This past Sunday I preached naked.
I had no sermon text, no notes, no agenda and no idea where things were headed.
Just a Bible and a kamikaze sense of humor.
It was a crazy experiment: What if we invited our crowd to text-in no-holds-barred questions about God and the Bible anonymously?
I believe the Church should be a safe place to ask questions. And so we gave it a shot.
Early Sunday morning, my friend Phil helped prep me:
We set up a free Google Voice number to which people could text questions. Each question would appear anonymously on a second MacBook where our Tech Team could copy and paste it into our primary MacBook for instant on-screen projection.
Live texting gave our guests a sense of the immediacy of the event—they could literally ask anything and I would see the question on the big screen at the same time as everyone else. We would open our Bibles and unpack truths. We were in this together.
Facebook blew up Sunday with people's reactions. A few:
I enjoyed connecting with our crowd off-the-cuff. Seeing what kinds of questions people are wrestling with helps me as a pastor and communicator to better lead and minister to our people and guests in the days ahead.
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