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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Toward a Theology of PowerPoint #4

John starts his first letter like this:
1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:1-3)
According to John, he saw himself as a witness to the life of Jesus and he felt he had a responsibility to pass on what he had experienced. The message that John has to share is not simply a philosophy, couched in words, but a lifestyle that can only be understood by experience.

If we are to communicate the good news, the message of eternal life that so captured John, then can we do any less than to offer a whole, sensuous message? Here, I'm not arguing for PowerPoint specifically, but for the practice of expressing the gospel as something to be experienced rather than something to be comprehended.

"Taste and see that the LORD is good" (Psalm 34:8).

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