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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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