WHY are people playing on their smartphones?

3 Jun

DURING WORSHIP???  I mean, REALLY … THE NERVE!!  People all around me are playing on their phones.  And, the preacher even has the nerve to USE HIS iPAD WHILE HE PREACHES!!!  We never did it that way before!!!

Well, then a confession is in order … I have been preaching with an iPad for over THREE years now.  Quite frankly, it is so much easier to manage my notes with it than with regular paper.  And, if there is any question about whether or not that iPad is the REAL Bible, then I’ve got to tell you I have access to about 11 Bibles on my iPad.  And a few commentaries.  It is a great study tool.

A couple of weeks ago, we jumped into a different pool with technology.  YouVersion (a FREE smartphone Bible app) provides community tools for worship.  FREE tools that enhance worship and allow feedback DURING worship.  And, all you have to do is bring your smartphone or device, hit the link on the church Facebook wall, and VOILA!  You are transported to the event that was created to accompany the sermon.

IF you go to youversion.com and create a free profile, you can join the Ebenezer community and find the event within your app.  But you don’t have to do that…  All you need to do is click on the posted link on Facebook and it will take you there.

WHY DO THIS??  Is this just another way of trying to be hip or cool??  NO.  I have already had feedback from visual learners who say “THIS HELPS SO MUCH!!”  It’s another avenue through which the truth of God’s word might be communicated in our worship.  So, WHY NOT???

2 Responses to “WHY are people playing on their smartphones?”

  1. marty coates June 3, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    great tool.

  2. Suzanne Barhite June 8, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    I like it!!

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