Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oh Boy...

Really, it was just a matter of time before something like this turned up.

Yeah, text message your pastor during the sermon. I try to save my cutting remarks and high praise for when I shake the guy's hand at the end of the Divine Service. But, hey. People have short memories and even shorter patience these days.

The pastor of this church likes it: "It becomes much more of a dialogue."
Yes, synergism in action, the modern American church.

I'm thinking: why not take it a step further? Cut the pastor out of the equation, paste a "Sermon Topic" up on the big screen in front, and let the congregation text message their ideas and input for all to enjoy. It would give final expression to what people really want: Everybody A Pastor. That's what The Priesthood of All Believers means, doesn't it??

HT: Get Religion


Friend of the Predigtamt said...

I know a good text message:

yr theology sux, lol

Ethan said...

What I'm always struck by with these things is how rational they always make this sound. Shudder.

I may have to go out and punch some evangelicals now...

Bruce Gee said...

Funny, Carol!
Yeah, Ethan, if only punching a few evangelicals were effective, we'd have this problem licked.

It isn't just their rationality, it is their understanding of worship as homocentric and God-serving, as though they were able to storm heaven with their praises.

I am certainly not against young people carefully listening to a sermon and asking questions about it later. Frankly, a post-DS question/discussion period would be a healthy thing. But this "need to know now" attitude, and this looking at the sermon as some sort of informal conversation is disconcerting. As I said, it approaches synergism by ignoring the power of the Word presented in the sermon--a means of grace. But I preach to the choir here.