Tony: You wrote about being a “Bible-oriented” preacher rather than having an “Entertainment-oriented” approach. How do you feel about churches that use technology and media to present a “Bible-oriented” message in a clear and applicable way?
John: Since the use of media ranges from minimal to maximal, it is impossible to say how I would feel about any given use. So the most helpful thing to say might be that I believe preaching is the expository exultation of a Bible-saturated, God-centered, Spirit-filled man who is so moved by the treasure of his text that no media additions are needed to illumine the minds and enflame the hearts of his people. And he will, in general, feel that resorting to the use of media in preaching shows a lamentable loss of confidence in the power of the preached word, and will set the people on a trajectory of needing more and more media stimulation that is, in the end, unfulfillable.
Do you agree with Piper? Why or why not? Discuss.