The Ajax Love of God

I had an idea for an article yesterday but it was too late to submit it to Charlie at Next-Wave. He says he will publish it on the Jan issue. Here’s the thought : The Ajax love of God.

MarkfletcherLondoner Rev. Mark Fletcher started me thinking about this a few days ago on my post about Church 2.0. He saw in an Ajax based Web 2.0 a connection between pre-emptive browsing in Web 2.0 and the intuitive, pre-emptive response of the church to society. And I have taken it further . . . to the Ajax-like agape love of God . . . a love that already knows about us, has already calculated the hairs on our head, and is poised to respond without hesitation to our cry, based on the completed work of Christ, the price fully paid for us before we were even born. I know that sounds a bit like predestination, and my pre-elected Reformed friends will be yahooing me on this one, but it is the Ajax kind of love that loved us before we first loved him and stands ready to give itself away . . . but it waits for us to call out first. Its a new thought – do you want to add to it?


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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Oi – less of the Reverend please – makes me sound like an cardigan wearer.
    Oh hang on I am wearing a cardigan…

  • Parke says:

    Interesting metaphor. I hope you remind us when the article drops. We use too few metaphors like this I think.

  • andrew jones says:

    metaphors be with you!

  • nate custer says:

    One of the things that make’s AJAX so unlike the traditional web model is that all the information displayed on webpage _is not_ pre-fetched.
    Instead using AJAX it is fetched as needed without the pesky need to reload the base webpage.
    That is what the acronym AJAX is all about Asyncronus (not click and fetch which is syncronized) Javascript (the language used to implament AJAX pages – run in the client browser) And XML (The format of information passed back and forth). The seminal article explaining how all this works is here.
    Instead of having to pre-fetch all possible sets of information (pre-destination), or fetching information only after a user click and thus reload/rerender the entire page (Dispensationalism? – just a guess, I prob need that seminary training soon), the AJAX model (process theology) de-emphasises clean seperation and instead focuses on the refinment of information presented. Instead of removing the need for client-server communication AJAX dramaticly increases its period.
    Thanks for your link to the spirituality of torrents, it is dead on, and a brilliant way to explain the economy of grace to my youth. On a practical level, I have gotten my hands on video of the introduction you gave to pizza parties in NM. I hope to be posting it soon, and using BitTorrent to distribute it (got to be nice to my webhost).

  • andrew jones says:

    thanks nate
    nice to hear from you again. what a geek u r!

  • Ajax Sucks …

    Most of the time. That is the title of a great article by Jakob Nielsen. He shows many of the biggest problems of Ajax: it breaks the back button, it can’t be bookmarked easier, its harder to share a url with other people, etc. Andrew says he will w

  • christ says:

    are you a fucking joke?

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