iPhones, BlackBerrys, and the Gospel of Christ
Mike PohlmanMike serves as the senior pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Bellingham, Washington. Mike is a former church planter in the Pacific Northwest, and served for three years as the executive producer of The Albert Mohler Program, a nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to Christianity and culture. Mike has a PhD in American church history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is husband to Julia and father to four wonderful children: Samuel (12), Anna (10), John (9) and Michael (4). When not pastoring, Mike loves sports, music, and hanging out with his family.
- 2008 Dec 08
During church yesterday a teenager in the seats in front of us used his iPhone throughout the sermon to text friends and play checkers with his younger brother. I noticed the dad was constantly checking his BlackBerry as well. Like father, like son.
It seems to me that this is a perfect example of when technology has become an unhelpful distraction. And while we didn't say anything to the family, we wondered over lunch whether we should have. After all, the family in front of us wasn't getting all they could out of church and, given our site lines, we weren't either.
Was the most loving response silence?