Fruity, corny candy Christianity

This article is part 14 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

The old Ugly Church Stuff file is chock full of goodies! This time, it’s the sweet kind. Just when you thought faith in the West couldn’t get any sweeter, along comes the fruity kind of Christianity that can only be found in pun-covered, colorful, individual-serving-sized plastic bags. This sort of thing has been around for a long time (Testamints anyone?), but the Scripture Candy company …

Have “your feet shod” with…?

This article is part 9 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

Ephesians 6 makes reference to the whole armor of God. But, just in case you didn’t put on the whole armor, here’s a little something for you. This product has been around for a little while, so this isn’t news, but… This company has come up with a new meaning to “stand on the word of God”. How, you ask? “Inspirational shoe inserts”–whatever that is. …

Episcopal clowns

This article is part 2 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

In an effort to grow the Episcopal Church (ECUSA), the Diocese of Southwest Florida recently held an event called “Beyond Telepathy.” Here’s the archdeacon at the non-telepathetic conference:             Don’t worry about the archdeacon being reprimanded for clowning around in church. You haven’t seen what the bishops were doing! If I ever see a procession like this at my church, …

Clowns and Other Ecclesiastical Things

This article is part 1 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

I’ve heard of “clown ministry” before but the so-called “Clown Eucharist” takes the cake. No, I have no problem with clowns doing shows for children, giving out candy, and sharing Bible stories. Yes, I have a serious problem with clowns and mimes making a mockery of the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. On Trinity Sunday–a day for commemorating the sacred Godhead–Trinity Church (Wall Street) …