Thursday, February 01, 2007

churches and the NFL

Steve McCoy blogs about Incarnational vs Attractional Super Bowl.

Sports Illustrated has an article about how The NFL has demanded a church not show the Super Bowl....
NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek Baptist Church's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and overnighted a letter to the pastor demanding the party be canceled, the church said.
Newland said his church won't break the law. "It just frustrates me that most of the places where crowds are going to gather to watch this game are going to be places that are filled with alcohol and other things that are inappropriate for children," Newland said. "We tried to provide an alternative to that and were shut down."

Other Indiana churches said they are deciding whether they should go through with their Super Bowl party plans, given the NFL's stance.

There are many churches in the same situation. The NFL has 3 issues with the church:
  1. the league objected to the church's plan to charge a fee to attend;
  2. the church used the license-protected words "Super Bowl" in its promotions; and
  3. objected to the church's plans to use a projector to show the game, saying the law limits it to one TV no bigger than 55 inches.
Every church that I know of that throws an "S-Bowl" event, break the later 2 NFL Commandments.

McCoy suggests:
Seriously, how about telling the members to invite their lost neighbors into their homes for the game? Or how about going to your lost neighbor's house if they invite you?

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