From another reader:

I bet the Council of Bishops will have a change of heart on their moratorium of online sacraments when they realize that they could also accept monetary donations online 24/7.

Wow. You're even more cynical than I am.

From MNB reader Rich Heiland:

I used to be a Rotarian, as were my dad and grandfather before me. I always thought the club was about breaking bread, having some fellowship, sharing. Make-ups were important, in part as I understood it because it gave you new experiences, an opportunity to meet others when you were traveling.

Now, though, apparently not. You can attend clubs on line, do make-ups on line. Maybe I am an old codger, but this is one case where I don't really get it, unless I am one of those folks you find in Rotary who wants to die with perfect attendance.

And, from MNB reader Skip Sturtz:

When it comes down to it, the relationship with Christ is between the individual and God.   A Council of Bishops should not judge my commitment or methods to follow my faith.   My bible is an app.

And regarding yesterday's piece recognizing the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address…

One MNB user wrote:

Thank you for reproducing the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln's speeches are a model of how to speak and write.

From MNB reader Monte Stowell:

We had to learn this address in the 7th or 8th grade when I was a kid. The eloquence of the words written by Abraham Lincoln are even more powerful today as when he wrote them in 1863. Wow, Yes, the Gabby Gifford video is the best yet. Thank you for sharing. Americans at their very best.

MNB reader Andy Casey wrote:

I wish politicians talked – and thought - like that today …

Don't we all…
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