The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Worshiping in 2001

Don't leave science and technology at the church door

Bill came to church straight from the hospital after an early visit with his wife. Without a donor heart, she will die soon. How strange to pray for something that nobody dreamed possible 50 years ago!

Ann, in the pew behind Bill, hopes her beeper won't go off like it did last week during the sermon. But if the factory's computer goes down, she has to call in.

In the back row, the college student, who doesn't seem to be paying attention, thinks about last night's TV program on quantum theory. How much of the world is real, she wonders, and how much do our minds and observations create?

As far as those concerns go, this Sunday worship is — well, neutral. It says nothing about the problems and questions these people wrestle with.

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