We’ve had a lot of comments on last week’s post about John Piper’s thoughts on video and mass media in sermons. Short recap: Piper doesn’t like them.
You can read all the comments on the post. You can read Collide Magazine’s response. Here’s my take: Preaching, just like any presentation, doesn’t work if you can’t communicate it well. If you drown your sermon in PowerPoint slides and fancy video, you risk losing people. But if all you do is stand at the pulpit and talk, you risk losing all the visual learners and ADD people who simply don’t learn that way.
The more I hear conversations about the pros and cons of technology in preaching, the more I think Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen is very applicable to the church. Reynolds talks about how to give great presentations, and the same advice applies to preaching.
Rather than argue about the place of video and drama in Sunday morning, how about we focus on giving better presentations? If that means less video, so be it. If that means more video, so be it. Focus on the ideas and the clear, concise presentation of those ideas, and you’ll be good.