On Sunday mornings, it's a whole new ballgame. It is still easy to find those churches in which the preacher presents the sermon while the people sit passively, silently, and motionless. It is still possible to find churches in which the minister "presents the message" and tells the congregation when to pray, when to stand, when to sit, when to sing, when to be quiet, when to contribute money, and when to leave.

It also is still possible to find grandfathers and the occasional photographer who takes black-and-white still photographs of that new baby.

Increasingly common, however, are 8mm movie cameras and camcorders. Parents and children appear to prefer pictures that move to still photographs.

And in worship, one of the most significant changes that will affect churches in the decades to come is this: Motion and emotion are replacing passivity and the motionless presentation of the gospel.


A useful analogy for describing this change is to look at the recreational preferences ...

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