Since the ½ marathon training runs are on Sunday mornings, I’ll be skipping Sunday services at church for a while. But never fear: as I’ve noted before, my pastor posts his tweets on Facebook, so I at least get a hint about the sermon ideas he’s pondering, and, even better, I get links to songs that reflect his moods, beliefs, daily life.
One of our church Elders, who is also on Facebook, shared the following Time.com story, “Twittering in Church With the Pastor’s Encouragement” by Bonnie Rochman. Some pastors encourage attendees to twitter during sermons, with the tweets sometimes visible on the big screen. As the article notes:
As expected, banter flourished. Tweets like “Nice shirt JVo” and “So glad they are doing Lenny Kravitz” flashed across three large video screens. But there was heartfelt stuff, too.
“I have a hard time recognizing God in the middle of everything.”
“The more I press in to Him, the more He presses me out to be useful”
“sometimes healing is painful”
As bizarre as that sounds, though, I’m all for anything that gets some mainline Protestant congregations more actively engaged in worship. I suppose it’s not unlike the “clickers” used in large lecture classes. Heck, I’d try it (though I wonder if the IPhone I’d need to buy is then tax-exempt?).