Not too long ago, as I was reading through my Twitter feeds, and I came across a link by John Piper about his thoughts on the use of multimedia and drama in a worship service. You can see the whole article on the Desiring God Blog, but there is one particular line that struck a chord with me. He said, “I think the use of video and drama largely is a token of unbelief in the power of preaching.”

Now, I greatly respect John Piper as a strong, biblical preacher, but I’ll also freely admit that there are a lot of people I respect with whom I don’t agree 100% of the time (especially on theology). This was one of those times when I had to stop and read the whole article over again. (Go ahead; I’ll still be here when you get back.)

Here’s why I picked that sentence out of the article. The rest of it I can understand as his position on whether or not to use such things in a worship service. I can get behind “let drama be drama! And let preaching be preaching!” as a valid opinion – not one I necessarily agree with, mind you, but valid nonetheless – but the point where I get a little confused is where we have “faith in the power of preaching.” I personally don’t have faith in the power of preaching – I have faith in the God who gives power to endeavors undertaken in His name.

Granted, preaching is a gift that God gives to us for the building up of His Church, but preaching on its own has no power – just like drama or video clips on their own have no power. The only power that any of our human endeavors have – on their own merit – is power to corrupt. Fortunately, however, we serve a God who has chosen to use our feeble efforts for His glory, and He gives us power to use the gifts (like preaching) that He’s given us as an offering to Him. Let me say that one more time: our endeavors have no power of their own; God has all the power, and He chooses to exercise it through us.

Now, it’s possible that I’m taking this WAY too seriously, and if so, I apologize for the rant, but I do firmly believe that we should be using any and all methods we have at our disposal to minister to the people around us, and if that means that we should happen to, on occasion, illustrate a point in a sermon with a skit or a video clip, then I think the Lord can use that as He sees fit, and it certainly doesn’t take away from His power to use it for His glory.