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  1. Jennie
    April 20, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

    My general vote would be “no video” for all the reasons you mention above. That being said, there may be times it is worth it. Sometimes visuals make points that words just can’t. Still remember the photo John Yates put up on the screen several years ago. It was of his very elderly mother kneeling by her bedside in prayer. That visual will encourage me for life.

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  2. Cindy
    April 20, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

    Definitely think you made the right choice on this one. While it was somewhat (awkwardly) comical in your telling, the actual video was rather disturbing… yikes! In general, I’m not opposed to video, but do see the concerns. Ultimately, if you’re in prayer over the sermons, I trust the Lord to lead you accordingly. He knows best what will add to your sermon and I would hate for any personal preference to get in the way of that. I look forward to the rest of this series!

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  3. Mary Ann Calhoun
    April 20, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    I would vote for no video (especially this one touching on what might be particular sensitivities in the audience) I think if there is a video in a sermon, it might have the tendency to be the only thing folks might remember or it may distract from the main point of a sermon if the video is used to merely provide a supporting illustration.
    Then there is the whole problem with Powerpoint being so very fickle in its operation.
    Unless it can be seamlessly worked in without stopping the flow while the congregation waits on it,,, it could potentially be a plus.

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  4. davidmartinhanke
    April 21, 2009 @ 10:26 am

    REALLY helpful folks. Thanks so much for thoughtfully giving some feedback. I am grateful.

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  5. Elizabeth
    April 21, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    This particular video made me feel more than a bit queasy. How did the guy know they were going to fall? Was he some kind of shepherd when he wasn’t busy being a videographer? The lamb part was particularly tragic…but then I guess the analogy you made last Sunday in your sermon is apt—we happily eat our grass, think we’re getting what we need, decide we’re not, go look for another tuft somewhere else, all the while pretty much blind to the bigger predicament we are in…with the slippery slope awaiting us…and we can’t save ourselves from it… (Or as the guy making the video said–“Oh this doesn’t look good at all…and there’s nothing we can do!”

    As for video in general–I think there might be some rare times when it’d be good, if it’s decent quality (which this one wasn’t—very blurry and shaky), and short, and says it in a way that words alone can’t (or in this case—I think your words were actually better).

    Just my 2 cents….

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