In an upcoming Back Row Podcast, we will be playing "Faithful Feud", where two players will go head to head in answering Family-Feud-style questions about the church and Christian culture. The more responses we get from our readers, the better the game will be!
We've received our 100 poll responses and have all we need this time around! Thank you to everyone who were able to participate and also to anyone who is a little too late. Don't worry, we'll need more of these in the future, so be on the lookout.
The answers gathered from this poll will be featured on Episode 10 of The Back Row Podcast.
Back Row Brody | @BackRowBrody
Ever since Miss Piggy stopped returning my calls, I've been one lonely man puppet. Everybody has always told me that Christian girls need to be wooed in just the right way, so clearly, I assumed that meant they loved "Christian Pick-Up Lines".
So, in my seemingly eternal search for love, I try out the Ultimate List (with mixed results).
Brody the Puppet is a puppet. Named Brody. He's been fired from the Church's Puppet Ministry and has been banned from Children's Church. He takes no guff and pulls no punches. He thinks Elmo is a straight up punk. He is also infrequently on Twitter. Currently, you can contact him at @BackRowBrody.
Corey Wade | @cwadepga
What is one of the most things about Christianity is that somehow we have managed to make ourselves a culture, within a culture, within a culture. What I mean by this is that: 1. We are different than the lost world (or SHOULD be), and; 2. People within the body of Christ are very different from one another (every tongue, tribe, nation, sports team, and pronunciation of Augustine). This creates a delightful subculture which has its own traits and practices that are unique, and well odd. Let me share with you some of mine. Some may refer to these as superstitions, but…………Jesus.
Don’t say the “D” word: As a young married’s Sunday School teacher this comes up a lot. The “D” word here is divorce. We can't even acknowledge its existence. If you even have this word in your vocabulary and utter it at any time, a judge will spring out from behind a pew and force you and your spouse to separate and move to differing countries. You have been warned.
Every church has at least one. The man or woman who went to high school with Methuselah. The ones who believe that their personal preferences are what keep this church building standing.
I stopped going to church business meetings for about 5 years because there was always that one person there who refused to let the church update, change, or even repair anything -- and was an expert at convincing (i.e. strong-arming) others to agree with him.
It's heart-breaking, just as this song is a heart-breaking parody of "Let Her Go" by Passenger. Enjoy.
Robert Stevenson | @ap_527
The philosophical ponderings of our day are deep and weighty. Should we pray the imprecatory psalms? What would Jesus do? Free will or election? Kirk or Picard? Credit or Debit? And of course, every young boy’s favorite: if you could have any superpower, what would it be? Actually, I’ll have to answer that twice and cheat a little bit on the second answer... or else this will not be very funny.
Never stopped you before, Robert.
Oh! Rim shot!
Jeff Weddle | @anti_itcher
Compliments make Christians uncomfortable, especially compliments at church. We know church is about Jesus and glorifying Him, therefore, this is no time to compliment a person. How lowly. How Pharisaical. How worldly.
Therefore, the Body of Christ can be one of the least complimentary and most unsupportive groups of people in the world. Praise God!
However, there’s a chance Christians don’t compliment in church enough because you’re not trying hard enough to get compliments. It’s a possibility. Here are several pointers in getting a compliment-filled Sunday morning:
1) Play Music Badly
This doesn’t sound right, but trust me, it works. If you can sing or play an instrument, do some sort of musical performance in church and completely mess it up. If you play well, people won’t want to “give you a big head,” so they won’t compliment you. But if you mess up royally, the compliments will pour in. Sure, they’re all lying, but you’ll rake in the compliments.
Rich Douglas | @richdouglas4
Growing up, I bet you were like me and watched classic cartoons like Looney Tunes, and reruns of old Hanna-Barbera episodes. Why wouldn’t you? Cartoons were an essential part of childhood (that and scaring the cat who lived on Mrs. Bannister’s porch)! Plus, you learned so many valuable life lessons from cartoon. They taught you that quicksand was a real threat, and it would probably swallow you whole one day. You learned the best way to avoid ghosts and monsters was to dress up in silly costumes or go through a hallway full of unmarked doors. You learned when someone threatened you, the best response was, “Of course you know, this means war.”
If you’re also like me, you had parents who saw the “danger” in the cartoons of the late 80’s and early 90’s. The Simpsons was the only cartoon mom and dad would NEVER let you watch; unless you were over at a friend’s house and snuck one in. (Mmm... sacrelicious...)
My own wonderful, well-meaning parents tried to find other, more Christian options for my cartoon viewing. Mind you this was a little before the awesomeness that was, the Disney Afternoon (DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin, etc.) So we drove over to our local Christian bookstore (LifeWay, Family Christian, Joshua’s) and found VHS tapes of Christian shows to watch. Here are a few Christian cartoons from the ye olde 1980’s…
Psalty and Friends – 1980
You know what really gets kids’ attention? Inanimate objects that talk and sing. Thus Psalty, the singing songbook, was born. Debuting in 1980, Psalty first appeared on “The Kid’s Praise Album” through Maranatha Music. Psalty tied the fun, worship music for kids together on the debut album, which became a huge hit for kids and their parents. Many albums followed, and Psalty’s family grew to include his wife, Psaltina, and children, Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Although Psalty was never in an animated series, you saw his face all over Christian bookstores, with products that included music, videos, plush dolls, books, and even dinner ware. Psalty did appear LIVE and in person at concert venues all over the country. But time was not kind to Psalty, click HERE for his “behind the music” special.