Media Systems and Biblical Illiteracy
USA Today reported that text-messaging in Ireland is eroding students’ ability to write well. [story]
Can projecting Scriptures on the large screen at church actually contribute to Biblical Illiteracy (1)? (Not knowing one’s way around the Bible – being unfamiliar with it)
I believe it can, and in many churches – does.
Here are some considerations and some questions to ask in committee and staff meetings so First Church (your church) doesn’t make Biblical illiteracy (2) worse in your hometown. Technology is great, but over-utilizing it can have adverse affects. (Can’t have that!) In a later post, after you’ve thought about it some, I’ll share some personal perspectives and the methods we use at the church where I am Technical Director. But to get your thinking rolling, here are some
Questions to ask –
Do we want our members and regular attenders to bring their Bibles to church with them?
Why is that important? if it is.
Do we want visitors who didn’t even think about needing a Bible today to feel comfortable and still be able to “come along” through the service?
How do we make that possible?
How much is too much when it comes to Scripture on the big screen?
When do people in the congregation begin to get the idea they don’t need their Bibles for church?
If there are pew Bibles available, how do we encourage people to use them?
How can we use technology to feed our members’ and attenders’ desire for the Word?
In many artistic venues we use the phrase “leave them wanting a little more”. Is that a workable axiom for the written Word and Sunday worship? If so, how-so? If not, why-not?
Some local churches have a mind-set they’ve grown comfortable with over time (SOME churches?? MOST churches!!) If that’s true of us, how do we go about changing that culture? Is a fresh-start / new approach best? Or should we take six or eight weeks to move toward a new paradigm?
Some things to think about when you’re mowing the lawn this weekend, and some things to talk about in your next committee meeting.