The Virtual Church

In this episode, Bill Hendricks, Leo Strong, Drs. John Dyer, Jonathan Armstrong, and Darrell Bock, discuss innovations in the online church, focusing on how it has expanded during the pandemic and what it holds for the future.

About the Contributors

Bill Hendricks

Bill Hendricks is Executive Director for Christian Leadership at the Center and President of The Giftedness Center, where he serves individuals making key life and career decisions. A graduate of Harvard, Boston University, and DTS, Bill has authored or co-authored twenty-two books, including “The Person Called YOU: Why You’re Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life.” He sits on the Steering Committee for The Theology of Work Project.

Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, writes for the Christianity Today’s Places and Space series, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College, Chosen People Ministries, the Institute for Global Engagement, and Christians in Public Service (CIPS). His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

John Dyer

John Dyer

Channeling Eric Liddell, John likes to say, “When I code, I can feel God’s pleasure.” This desire to glorify God by showing how our creativity is an important aspect of our role as image bearers, drives John’s work and teaching. A former youth pastor, he enjoys working with students to see how the biblical story brings insight and clarity to the ideas found in science, sociology, and culture. John is married to Amber, a literature and philosophy professor and has two lovely children.

Jonathan Armstrong

Dr. Jonathan Armstrong is a Professor of Bible and Theology at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He obtained his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, his MPhil and PhD from Fordham University. He is the founder and president of Aqueduct Project, the mission of which is to create access to theological education overseas. His areas of specialization and expertise include New Testament Greek, the formation of the New Testament canon, ancient church history, and history of the interpretation of the Bible. He has taught extensively in England, Russia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Kenya, and Nigeria.

Leo Strong

Leo Strong is the director of the non-profit VR Mission, which utilizes VR geared to expand the kingdom of God here on earth. He currently equips VR missionaries with business as a mission mindset and with how to use VR to share the gospel. Due to the nature of his work, Leo keeps a low profile on the web.