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Jesus Needs New PR

JESUS ON FIRE! (11 seconds of famous Jesus statue burning)

Touchdown Jesus is no more. It burned down last night after being hit by lightning.

The story is here.

**UPDATE** There will be a second coming! Of “Touchdown Jesus.” Yep… the church’s electronic sign had a simple message flashing Tuesday – “He’ll Be Back”.

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posted June 15, 2010 at 6:49 am

So what gay thing have they done to invoke God’s wrath on them? ‘Cause God only uses lightning to strike down gay stuff, right?

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posted June 15, 2010 at 6:54 am

no! not touchdown jesus! he summed up everything about american christianity that all of us cynics use for ammo! no! if touchdown jesus cant make … do any of us really have a chance? i think the answer is obvious …

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Jim Sanders

posted June 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

The lesson here, is that you should never build Jesus out of flammable materials. Should have gone with some solid marble.

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Sarah Mae

posted June 15, 2010 at 7:43 am

This has nothing to do with your post…

I so badly wish I could sit down with you and Jessica and have coffee… I very much want to not just read your story, but hear it. I’m sure you would probably consider me a fundie (if you check out my blog), but I did not grow up in a Christian home, and only became a Christian in college. I’ve been noticing that those who grew up the way you did seem to “rebel” against anything “conservative” where as people like me who grew up in a very liberal (not politically) environment tend towards the conservative (although I don’t like being in a box, I just like God).

So, anyway, random comment over. I’m trying to understand you more because whenever I read your website I get angry (ha, perhaps I should understand myself more!), and I don’t like that about myself (I always think, is it helpful to make fun of Christians SO intensely…almost with a, dare I say, hatred?). But, I know you have your story and your reasons, so I guess I better just read them! :)

-Sarah Mae

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    posted June 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Hi Sarah Mae,

    I hope I’m not being presumptuous by replying to a comment that you wrote to Matthew.

    First of all, Matthew wrote a book “Churched” about his experiences in his childhood church. That might give you a better idea where he is coming from.

    Speaking from my own experience, I was raised in a very liberal household, and then was recruited into a legalistic, fundamentalist off-shoot of the Church of Christ when I was 18. I stayed in until I was 30. The damage that was done to me and to my relationship with God (if you can call what I have with God “a relationship”) was enormous. It would be best described as spiritual rape.

    I don’t see Matthew coming from a place of hatred. Maybe that’s a matter of my perspective, since I think if I had a blog about Christianity, I would lay waste to half the Bible Belt.

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      Sarah Mae

      posted June 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

      KatR – thank you for replying! How were you recruited? What was the experience like – can you share a little bit?


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Sara Beth Stout

posted June 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

Awesome! I was just about to Tweet this to you if you had not seen it! crazy and hilarious!

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posted June 15, 2010 at 9:48 am

As a friend of mine posted on Facebook inregards to this: “It’s not that God is against graven images, it’s just that He has taste.”

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posted June 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

I wonder if the insurance company will claim that it was an act of God.

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posted June 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

I’m not blaming God on the lightening (though many people call it an act of God). But please please please Ohio, don’t waste money rebuilding this eyesore.

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posted June 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Don’t blame Ohio, Noelle! Most of us hate the eyesore, it’s this crazy-@ss church that built the thing.

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Eric Near

posted June 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

The original cost $250,000. Materials are probably a bit cheaper now, but still, the cost should be significant. If this is their mission, so be it, but I would choose to spend that sort of sum differently.

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Joe Crenshaw

posted June 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Living in Michigan and having to pass that monstrosity when I drive south, I am glad that the church wasn’t damaged and glad that that monstrosity is gone. It was ugly and I thought it was supposed to be a John the Baptist thing as it did not look like any past depictions of CHRIST.

I honestly hope GOD thought that thing was as ugly as I did.

I hope the church is fine and I hope they don’t rebuild that thing.

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iam lev

posted June 17, 2010 at 4:15 am

O wicked, impious, and foolish! what harm did the pools and the waters do to thee? Behold, even now thou shalt be dried up like a tree, and thou shalt not bring forth either leaves, or root, or fruit. Idols, be done with it. O loud shouting, and vile language, be done with it. I am a voice cring out in the wilderness. Be with me.

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iam lev

posted June 17, 2010 at 4:24 am

Hear, O teacher, the order of the first letter, and notice here how it has lines, and a middle stroke crossing those which thou seest common; (lines) brought together; the highest part supporting them, and again bringing them under one head; with three points of intersection; of the same kind; principal and subordinate; of equal length. Thou hast the lines of the A.

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iam lev

posted June 17, 2010 at 4:33 am

make thy caravans ready.

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