Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Right Words Are Worth A Billion Pictures

"Movie-theater screens are postmodern stained glass. We're using moving pictures to tell the gospel to a post-literate culture," said Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, which meets in Washington, D.C., theaters and hosts a conference for theater churches. "There are ways of doing church that no one has thought of yet. We have to live with the tension of being biblically true and culturally relevant."

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Kent comments:

Nothing about the Christian faith dictates where the church should meet - when, yes - but where, no.

That being said, there is something very wrong with this, and unfortunately, it is a variety of drivel too often heard these days.

While the spoken/written word can be supplemented with pictures, pictures alone - even moving ones - cannot readily tell a story, communicate the gospel, or even begin to convey the Christian faith.

The Christian faith must be communicated with words.  This is why missionaries throughout the ages have often created an alphabet for cultures without one.  'Post-literate' people, until they become literate people, will never be fully Christianized.

Half-baked prouncements by 'lead pastors' will never change that fact.

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