Periodically I will use this blog to share some stories about some of the songs we’ve been blessed to be a part of through the years.
Because this week is Easter, I wanted to share the story behind one of my all time favorites. Crucified With Christ was written in 1995 with Don Koch and Randy Phillips. Randy’s group, Phillips, Craig & Dean recorded it and it reached the #1 spot on the national Christian radio spot in May of 1996. In 2000 it was listed as the #1 song for the decade on the CCM Inspirational charts.
In spite of the commercial success of the song, the reason it remains one my favorites is that the passage of scripture it was taken from, Galatians 2:20, is my life verse.
If you would like to hear the song, copy and paste the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWe9nC_Jybs
5 MEDIA WORSHIP DISTRACTIONS
Call it my own special brand of attention deficit disorder, but the more technology finds its way into the way we worship, the more I seem to be distracted from the very act of worship. Something tells me I am not the only one. As much as good media can enhance the worship experience, I think the opposite is true as well.
Here are my top 5 media distractions in no particular order:
1. I don’t know where to breathe.
If you are trying to teach me a new song, it would sure help if the lines on the screen pause at the same places the music does. You may have listened to it all week, but I haven’t and could use the help.
2. The lyrics occupy too much screen space.
Leave some breathing room on the slide. When the words stretch from the top of the slide to the bottom and from border to border, it looks like a messy desktop. Remember the 5×5 rule. — no more than five words on a line and no more than five lines on a screen.
3. The not-so-seamless video.
I know you love that video of water crashing against the rocks, but if the video isn’t a seamless loop, it disrupts the visual flow every time it goes back to the beginning.
4. Transition fatigue.
Just because your presentation software has some really cool transitions, I don’t want to see them. Worship is not the time to try and to impress the worshiper. We just want to see the words that we’re supposed to sing next before we should be singing them. Timing is everything.
5. The faded font syndrome.
The sanctuary projector does not have nearly the resolution of your computer. White lyrics on a light, sky-blue background may look great on your laptop, but I can’t see the words on Sunday.
So what are the things on your list?
I had lunch recently with a pastor friend of mine who had been experiencing some health issues. He told me about a new device the doctors had implanted near his heart that constantly monitored his heart condition. If there were any unexpected changes in the rate, it would relay the information to a device on the dresser, which would in turn notify a technician who could make the necessary adjustments. In his words, “It is now technically impossible for me to die.”
Even as we joked about what that might look like 90 or so years down the road, I couldn’t help but think about the long-term implications of increasing technology only to mask an original weakness. Furthermore, I couldn’t help but wonder if I have been guilty of the same thing myself?