Caption contest

A couple of days ago, I found my way to the Facebook page for St. Matthew’s Church in Auckland, New Zealand. Until now, I didn’t know much about the church, but it looks like a vibrant and engaging place. Lots of tradition, but lots of playfulness too. Just the way I like my Christianity.

Anyway, this photo seems to cry out for a caption. At first, I thought about emailing it to the Mad Priest for one of his often-hilarious caption contests. And then I decided to inaugurate a caption contest feature here on 7WD.

Photo from St. Matthew's, Auckland, NZ

Honestly, this has nothing to do with the puzzling goings-on in the Episcopal Church these days around leadership, budgeting, and mission. I’m too baffled to say something useful or even to have fun with it yet. (If you wonder what I’m talking about, read this, this, this, this, this, and this.)

So be nice or at least gently funny in your captions. And the donkey could be a lay donkey or an ordained donkey, so let’s have no lay vs. clergy comments, please. In fact, best to leave out mention of current controversies — this is a time to laugh, not mock (said by someone who occasionally forgets to do the one rather than the other).

Oh, and check out St. Mathew’s. Might just need to head over to New Zealand to check it out. And I’m totally going there on the Sunday when donkeys, sheep, and goats are in church.

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8 Responses

  1. Ben G says:

    Now generally I frown on sermon props but for every rule there is the occasional necessary exception.

  2. Kevin says:

    The priest’s offhanded comment that “we need to get more asses in these seats!” was both misunderstood and taken too literally.

  3. Erp says:

    Balaam’s ass has a few words for the present day church.

    St. Matthew’s seems to be a church the conservatives love to hate (not to mention tear up their billboard).

  4. Bruce says:

    Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
    (Genesis 22:5, KJV)

  5. Scott Gunn says:

    Bruce and Erp, your biblical references seem about right. This makes me think that Balaam should be added to Holy Women, Holy Men. That story has plenty to teach us in the church today, not to mention the possibilities for sermon illustrations.

  6. Bill Carroll says:

    At my dear wife’s diaconal ordination, the preacher (my godfather) said “If God can speak through Balaam’s ass, God can certainly speak through the asses in the Episcopal Church.” He died last year, and I’m pretty sure he was never invited to preach at the Cathedral again.

  7. Ted Hallenbeck says:

    New member arrived, but not yet seated!

  8. Ted Hallenbeck says:

    New member arrives, but not yet seated.

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