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.
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!
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.
What would happen if a few of the greatest secular rappers of all time found God and decided to flip their scripts? We imagined just a few:
Do you have some to add to the list? Leave it in the comments below!
Corey Wade | @cwadepga
We’ve all been there. Coming off a sleep starved night—mostly toddler related sleep deprivation and the message isn’t quite resonating. Your mind begins to wander and your eyes are getting heavier. You MUST fight it! But how? Count those in attendance? (although counting sheep could make you more sleepy--*Rimshot*.) Figure out different combinations to fit your fingers in the communion cup holders? If it's really bad, you can get out your phone out to check your “bible app” –You’re fooling no one.
So what is a good Christian to do when he doesn’t have the mental fortitude to focus during the sermon? Here are my 3 favorite games to play to stay partially engaged with the message, because something is better than nothing:
Corey Wade | @cwadepga
Here at the Back Row Church Nursery, we are happy to help you find your best fit in serving Christ. All roles and jobs are important and vital to our ministry, so please read the following job descriptions to find where you will serve best according to your gifts:
Senior Adult All-star: You have raised enough children and grandchildren to form a small militia. In the snow, 15 miles both ways mind you. Your presence serves as the backbone of our labo- uh, volunteer force. You are full of knowledge and we want you to dispense this knowledge to absolutely anyone within earshot. Home remedies of questionable origins are most encouraged.
Youth Church Skipper: Do you have a burning desire to skip the 9 am service at any cost? The church nursery is just the place for you. This is an entry level position and to gain entry, you must make sure to be able to make a case for your own helpfulness and willingness to serve. Upon successfully making said plea, please make sure that your serving includes staring blankly at your phone and avoiding eye contact with others at all costs.
Newbies: The position is reserved for those newly married and hoping to start a family one day. What better place to practice than with the sweet little angels in our church nursery?
*** On an unrelated note, Back Row Church is not responsible for any injuries sustained during nursery service, popsicle stick related or otherwise.***
After Christmas Eve, Matt Coker practically disappeared from Twitter for nearly two weeks, only managing to tweet out a few random, obscure tweets that felt like subtle cries for help.
I'm sure a few of you, like the rest of us here at The Back Row, were worried about him and wondering just where he was and what was happening to him!
Here were our top 11 theories:
As it turned out, he was simply stuck in Idaho through the New Year, visiting his wife's extended family. That might have been worse than anything we came up with.