As a holiness pastor, I must admit that technology has challenged my sanctification. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to give the sound man a little “feedback” of my own. Why can’t sound people assume that when you step to a microphone you’re going to say something that needs to be AMPLIFIED?! Instead, you have to repeat your first sentence because the sound guy was looking down at his smart phone playing “Angry Birds” when you walked to the
Furthermore, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve labored over a PowerPoint presentation on my laptop, transferred it to a flash drive, and then to the sanctuary computer, only to get one of those big red “X” messages that says something like, “An error occurred while creating an error report; your presentation has been permanently and fatally deleted.” That’ll leave your heart “strangely warmed.” Makes you long for the good old days of Flannelgraph!
Unfortunately, the very first Sunday we had a glitch. Apparently, we didn’t properly ground the new sound system. Do you remember CB Radios? State Route 33 ran past our church, and as I began the pastoral prayer, “Our Heavenly Father,” bleeding over the sound system came a trucker’s CB radio, “Yeah, go ahead; I got my ears on.” Three board members who were not entirely sanctified lay their all on the altar that day, and seven teenagers volunteered for missions in the Congo!
The good news is: God’s got his ears on . . . 10-4? Isaiah 58:9 says, “Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ He will quickly reply” (NLT). God won’t let your message go to voicemail.
MARK HOLLINGSWORTH serves as senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Edmond, Oklahoma