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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Consumerism and preaching


Here's an interesting perspective from Michael Turner's essay on the preaching of Will Willimon.
"Movies, other 'relevant' media, and communication tactics are merely business endeavours dominated by a consumerist culture, and preaching that attempts to use these technologies finds it difficult to free itself from the grip of consumerism. Consumerism, like the entertainment culture, also threatens the art of preaching."
Coming from a slightly different angle, John Piper would agree on use of technology in preaching.

2 comments:

nathan82 on 29 July 2009 at 19:48 said...

Very interesting points from Piper. I think much of the time using media etc is mixed up in consumerism.

However, I feel strongly that many of us in reformed/conservative inclined churches fail to address the diverse way in which human beings learn. This can be done creatively without distracting from the power of preaching.

Phil on 29 July 2009 at 21:14 said...

Hi Nathan,
Thanks for the comment. You're probably right. I don't think I'm entirely with Piper on this one but it's thought provoking all the same. The consumerism angle is interesting though - do we use technology to help people learn or to keep people entertained?

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