John Piper is someone I respect to an extraordinary degree. We might not agree on everything, but on those matters, if you want to be safe, you should defer to his point of view rather than mine. When it comes to theology and preaching, don’t mess with this guy. So it obviously interested me when he addressed using movie clips and non-speaking material in the context of preaching. Here’s the crux of his argument:
I think the use of video and drama largely is a token of unbelief in the power of preaching. And I think that, to the degree that pastors begin to supplement their preaching with this entertaining spice to help people stay with them and be moved and get helped, it’s going to backfire. It’s going to backfire.
So what say you, intrepid Church Marketing Sucks reader? Dare you step in the ring and go toe-to-toe with the hard-hitting (Christian) hedonist? Or do you buy his argument that we’re getting a little soft in our preaching with all this non-preaching bologna?