King of the Hill goes church shopping. I think this video is already making the rounds, but if you’ve missed it you ought to check it out. In it Hank Hill of the fox animated sit-com “King of the Hill,” leads his family in an amusing search for a church. The parody focuses on the local mega-church, but the whole thing is pretty clever:
Finally – just in time for the holidays, it’s Left Behind, the fashion line! For those not quite as quick to catch… this is not exactly a Tim LaHaye endorsed product. There is much that could be said…. several thoughts and jokes are percolating in my head. But for now I’ll just let you comment below.
(ht: Tim Ellsworth)
There’s a store called “Inspirations: Work, Home, and Play” directly behind one of the stores in which I work. They sell framed pictures with pithy sayings on them. I think most of us are familiar with these picture cliches. For example, one has a picture of a bicycle race or something and says, “COURAGE: Don’t follow where the path may lead; instead make your own way and leave a path.” (If only these signs began with the phrase, “Confuscius say….”)
Anyway, as we approach the holidays and you search for gifts, allow me to show you an alternative to such pithy optimism. For that jaded friend or coworker, perhaps you’ll have more luch shopping with Despair, Inc. You will encounter posters with such axioms as: “FUTILITY: You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take; and, statistically speaking, 99% of the shots that you do” They also have a unique line called “Teambreakers” – the burned out coach or manager on your list will enjoy such aphorisms as “BLAME: The key to success is knowing who to blame for your failures.”
There are a bunch there, and most of them are really funny. Enjoy.
Sometime in the early 90’s, a friend of mine procured a copy of a VHS tape that had one of the funniest videos I have ever seen in my life. We called it the “Tootin’ Tilden,” because it featured a silly televangelist named Robert Tilden and some hilarious dubbed in sound effects. I have never forgotten it. Well it is no surprise that something similar (maybe the original) has made it online. You can find it here when you need a few laughs or need to get in touch with the adolescent boy within.
While I’m on the subject, you can get a few laughs at Lark News – good satire of Christians by Christians.
Actually it’s called “All American Gospel,” but you can sense where we’re going. George Barna’s organization apparently does more than surveys and statistical analysis, as they are partnering with Church Communication Network Entertainment on a program that basically baptizes the American Idol format. Auditions will be held in up to 10,000 local churches across the country for 14-22 year old soloists who sing pop, gospel, hymns, or some other style.
It certainly brings to mind that bothersome church evangelical motif commonly called “special music.” Twelve finalists will then compete each week for a recording contract with a sublabel of Word Records. Apparently the show is not going to be on television, but is being marketed to church groups who can watch via satellite. Honestly, I gotta wonder how many churches would pay to sign up and then get a crowd together to watch Special Music Idol. The director of BarnaFilms explains the goal, saying this show “will help bring our youths – especially – back to church, where they can watch together and choose the next great voice in Christian music.”
Really? Am I too skeptical or cynical here? Will youths who are currently not in church be drawn in by the opportunity to watch this program? Do they care about any voice in Christian music? I just have to wonder if people are honestly thinking this would be a great outreach tool for teens… but if you want to do more than sing a CCM song at church on Sunday night, this is your chance.
What do you think?
Look out America. The same prodcution company that brought you “Monster Garage,” “Monster House,” “Biker Build-Off, and Ryan’s favorite, “Plastic Surgery Before and After,” now brings you “Pulpit Masters.”
It’s American Idol meets the SBC Pastors’ Conference.
Ten preachers will gather in Los Angeles to try to wow the masses with their best Joel Osteen or TD Jakes impression, and the live audience will vote one out each week. And you can follow the action on TLC.
Auditions are being held in St. Louis, L.A., Atlanta, and Dallas. Preachers can share whatever spiritual insight or lesson they want, as long as it is not hateful. No idea how the judging works (I’m guessing presentation more than content, but you never know) in the auditions.
My friend Ryan Lister and I are working up a cutting edge team-preaching concept we hope to take to the Atlanta audition.
Any ideas? We’re taking suggestions for costumes, delivery style, that kind of thing. We hope to be America’s Next Big Celebrity Preacher(s).
Driving through Nashville over the weekend (to and from Atlanta) we noticed a couple of billboards that had a picture of hurricane damage and said “Jesus cares… and so do Southern Baptists.”
I guess that the billboards are part of the campaign to get the town revved up for the convention itself next week. By the way, can you imagine how many gospel tracts are going to be left with tips at local restaurants? And please never EVER leave a tract if you don’t leave at least a 20% tip with it. In fact, I’d go so far as to say don’t visibly ask a blessing if you’re gonna be cheap.
Anyway, the billboards made me wonder if the SBC has decided to embark on a public relations campaign similar to the Mormon campaign that began in the 90’s. If so, I wonder if that’s a good idea or not. Does the Southern Baptist Convention need to brand itself and market itself or not?
Genuine question – leave a comment with your thoughts.
Speaking of branding, many of you know (and many don’t) that the state of Kentucky is trying to brand itself with the slogan, “Unbridled spirit.” The idea is to create a positive association when people think of Kentucky so that they will want to do business here, open businesses here, and vacation here. (Let’s be honest, the chances of Kentucky ever being a hot vacation destination are slim.)
On the road this weekend, it occurred to us that one thing Kentucky could do to create a positive impression of the state (or alleviate a negative one) would be to try to take care of its roads! You know you’ve crossed the border into KY when the ride starts getting bumpy and noisy. How many people drive from states to the north on their way to the beach or other points south? Leaving a favorable impression with them might involved actually trying to take care of the roads!
While I’m on the subject of billboards….
One time several years ago, when driving through rural South Carolina, Keri and I saw a billboard in the middle of nowhere that had two simple lines of text.
First, in white block lettering (on black) it said “Turn to Jesus.”
The next line was italicized in some kind of neon orange color: “Or Burn in Hell.”
I mention that because yesterday we saw a billboard in Tennessee that simply said in similar white on black block lettering: “HELL IS REAL.”
Such a billboard is amusing enough, but especially when we noticed that it was across the interstate from an establishment called “Adult Superstore.” I thought that was amusing… though I would imagine that such messages probably result in more laughs than soul-searching. But who knows.