Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Trick Dogs

Down here in Evangeland, it is the Fall Festival season. This is the time of year when many of our churches, being oh-so-careful not to use the "H" word, trot out their annual "Fall Festival" extravaganzas. Two goals seem to be in play. One is to provide a safe, secure venue for children to dress up, have fun, play games and indulge in some serious sugar highs. This is noble and laudable. The secondary motive is evangelical in nature--to entice families into the church through the children. The thinking is that if the children come, the parents can't be far behind. Frankly, I've never seen this really work, but of course, I could be wrong.

And I have absolutely no beef with any of this at all. What amuses me, however, is the fierce competition among churches within the "Fall Festival" market. A case in point: in my morning drive into the city, I passed a small surburban non-denominational community church (something with "Grace" in the name) that had obviously chunked out a great deal of money on a new, state-of-the-art sign, with bright red streaming video. And this morning, they were advertising their Fall Festival.

PUPPETS!!!! CANDY!!!! TRICK DOGS!!!!

Trick Dogs??? That's it! This church has inadvertantly stumbled upon what has been missing in American evangelicalism all along--trick dogs. Look for it soon in your neighborhood!

6 comments:

Luke said...

I am guessing that there wont be any Pugs involved! That would actually require training and discipline.

John said...

Hey, now! My pug is HIGHLY trained. He responds immediately to the opening of:

peanut butter jars
refrigerator doors
potato chip bags
microwave oven doors

s-p said...

I love it... protestant dog and pony shows. I can't wait to see what is next.

Caldonia Sun said...

"Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here."

If the song fits ...

Luke said...

I hate to add fuel to the poking fun at the protestants, but I saw something good this weekend. In Cool Texas, you can find the "Cool Assembly of God." I also received a flyer for a "Fall Festival" that includes No scary costumes, please. Giant Slide, train rides, games, prizes, candy, and more!!! (Minimal charge for pizza, nachos, hot dogs, & drinks). Ok, it isn't trick dogs, but you have to love the train rides.

John said...

Luke,
If we could just teach one of the trick dogs to drive that train....then we'd be getting somewhere! Oh well, maybe next year.