Okay, so my pastor mentioned in a business meeting the other day that he'd like for our church to move towards having "hymnals in the pews." First of all, we don't have pews, second we have MediaShout (I think that's what it's called). I asked my pastor why he thought hymnals are a good idea. He said that hymnals may be the only theology book most people in the congregation will ever hold. I told him that if we want to teach the people systematic or Biblical theology, we ought to teach it, not be satified with them holding a book on a Sunday morning. I've had more then a few people come to me with concern. It just seems to me that this would be a step backwards, and it would certainly be perceived as that by people coming to church for the first time; believer or unbeliever.
We certainly do hymns, probably more than a lot of churches with a contemporary style of worship. That's not the issue. I think that part of it is that our pastor was raising in the south and he's sort of nostalgic for a lot of what went on when he was growing up.
Can I get a little more talent in the monitors?