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Online Worship – Things to Think About

April 19th, 2020 No comments

I liked these two brief videos about producing online worship because they suggested taking a step back and thinking first about goals. (Don’t get me wrong: I’ve appreciated all the great content that bypasses that, for people who just want to do something. But with Easter behind us and no clear timeframe or picture of how the Covid-19 lockdown’s going to end, we need to look at the bigger picture.)

The first video asks you to consider what works best in the online realm. Are you trying to replicate online what you’ve been doing on Sundays, or are you (virtually) inviting people over to your house, like you would for a small group?

The second video picks up from there. Now that you’ve decided how you view the online medium, the next thing is to consider your objective. Why do you want to have worship online? There are lots of possible reasons. Pick one and go from there. (The video gives some ideas if you just can’t settle on a single objective.)

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It really is better to give…

April 12th, 2013 No comments

The Apostle Paul cites a saying of Jesus (not recorded in the gospel accounts):

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

According to this New York Times profile of Wharton Business School professor Adam Grant, Jesus just might have been on to something:

For Grant, helping is not the enemy of productivity, a time-sapping diversion from the actual work at hand; it is the mother lode, the motivator that spurs increased productivity and creativity. In some sense, he has built a career in professional motivation by trying to unpack the puzzle of his own success. He has always helped; he has always been productive.

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