The other day I pointed out that businesses, along with many colleges, were discouraging the use of Powerpoint presentations. I updated it with a link to a site where someone had converted Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address into a Powerpoint presentation. I then concluded by asking “What does this tell us or say to us about the use of technology in our worship services today and tomorrow?” (See “Here’s Something Interesting”).
I received an e-mail the other day that asked what would happen if we gave treated our Bibles like we do our cell phones? There are a number of people who have posted that particular piece so I won’t add to the list. But it prompted me to think about text messaging and its impact on our culture. A search provided a link to a contest back in 2001 to rewrite the Lord’s Prayer as a text message (go here).
In response to my posting “Rock and Roll Revival Revisited”, Sarah Dylan Breuer noted that the music played during a worship has to resonate with the congregation. The same is true for technology; if the moment calls for a Powerpoint presentation, then use it. But if the moment doesn’t call for, don’t try to fit the two together.
So where does technology fit in a church? Is the means by which the message is given or is the message driven by the method? Do we continue to do the same thing every Sunday and hope that people get the message? Or do we try to do some things differently in hopes that people find church hip and totally cool? Or will we get so caught up in the process of the presentation that we forget what the message is?
Addendum – John Meunier asks “Is It the Business Model not the Theology?”. What drives how we build our church?