While online worship allows us to truly worship the living God, it ruptures our common sense in a way that doesn’t happen with in-person worship (unless we’re swiping and staring at our smartphone the entire time we sit in a church pew). This is not to deny the real value of online worship, especially for individuals with unique accessibility needs; however, it does offer us a way to understand how it differs from in-person worship.

Online worship ruptures our common sense: our eyes (sight) and ears (auditory) are in the sanctuary while our bodies (tactile) and our noses and mouths (chemical) are in our living rooms.