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Perspective: Worship projections

Be wise when using worship technology

While digging my elderly neighbor's car out of a snowdrift, another neighbor, who is a pastor, stopped to help. As we rolled the vehicle back and forth, he said, "I saw you quoted in the newspaper about computers in worship. Well, let me tell you, things are out of control.

"One church I recently preached at removed its 100-year-old Bible from the pulpit and replaced it with a computer screen. Microsoft Word is replacing the word."

A new worship skirmish is emerging: how to use projection technologies such as PowerPoint and video.

But concerns about using technology in worship are age-old.

Congregations struggled over whether to use particular musical instruments or how to introduce audio amplification systems. The issue isn't whether worship should include technology but rather which ones, why and how.


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