WATCH: Pastors Warn Addiction to Technology and Smartphones is ‘Widespread Problem’ in the Church

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Two pastors have offered practical advice for combating smartphone addiction — an issue they said is permeating the Church at an unprecedented rate.

Smartphone addiction is one of the “major pastoral issues” of today, Joe Rigney, an author, seminary professor, and pastor at Cities Church, said in a video posted on the Gospel Coalition website, yet it only emerged in recent years.

“I think anytime when we’re preaching at our church and we make an application to technology and smartphones … you can feel it palpably from our people that there’s a hunger for, ‘Yes, we feel like there’s something wrong here, and we just don’t know exactly what to do.’ Because we feel like they’re so ‘essential’ to living. They’re so useful in so many ways, yet it feels like there’s something that’s off,” he said.

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