In response to a post on the "Message Series" thread, I chimed in with the following: May we have a respectful dialogue about the use of multimedia in worship services? Let's include the following thoughts: </font> How can multi-media add to the worship service?</font> In what way can multimedia be a distraction?</font> At what point are we "crossing the line" and not doing our jobs - substituting whiz-bang technology for honest preaching of the Word?</font> From my point of view, multi-media is great for short introductions, possibly slide-shows from visiting missionaries, or even church announcements. I will also display a Bible passage from time to time on the screen. I think multi-media can become a distraction when you use too many of the capabilities of the computer - like exciting slide transitions, special effects, and things like that. Once in a while - okay, but to much becomes a distraction. Also, I'm not into "sermon outline" on the screen. That can definetly become distracting (just my opinion). I think we cross the line when we rely to much on multi-media (e.g. - long movie clips that make the supposed object lesson the center of attention instead of the Word). When the object lesson becomes the main point (in whatever form it takes: multi-media/story/illustration/etc.) instead of God's Word, we're headed the wrong direction.