Monday, September 12, 2011
Using Technology Better...
I would like to offer a series on the liturgy taught by Dr. Art Just or a webinar on Matthew by Dr. David Scaer or something on Tennessee Lutheran history by Dr. Larry Rast or the Church's Song by Dr. Richard Resch or, well, I could think of a thousand different topics that would benefit from a streaming video Bible study or a podcast. I am sure that many of those folks already have presentations prepared -- used at Pastoral Conferences or other similar settings. Why not adopt them to larger use?
I have had lay folks come to me with hesitations about lay led Bible studies in which no solid answers were available. They wanted to hear from those who could say with confidence that this is it means or with a thorough knowledge of the setting describe what was going on within the people of God when the Word of the Lord came to them through the prophet. I know what they mean. We have good tools -- The Lutheran Study Bible -- but these tools are ever more useful when well-prepared and effective teaches lead us.
Our Synod pioneered the use of new technology -- The Lutheran Hour and the radio, This is The Life and TV -- why are we not using the technology more effectively today? I am amazed at the little videos Al Colver creates using his I-Phone. I love the short videos from the President's Office. Lets see how we can make the new media into effective tools for teaching and reaching the people in the pews. This does not have to replace locally led Bible studies but it can enhance the resources of even the smallest parish so that we do not have to put up with the less than accurate and faithful resources our people are looking for and getting elsewhere.
I am offering this idea to my friends at both Seminaries. We have the technology. We have the teachers. We can do it. What do YOU think?