From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Twitter In Church?

I’d read recently about some local churches that are encouraging their members to use Twitter during worship – to help congregational participation, to not commit the unforgiveable sin of boring people, etc. I don’t think it’s an issue in a small town church like St. Paul’s. We have had an occasional cell phone go off during worship – and when that happens I quite intentionally call attention to it or make reference to it in order to embarrass the phone owner. Not very nice of me (it’s probably a sin) – but I don’t think you can serve God and your iphone.

But what about Twittering? I would instinctively say “absolutely not” – but John Piper’s blog helped me understand why, and it’s put in a more winsome way than just saying no.  Here’s a couple of sentences from that blog to which my heart says “Yes!”:

“…we think you should use Twitter before and after corporate worship to say what you take in and take out. But when you are in corporate worship, Worship! There is a difference between communion with God and commenting on communion with God.

Don’t tweet while having sex. Don’t tweet while praying with the dying. Don’t tweet when your wife is telling you about the kids. There’s a season for everything. Multitasking only makes sense when none of the tasks requires heart-engaged, loving attention.”

To read the whole Desiring God blog comment on Twittering, and other related links, click here.

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