OJesus Does Stand-Up,O and Other Satires: Parables, Pictures, and Parodies for Today's Church

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Jesus Does Stand-Up, and Other Satires is a collection of fifty short parables and parodies that highlight the weaknesses of the contemporary Western church and the increasingly secular culture in which its members live out their faith. The satires target an entire herd of sacred cows, making fun of areas of discipleship or Christian living such as prayer, evangelism, worship, mission activity, and social justice issues. Several entries skewer the church's tendency to trivialize our faith or the holiness of God, ...

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Overview

Jesus Does Stand-Up, and Other Satires is a collection of fifty short parables and parodies that highlight the weaknesses of the contemporary Western church and the increasingly secular culture in which its members live out their faith. The satires target an entire herd of sacred cows, making fun of areas of discipleship or Christian living such as prayer, evangelism, worship, mission activity, and social justice issues. Several entries skewer the church's tendency to trivialize our faith or the holiness of God, or our obsession with our culture's emphasis on efficiency and individual fulfillment.The entries range from parodies of familiar hymns, including one that looks at Jesus as our friend on Facebook, to an exploration of the dilemma facing Donald Trump as he decides which member of the Trinity to fire. Others describe a group of cheerleaders rehearsing for Jesus' second coming, explain why Jesus couldn't be hired for a church's child-care job, and record Lazarus' difficulty in convincing his HMO that he was raised from the dead.The result allows Christians to laugh, or sometimes squirm, at these commentaries on the pressures of the consumerist, individualistic, and even narcissistic culture in which Western believers find themselves. Neither Christian conservatives nor progressives are spared. The intent of the entries, however, is never mean spirited. Collectively, these satires offer a corrective or warning, prodding the church and Christians to be the distinctive, counter-cultural presence and witness that God calls us to be.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608990382
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 114

Meet the Author

Gordon S. Jackson teaches journalism at Whitworth University , in Spokane, Washington. He has compiled five books of quotations on topics ranging from leadership to travel, and written two other books: a scholarly study on the press in South Africa, and a guide to knowing God's will.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 The Truly Personalized Family Worship Experience 1

2 A Recently Discovered Fragment from Luke Chapter 11 3

3 Donald Trump Deals with the Trinity 4

4 Go Into All the World...An Invitation to Missions 6

5 What a Friend We Have in Jesus 9

6 Carol's Busy Day 10

7 The Jesus Christ Show: The Credits 11

8 The "Good WUC" Man 12

9 Case 1495/94: Simon Peter 15

10 The Healer 17

11 The Trial 18

12 The Demographic Report 21

13 From the Bench 23

14 Palestine Politics-The Week in Review 25

15 The Bracelet 27

16 Minutes of the Church Governing Council 28

17 Petrusco vs. Lake City Tabernacle 30

18 An E-mail on Choosing the Disciples 32

19 The Update-A Phone Call 34

20 The Radio Spot 36

21 Bibles R Us, Inc., or, "Another Week at the Office" 38

22 No-Fault Confessions 39

23 Our Church is in Good Hands With All State Insurance 40

24 SpeedyPrayer 41

25 A Revised Hymnody for Post-Modern Times, No. 259 43

26 Speed Dating for Spiritual Seekers 44

27 "It is Forbidden for God to Work Miracles Here," Updated 46

28 An Organic Pastor 48

29 The Yellow Pages 50

30 The Communion Plan 51

31 A Sense of Occasion 52

32 The Lord's Prayer 54

33 The Senior Pastor's Difficult Phone Call, to the New Pastor of Evangelism and Outreach 55

34 An Imagined Response to Tony Campolo's Bad Word 58

35 The Very Model 60

36 Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me 62

37 The Day the Donut Man Didn't Show 63

38 The Church's One Foundation (Updated) 68

39 The Invoice 69

40 How Prayers Get Answered 71

41 Jesus Does Stand-Up 73

42 An Exciting Time at Our Saviors College 77

43 The "Second Coming" DisputeEnters Mediation 80

44 Death Loses its Sting at Conestoga Chapel by the Lake 82

45 The Christmas Accommodation Crunch 84

46 Lazarus and his HMO 88

47 Today's Sunday School Offerings 90

48 The Jesus Squad 92

49 Yet Another Rejection 95

50 A Pastor's Prayer for a Failing Body 97

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