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Bad idea or bad design?

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posted November 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm

changes the whole ‘head of the church’ dynamic, doesn’t it.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

You are a perverted loser. You know that this is the washing of the feet and only taken from a terrible angle. I think there are funny things out there and that we do not always portray Christ in the best manner but you have the most blatant disregard for anything Holy and are honestly a jerk to many things. Perhaps you should leave your middle school ways and grow up!

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    Matthew Paul Turner

    posted November 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Hope that made you feel better. Because that comment was more for your benefit than mine.

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    posted November 6, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Curtis. Dude? Whats the problem. This is the whole point of the sight. We need to make fun of authority to survive. Go to Amazon and order a copy of The Feast of Fools by Harvey Cox. Religion needs the comic along with the cosmic.

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      posted November 6, 2010 at 7:25 am

      I meant site. Spellin is not my strongest talent.

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    posted November 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I honestly thought it was some dude puking in Jesus’ lap after a long night of keggers. I thought, “Ew! Poor Jesus! He’ll hold back your hair for ya!”

    Get y’all’s minds outta the gutter!!!

    (full disclosure– I am a “liberal”, “skeptic”, science geek. And, yes I think Jesus totally needs new PR)

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    posted November 8, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Agreed! I think Jesus needs new PR but lets still be reverent.

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      Matthew Paul Turner

      posted November 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

      Just an FYI, I did not sculpt this statue.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 8:14 pm

My undergraduate college has one of those statues. Definitely never interpreted it that way…

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posted November 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

“Stand up, stand up for Jesus!”

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posted November 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm

It is sad that in this day & age, even innocent things get interpreted sexually. :(

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posted November 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I agree with your comment. Why are people so offended by comments concernina statue? That’s not Jesus. Its about time that war was decared on lame ass Christianity. Not the true word of Christ; but the southern baptist preachers that manage to stretch “gawad” into a 2 syllable word. Lame ass christianity that has a pink haired lady on a cable network. Lame ass christianity that says gays are evil, but let’s us wear blended clothing and eat lobster.

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    posted November 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Best comment I’ve seen in a while that articulates how I feel about the perception of modern day Christianity! You rOcK, Brad- this is the kind of PR Jesus would approve of… but what do I know, I’m just a Christ follower…

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posted November 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm

people need to grow up. this is funny and you know it.
the artist should have thought this design through more throughly though….

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posted November 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Bad Angle.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Oh. Man. How anyone could look at that and not think BJ is beyond me.

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Charlie's Church of Christ

posted November 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I think I actually appreciate the college’s innocence – its almost refreshing to see someone not so terribly tainted by our culture

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posted November 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm

It may just be a bad angle, but don’t you think the artist should’ve thought of that in the first place? Like the title of this post says: “Bad idea or bad design?” If there was ever any chance that someone viewing the sculpture/statue could see it from this angle, then it should’ve been altered in the design stage. I would hope that seeing it from the side you wouldn’t think of any other meaning than what was intended. I’m sure it was created with the right heart though. I don’t think MPT is judging the artist’s heart here.

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Chris Loach

posted November 5, 2010 at 10:59 pm

both…and bad angle…

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posted November 5, 2010 at 11:41 pm

wow. keep’n it classy Matt. Why should I have expected anything less?

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posted November 6, 2010 at 1:06 am

I Ask Jesus to purify our minds.
“Create in me a clean heart, oh God…”

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Arni Zachariassen

posted November 6, 2010 at 4:18 am

Is this at DTS?

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posted November 6, 2010 at 10:28 am

My undergraduate college had this statue as a key piece at one of their main entrances. Of course, the emphasis is on servant leadership. (The degree to which the school met this is a different discussion, but they put it out there as a frontpiece of what they were striving for). The students (myself included) knew that if you looked at it from this one bad angle, it could be a bit…ahem…misinterpreted. However, I don’t think it spoils the whole statue, or its meaning. So in this case I don’t think I can say Bad Idea OR Bad Design. Like many others, I say bad angle. For those curious as to how it could be interpreted any other way,
from all other angles it is a statue of Jesus washing Peter’s feet. The official title of the sculpture is “The Divine Servant” and can be seen here ( and from many different angles on Google images. Kitschy still? Yeah. But not so bad as the majority of “Christian” art I’ve seen.

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posted November 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Sculptures and statues are works of art in three dimensions….so an artist should look at every angle from which the piece could be viewed. Yes it is a bad angle to view this piece, but the artist should have seen this angle as he/she was working on it.
Perhaps there is a lessen to be had for us all. Whether it is a piece of art or a conversation or an attitude, there are always different angles from which to perceive it. So instead of jumping to a conclusion and judging, perhaps stepping back and seeing it from a different angle. Or instead of becoming defensive, perhaps stepping back and seeing it or hearing it from another person’s perspective might help. Just a thought.

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posted November 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

was this taken at Bob Jones? did someone get their “1st BJ” pin?

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Michael King

posted November 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

This is at Dallas THeological Seminary. I went there for grad school. And I walked by this statue every day thinking how bad the design was. Plus, of course Jesus has perfect, split-end-less, fresh-from-the-salon hair.

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