Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Google Search: Sermon Powerpoint

Powerpoint has been the primary medium of communication in the business world for a long time now, and has recently become ubiquitous in religious communication. Sermons are outlined in powerpoint, eliminating the need to follow along in scripture, songs are displayed on slides, so we can save trees by getting rid of hymn books, and disturbingly, if you are a pastor, you can download sermons from other sermons and use them as your own.

I wondered, if He were among us in flesh today, would Jesus (or any other religious leader) use powerpoint in His sermons? Would He have a laptop, a projector, a screen, and someone to click the mouse when He says "next" in a modern-day Sermon on the Mount?

Anyway, I googled "sermon powerpoint" and wasn't surprised to get 48,600 results.

The movement of powerpoint haters may be growing faster than that of powerpoint users. The search "hate powerpoint" begins with the article, "Edward Tufte doesn't hate PowerPoint, he hates the culture that spawned it."

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