Sunday, April 3, 2011

How the other half lives

So, let's say you've got one of those fancy rock'n'roll churches with the band, and the screen, and the coffee. And of course you are encouraging everybody to mull around and look at stuff in the gift shop and talk to each other in the Worship Center and so forth and so on before worship begins. How are you going to get everybody together for everything to start on time? Ring a church bell? Are you mad? You've got to have something cooler than that. You've got to have a countdown to worship video!

There is an entire cottage industry going for making these things. They range from the eerily Orwellian to the amazingly annoying. And here's one about how your church is so unique - you know, you and all the other churches buying this video. It reminds me of the StarzPlay opening on Netflix.

Weird, huh?


PS: "We want to unleash compassion in our community"? Is Compassion the name of some beast? Why is it bound? If it gets unbound, will Ragnarök happen? I mean, who else is "passionate" and "relentless" but Odin? The Wolf watches the hall. . .


  1. Huh, not even a nod to Jesus? Who is their god? Satan could love that intro. After all he wants us to get closer to him, even if it means some people have compassion unleashed on them....

  2. The guy in the second window flicked me off with the V sign, definitely not for mega churches of the British or former British empire, France, or most of Europe.

  3. I'm happy that I'm so naive and never knew this stuff was going on. On the other hand, unfortunately now I do...

  4. "Our church is about us (not Jesus)"

  5. Wow. Just so I am clear. There is a big screen in the church. 2-3 minutes before the Service starts one of these videos is played. Then, at the end of the video the Service starts? So I am trying to picture it. The video ends and the pastor comes running out with pyrotechnics going off? When the pastor runs out everyone stands up and claps and yells and cheers? What is going on?

    Next - advertising from your local Christian books store.

  6. Fr. Keith,

    You got it. I don't know that fire codes allow for the pyros, though. . .


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