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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Toward a Theology of PowerPoint #3

570 years ago Johannes Gutenberg changed the world. With the release of his closely guarded secret, movable type printing came to Europe for the first time. Since then every aspect of our communication has changed.

What was his first product? He printed the Bible. Today, Gutenberg Bibles are rare and prized possessions. However, it has very little to do with their content. Today, Bibles are a cheap commodity, easy to print, easy to obtain.

Words are cheap. The internet has made it so every yahoo can post their thoughts on a blog (yes, irony is intended) and because of that words proliferate like never before. Gutenberg allowed us to take valuable words and disseminate them en mass; the internet allows us to take the value out of the equation.

Yet value is the key! How do we preach value? How do we teach value? The power of words is fading in the flood of them. For someone who watches TV, texts, and surfs the internet all at once, sitting through a sermon is a boring, valueless experience. What will you do to change that?

1 comment:

dt said...

Maybe it is time for action not words, the kind of action that makes a positive difference in someone’s life, thinking to our self words or kindness, words or food. words or ……….