When we hear the phrase text messaging, we think of data processing: the speedy transmission of binary information over the Internet. This new form of communication replaces the slow art of weaving a narrative and telling a story. The relational power of speech and story is reduced to efficient sound bites of constant chatter.
As the speed of communications has increased so has our apparent impatience with the message itself. All of our efforts to systematize and package the Word, box-it-up for easy consumption, and domesticate it for our convenience, will meet with success. But it is the kind of success we neither need nor want.
Text Messaging: a conversation on preaching goes beyond identifying the conditions that make hearing the Gospel difficult and lays out ways in which we can embrace the scope of the whole counsel of God and discover strategies for text savvy preaching.