Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse

Mavs PastorJust when I thought it couldn’t get any worse than the fact that the Mavs lost last night, I came across this story in the Dallas Morning News: “Pastor turns service into pep rally for God, Mavs.”

Apparently, this pastor in this Dallas area doesn’t know the difference between a worship service and a pep rally. Can you guess what his justification is for profaning Sunday morning worship? It’s pretty predictable.

“We put God in a box. Why can’t we bring life into the house of worship? More people will come to church if you have these kinds of things.”

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9 thoughts on “Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse”

  1. Well, I don’t agree with turning a service into a pep rally at all.(Watching the game together might make for a good community outreach/fellowship time, etc.) However, I do wish that the same um-pah and yells and hand clapping and devotion many of us give to sports teams, concerts, etc. would be given to God. For what he has given us in Christ is worth celebrating much more than a sports team, concert, etc.

    I remember a church I went to in Louisiana it was a no-no to clap/raise your hands, etc. or you were looked at as weird if you did (even though it is in the Psalms), but those same people could tear it up for the local college team.

    I guess I just think if we give that much to something of no eternal value we can give God much more in worship and devotion, thanking him and praising Him for what he has done for us.

    However, the pep rally (even for a former cheerleader) is a ‘bit much’…a little over-the-top in my opinion.

    Sorry they lost, Denny.

  2. I’m not sure I see too much wrong with what he did. It’s not like the entire church service was turned into a pep rally. They had the usual worship, and sermon. It’s not like they hold pep rally’s every sunday for a different team. That would be a bit much I would think, but if they reached just one new soul because of this don’t you think it was worth it?

  3. Denny,
    You are such a curmudgeon. God is clearly doing a new thing, and sports is being used to revitalize services all over America. Pooh on you for not percieving the Spirit’s work in these matters. Perhaps your love for the Mavericks has clouded your ability to accurately discern the things of God. What’s next, an attack on “NASCAR DAD DAY” in Sunday School?

  4. What’s wrong is that he violated sacred space. Regardless of Theological convictions of that term, everyone in actual civilization understands that there are at least certain things that are appropriate and inappropriate for certain times and places. The area in which one worships God, during the time one worships God is an inappropriate place for such drivel. Shall we start throwing chickens in the air and have a clown give a wedding service? If that seems wrong, how much more this is.

  5. So much for Christ-centered worship through the gospel liturgy of Word and Sacrament. I offically resign from “evangelicalism”, which is moving ever further away from being confused with orthodox Christianity…

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