Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hunky Jesus

a Biblical thought...
Peter said, "I don't have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!" He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked.

a Book thought...
Our experience of holy covenant brings a trustworthiness that frees God to delight in us by releasing the Kingdom in fullness. (p212 Court)

a Dave thought... from the SMH
San Franciscans have flocked to Dolores Park in the city to compete in, or watch, what has become an Easter Sunday tradition - the "Hunky Jesus" competition.
Officiated by a gay charity group known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which has been active in San Francisco since 1979, the contest pits costumed and usually scantily clad men against each other for the distinction of being declared the most attractive Jesus.
Catholics have labelled the annual pageant blasphemous, considering that previous entrants have included "old school Jesus", "surfer Jesus" and "zombie Jesus", an irreverent take on the Easter message of Christ rising from the dead.
But the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence insist the contest is all part of their mission to "promote universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt".

These events only happen in America! At least they are making Easter a public event and encouraging the locals to get involved. What can we do to make the Easter story work for the culture and the place we live and take it to the streets. If the Christian church is doing little to get the message to the people on our biggest weekend end of the year it will be the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and any others who attempt something public who will grab the headlines at Easter.

Just a thought.

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