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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dr. T. David Gordon, on Worship and Technology

T. David Gordon, professor at Grove City College, seems to have been a busy man as of late. He is the author of two books on the convergence of Christian worship and the media: "Why Johnny Can't Preach: How the Media Have Shaped the Messengers" and "Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal". Unfortunately, I haven't read either one, but they seem to be well worth checking out, if the following two interviews are any indication. First, here is an interview with Todd Wilken on the Lutheran radio show "Issues, Etc." They discuss the declension of worship music in the American church over the past few decades, and how there's no such thing as aesthetic relativism:

http://issuesetc.org/podcast/522062910H1S1.mp3

Then there is the following interview on the White Horse Inn. Dr. Gordon discusses how our lives have been overrun by media and technology, and how succumbing to this takeover has made us a shallow people, incapable of sustained reflection and contemplation:

http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/white-horse-inn/listen/distracting-ourselves-to-death-121250.html

Both worthy conversations, and too often avoided in the church.

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