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Blinded by Tech Novelty?

Kent Shaffer over at Church Relevance has a great post about what happens when we get blinded by tech novelty. This is part 2 of 2 (part one largely deals with graphic design, and is interesting, but not what I wanted to talk about).

Kent defines Tech Novelty this way:

Tech Novelty is:

Being blinded by the novelty of an exciting new technology and consequently misusing the technology for novelty’s sake. Misuse of technology may be caused by lack of training and/or from the inability to focus on anything except the novelty.

I see this a lot in churches. I have more to say about the topic, but for now, go read Kent’s post. More to come…

4 Comments

  1. chris@behindthemixer.com

    The bit of novelty that gets a laugh from me is “video behind text.” Specifically, showing a looped video like running waterfalls or falling leaves as background for the song lyrics that are projected. I’ve probably seen the same leaf drop 500 times.

    I’d love to buy the new wiz-bang gadget with the twin overdrive monkeys…but I can usually talk myself out of it for these reasons.

    1.) It’s just too darn expensive.

    2.) It wouldn’t be helpful/useful/appropriate for our church.

    3.) I have no idea how to use it and the manual is a one page pamphlet. I don’t want to teach myself how to use a piece of gear. There should be tutorials, or great manuals, or the product should be easy to use.

  2. chris@behindthemixer.com

    The bit of novelty that gets a laugh from me is “video behind text.” Specifically, showing a looped video like running waterfalls or falling leaves as background for the song lyrics that are projected. I’ve probably seen the same leaf drop 500 times.

    I’d love to buy the new wiz-bang gadget with the twin overdrive monkeys…but I can usually talk myself out of it for these reasons.

    1.) It’s just too darn expensive.

    2.) It wouldn’t be helpful/useful/appropriate for our church.

    3.) I have no idea how to use it and the manual is a one page pamphlet. I don’t want to teach myself how to use a piece of gear. There should be tutorials, or great manuals, or the product should be easy to use.

  3. bcoffy@parksidechurch.com

    Our church for sure is not a “feel-good-sensory-worship” church. We don’t do much with candles or ambient music and we certainly don’t do much video illustrations.

    But what we do have is a great Bible teacher. We could easily chastise those with all the “wiz-bang gaget monkeys” but we have something else that attracts and retains others to our church. Is that really any better? Is it the teaching of the gospel or is it what is used to teach the gospel?

    Some churches don’t have a great communicator. Some may need visual support. Some may use visual support to enhance their message. I have no problems either one. No matter what you use (man or machine) the gospel should be clearly and unapologetically proclaimed.

  4. bcoffy@parksidechurch.com

    Our church for sure is not a “feel-good-sensory-worship” church. We don’t do much with candles or ambient music and we certainly don’t do much video illustrations.

    But what we do have is a great Bible teacher. We could easily chastise those with all the “wiz-bang gaget monkeys” but we have something else that attracts and retains others to our church. Is that really any better? Is it the teaching of the gospel or is it what is used to teach the gospel?

    Some churches don’t have a great communicator. Some may need visual support. Some may use visual support to enhance their message. I have no problems either one. No matter what you use (man or machine) the gospel should be clearly and unapologetically proclaimed.

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