The Gospel in Stereo

This is a guest post by Stephen Bateman. He blogs at StephenBateman.com and Churchosphere. Stephen and I run in a lot of the same social media circles together. He’s a student of Business by day, and the social web by night. He enjoys talking about God, thinking about church, and making websites work. I like this statement that he has on his connect page:

  • I follow Jesus
  • Employed at Chick-Fil-A
  • Junior – USC
  • Blogger in Progress
  • Leader on Training Wheels

Hey Stephen, I was a business major at Georgia State. Bet you didn’t know that. Not sure what you want to ultimately do after graduation. Do what you enjoy. Enjoy what you do. Thanks for doing a guest post. I think it is cool that I had a variety of people who responded to the call.


I’m taking a class called “Musical Acoustics,” a study in the science of music and sound. Today my professor made an interesting statement: “hearing is the most powerful sense,” he said, “the Geneva convention doesn’t restrict heat or light torture, but they are very strict about aural torture.”

So what does this mean? Well, sound, biologically speaking, is powerful. Our words pack even more punch. When we share the Gospel (how the Word became flesh), we naturally use words.

There is an old saying: “Share the gospel, if necessary use words” – St. Francis of Assisi. I think what Frances meant was an affirmation towards action, not necessarily to downplay the value of the spoken word.

Now I’m sure someone, somewhere has felt the call of God by reading something. But use the advantage you have: use words.

How does this affect the use of tracts & other printed stuff we hand out as evangelism?

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3 thoughts on “The Gospel in Stereo

  1. Good thoughts, Stephen. Do you think the verse “Be Still and Know that I am God” goes along with this idea of sound? I think it may have something to do with quiet (the lack of sound) and getting alone with God. What do you think?

    • Man I love it, there’s a whole blog post in that one.

      In a less “spiritual” sense, Sting says that when playing bass, the rests are just as important as the notes. Thanks for the observation.

  2. I know that those times that I totally disconnect and get still, are the times that God speaks to me the most. The noise that is going on around me keeps me from truly listening to God. However, there are those times that I feel that silence is almost deafening. Think about how the testimony and witness of the church is being told by people who go about living the lives that God has called them to.

    Thanks Stephen for the thoughts.