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Weakened by PowerPoint, Strengthened by Connection

An interview with Don Sunukjian

PreachingToday.com:How can PowerPoint help the preacher?

Don Sunukjian: PowerPoint grabs the attention of the listener. While PowerPoint lends itself well to some parts of preaching, there are other parts where we may lose more than we gain. The question is, What will I use it for?

PowerPoint is good for charts. I would also use it if I wanted to put a verse up fast and didn't want people to take time to turn to it in their Bibles. I would use it if I wanted to highlight a word in a verse and compare the word's usage in another passage.

When might the use of PowerPoint be a disadvantage?

The most common use of PowerPoint is probably to advance a sermon outline. There the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.

Most pastors who put their sermon outlines into a PowerPoint presentation do so because they know it keeps listeners tracking and from getting lost. Preachers use PowerPoint outlines to increase clarity of communication.

But PowerPoint slides, or bulletin outlines for that matter, become ...

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