(by Tim) If they did it while I was preaching, I'd think I had no one to blame but myself. (Thanks, Janet.)
Link doesn't open for me, but I gotta wonder how someone checks e-mail during a sermon.
Maybe the first step is to secure the church wireless network, or better yet, don't allow laptops in the service.
I wonder what the Puritans would do with such a thing...
All you need is your iphone to check your e-mail in church but if the church had wifi I wouldn't have to use my own minutes up. I wonder if the local tree church has wifi to go with their coffee. Perhaps the elders should be considering that....you never know when God might send an e-mail instead of the Holy Spirit.
Never thought of that. I must be a dinosaur.
I read in [absolutely no idea what biblical] Leadership [is] Journal that cool tech savvy pastors are now asking their hot and hip twenty somethings to 'text' them questions while they preach. Isn't that, like, so rad?
Even more prevalent are people who bring their cell phones with them into worship. Can leaving it in the car be all that painful? I often ask them "are you expecting a phone call?" The answer usually has to do with work. If a call can't wait, maybe they shouldn't go to church that day.
Seems like just yesterday someone was retelling the story of a man whose cell-phone went off while at the communion rail. I guess the difference is the initiator, but the addiction remains the same.
But if you think the Sunday service is bad, you should see scientific conferences. 80% of the attendees have laptops, and 100% of them are either in e-mail or web. Gives a whole new meaning to virtual lectures.
>If a call can't wait, maybe they shouldn't go to church that day.
So anyone who is on call should refrain from participating in corporate public worship? Don't think so. Muting the phone would be a better idea.
Well, my cell phone never makes a noise. It's always on vibrate. But it's Bluetooth and has been known to introduce nasty feedback into our sound system when a call comes in. And this is a fairly common problem with Bluetooth phones.
So if there are Bluetooth phones in your church, they should always be turned off--not simply muted.
I agree, David. There still are such things as pagers, which can easily be put on vibrate and which don't seem to interfere, as blue tooth apparently does.
I always kept my pager on vibrate and sat on the aisle near a door when I was on call. One can always leave quietly and make the return call on a "land line" or their cell phone once they have left the worship space.
I guess I've just discovered one advantage to preaching and leading worship in a small venue:
In preaching, of course, I'm facing the pews. But for much of the remainder of the service, I'm facing the altar, whether speaking or singing. But, no amplification is needed. So in that regard, our worship is impervious to blue-tooth.
Smallness has advantages, I suppose.
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