Church Crookham Baptist Church

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Augmented reality

Over the last few days I have observed several groups of boys outside the church totally engrossed on their iPhones etc.  I spoke with one such group and discovered that CCBC’s premises are a location for the recently released Pokémon Go game.

As I trust you all know, Pokémon Go is a “free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game …. [that] allows players to capture, battle and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon” (per Wikipedia).  I must confess to feeling somewhat ‘adrift’ at this point.

Augmented reality apparently refers to the addition by computer of sound, video, graphics etc. to views of the real world.  I am told, again by Wikipedia, that augmented reality is related to the more general concept of mediated reality, but is totally different to virtual reality.  (I am now completely ‘sunk’).

Three points immediately occur to me:

  1. let’s seek to use any such opportunities with Pokémon Go players outside CCBC to declare the absolute, not augmented, reality of Jesus Christ.  Paul talked about becoming all things to all men in order to save some (1 Corinthians 9v19-23) – perhaps I’d better get a Pokémon Go app?
  2. let’s not just declare the absolute reality of Jesus Christ; may we each day experience and enjoy His absolute reality – perhaps meditate to start with on John 1v14
  3. let’s now have a summer break from the bulletin to enable everyone to look forward to refreshed and renewed articles from 4 September onwards!

Peace and Grace