The Use of Visual Presentation Technology in Sermons: How to Use This Technology Wisely
The purpose of this thesis paper is to explore the question of whether or not it is appropriate or wise to use visual presentation technology like PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc., in sermons. In order to do this, there is a study conducted of the use of visual aids in the Bible. There is a specific emphasis on the prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Jesus. There is also a study of preaching and teaching to make sure visual presentation technology is not forcing preaching out of the pulpit and substituting it with teaching. There is also research conducted on the pros and cons of using digital visual technology. Much of this research was done using books and articles already written on the topic. Finally, the last section provides advice on how to implement visual presentation technology into a church, how to use visual technology in the pulpit, and how to put together a team to support this technology. In summary, the use of visual aids is indeed supported in the Bible. Using PowerPoint and similar software does not have to substitute teaching for preaching in the pulpit. Every church’s context determines the use of visual presentation technology.