September 26, 2008

Texting in Church

From Michael Paulson's Articles of Faith blog:

At Morning Star Church in O'Fallon, Missouri, the Rev. Mike Schreiner is accepting mid-sermon text-messaged questions from worshipers. Tim Townsend, the religion writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports:

"The church's embrace of texting — this was the third week of its experiment — has already improved the dialogue, according to Schreiner, and energized many of Morning Star's younger members. 'I love it,' said 14-year-old Kailey Elfstrum, who had her text all ready to go even before Schreiner's sermon began. 'You get to ask the pastor anything you want while he's talking.' Her friend Maddie Howard, also 14, agreed. 'You don't want to admit your sins to the rest of the church, but this way you can still ask something important,' she said."