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#167 Visual media

As the multi-campus “meta-church” structure gains popularity, visual media (as they call it) is necessary for HD sermon broadcasting when the pastor is teaching from, well, one of the multiple campuses. But videoscreens and jumbotrons are also necessary for the videos that are sure to be displayed.

A church video is often produced by the church’s creative team who work closely with the worship leader. It will feature lots of smash-cuts and white flashes set to Christian music that sounds like Nickelback. (Although they want it to sound like Coldplay.) The purpose of a church video is usually to tell an inspirational story, introduce a sermon series, or to get you “pumped up” for worship.


The presence of the video screen tells you that this church Values Technology and wants to be Culturally Relevant. These same churches often encourage tweeting during church and have a church iPhone app. The nuances of these technological treats will be discussed further in a future post.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Is it just me or is Beth Moore’s head way too big for her body? Crazy photoshopping!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Tweeting during church and iPhone apps? Seriously?!?! We Quakers are soooo behind the times.

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posted July 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

I once saw a video in church introducing a sermon series on Noah and after watching the ridiculous video I half expected the announcer guy to say in his deep announcer voice, “Tune in next week to find out what happens in Armageddon: The Noah Chapter.” He didn’t though. Darn.

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Rocky Presley

posted July 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm

This has also given rise once again to the parody of secular products to make a Christian point. They use the word parody because rip off sounds a little harsh. No talent hacks, although appropriate, seems a bit too negative as well. Thieving non-contributing bible college grads is particularly offensive. Examples of contemporary parodies include:
But we all know that this form of art is no different than this:
Parody written by Satan. Those are a few of my favorite things. Fat Sheep? Be careful when you consume more than 2000 Christian culture calories a day and don’t lead an active, meaningful lifestyle. You will become a Fat Sheep!

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robert gelinas

posted July 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

So tell us…how do you think Jesus would make use of technology?

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