Monster Truck Liturgy

Most religious folks could stand to laugh more. Often, they’re either obsessed with their own personal holiness, or obsessed with the fight for social justice. And, either way, these attitudes don’t lend themselves to side-splitting humor.

Frederick Buechner once had a character in his novel called “the joking cousin.” A native American, that person’s task was to cut up the crowd when the crowd was getting too serious for its own good….sometimes in the midst of even the most solemn religious celebration.

During Holy Week, I don’t know if you’re taking things too seriously or not. But I know you might be.

So, here’s a “joking cousin” moment for you, called “Monster Truck Liturgy” that somebody sent me today…

There is no deep social and redeeming value to it.

But I bet it’ll make you laugh, and probably laugh hard, and that’s never bad.

I’ve just Googled “Monster Truck Liturgy” and found some info on its origins….

There’s this entry that tells the full story.

Apparently, it was produced by an actual Episcopal who goes to this actual church….although the ad has not actually been used officially to advertise the church. It was produced by a guy named Mike McKenzie, who has proved that Episcopalians DO have a good sense of humor.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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