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TUESDAY, AUG 20, 2013  |  4 comments  |  3 commentaries
Dear Pastor, Bring Your Bible to Church

I enjoy using an iPad. It is, in my opinion, one of the most impressive devices yet invented. In one light-weight, travel-sized tablet the user has everything at his fingertips. That includes not only the typical social media apps that every user has on his smartphone, but also countless tools that have characterized the laptop or even the home television.

And yet I am finding that cutting-edge, 21st-century technology is subtly but quickly changing important, even indispensable aspects of Christianity. Consider just one example: the ever-growing tendency to substitute a physical, visible Bible (remember . . . the ones where you lick your finger and turn the pages) with a tablet in the pulpit.

To clarify, I am not against pastors using a tablet in the pulpit for, say, sermon notes. Rather, I'm concerned about replacing the physical Bible with a tablet in the pulpit. As the pastor enters the ...


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News Item8/26/13 2:06 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Ahh! Chris!!! you wouldn't do that to a Bible! Actually my pastor encourages people to take notes and underline verses in the Bible etc. I can tell you this does mean and terrible things to a netbook

The guest pastor we had this Sunday was fine with tablets and computers, though I can tell you even with a tablet, you wouldn't have been able to keep up with him, except where he did want you look at a verse, in depth, because he had all the material written down for the sermon. My fingers just don't move that fast.

Whatever helps a pastor to get a Biblical message across in the most clear and precise manner, I'm fine with. Besides for those people who have a leader like the one down in Okla., he would be less likely to smack you over the head with tablet or laptop, then a printed Bible.

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News Item8/24/13 7:58 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I like my tablet, etc, but there's nothing like a book. I like the smell of the paper, being able to flip pages, use bookmarks, write notes, ear pages, etc.
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News Item8/20/13 11:25 AM
Equality  Find all comments by Equality
Scroll = Codex = iPad = Google Glass = Word
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News Item8/20/13 10:51 AM
Scott McMahan | Internet  Find all comments by Scott McMahan
I enjoy using a codex. It is, in my opinon, one of the most impressive devices yet invented. ... And yet I am finding that cutting-edge technology is subtly but quickly changing important, even indispensable aspects of Christianity. Consider just one example: the ever-growing tendency to substitute a physical, visible scroll (remember, the one you unroll with one hand and roll up with the other) with a codex in the pulpit. ... When a member stands before the congregation, reading the sermon text from a codex, there is something missing, something lifeless at play. Again, John Bombaro observes, "Codex texts are ephemeral; they are ontologically diminished." There's no "there" there, Bombaro laments. ...when the codex replaces a scroll of Scripture, something is missing in our nonverbal communication to unbelieving onlookers. When you walk to church, sit down on a bus, or discipline one another at a coffee shop, a scroll of the Bible sends a loud and bold message to the nearest passersby about your identity as a Christ follower. ... No doubt, my warning touches an uncomfortable and irritable nerve. ... Technology infiltrates and saturates everything we do, and therefore defines everything we are, for better or worse. But is this subtle shift changing the way we read the Scriptures?
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