The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Preaching with Powerpoint
or how to turn your church into an executive seminar. From an article in the New York Times (found this over at Gideon's blog.)
"It's a countercultural thing," said Tim Lucas, 33, pastor of an emerging ministry called Liquid in Basking Ridge, N.J. On a recent Sunday, Mr. Lucas wore a Hawaiian shirt and used images from the "Lord of the Rings" movies and a clip from "Amadeus" in a sermon about I Samuel.
"This cohort may yet make its own demands. Mr. Lucas, the pastor at Liquid, speculated that hip, high-tech churches like his own might soon generate their own backlash. Already, he said, college students who wander in find the 45-minute sermon insufficiently interactive. "The church my daughter grows up in will be a critique of what we do at Liquid," he said. "She'll say, 'Why all this multimedia? What happened to sanctuary? I come to church because I want to be still in the presence of God.' I can see that coming very quickly."
"Popular culture is a wonderful buffet to dine at," he said. "But it's easy to overeat."
Think potato chips. Without the salt. Definately without the salt.