Now in 3-D.

I read an article in Technologies for Worship about 3D technology in church settings. It is a good article. The author considers the cost of the technology, the challenges of doing it well, the differences between wearing glasses in a movie theatre and wearing glasses in a church service.

As I looked at the headline and as I read the article, I was convicted.

I understand desiring the best possible imagery in large gatherings. I understand the struggle to involve the people in the back of a large room in what is happening in the front of the room. I understand working to create meaningful worship experiences.

But I started thinking that if I truly want to create meaningful 3D experiences, I need to pour way more energy than I am into a living a biblical sounding word for 3D: incarnation.

Jesus could, I suppose, developed a better camera to project the quality of his love. Instead, he wrapped himself in a body. A 3D body. Complete with sweat and stink and touch and texture. John says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John talks about Jesus and says, “which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched…” There is about Jesus, about the stories of his hunger and hands on children and hiking and halting howling wind, a remarkable tangibility.

In a sense, this tangibility stands in contrast to the efforts to create three dimensions on screens in places of worship. Do you want to see a finger leaping from the screen or feel the arm of a friend around your shoulder as you weep?

I know. A place for both. But I wanna be the latter. Which is the point of incarnation.

6 thoughts on “Now in 3-D.

  1. Rich Dixon

    We attend a BIG church. I can watch the entire service on my computer in my pajamas with a cup of coffee. No parking hassles, no crowds, no people telling me their troubles or asking about mine. Nice and easy and produced and sanitary.

    And that’ll never replace sitting with those messy folks who are part of my family.

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  2. Rich Dixon

    We attend a BIG church. I can watch the entire service on my computer in my pajamas with a cup of coffee. No parking hassles, no crowds, no people telling me their troubles or asking about mine. All very neat and tidy and produced.

    And it’ll never replace sitting with those messy individuals who are part of my family.

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