Thursday, November 5, 2009

For real?

In a new category of "Things you'll never see at Redeemer" I just read this on the Aquila Report:

Churches Going to the Dogs
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 14:25

LOS ANGELES - (AP) To attract new members, the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles has turned God's house into a doghouse for one service each Sunday.

The 30-minute "Canines at Covenant" worship service features individual doggie beds, canine prayers and an offering of dog treats.

The church's pastor, the Rev. Tom Eggebeen, says many Christians love their pets as much as human family members, but churches have been slow to recognize that love as the work of God. Eggebeen believes, "When we love a dog and a dog loves us, that's a part of God and God is a part of that."

Laura Hobgood-Oster, a religion professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, says she has heard of half-a-dozen other congregations that hold dog-friendly worship services, including one in a Boston suburb called Woof 'n Worship.


Michael Lockridge said...

A town south of our own, just past the southern tip of the Monterey Bay, is Carmel-by-the-Sea. Rich people live there. Fun to visit, but not home for the likes of me.

Most shops have water bowls out front. Most shopkeepers and staff keep doggie treats on their persons. Apparently rich people really like their dogs, and people who want the patronage of the doggie rich are dog friendly.

I popped into a jewelery store, largely out of curiosity. I was scanning the four yard long display of Rolex watches when Rich-Lady-With-Little-Dog comes in. The shopkeeper talked to doggie, gave doggie a treat, and addressed doggie by name.

Very interesting.


Woody Woodward said...

I remember calling your cell phone about 4 weeks back to inform you that St Andres Episcopal Church at 127 and Antioch had this new “more progressive” sign posted for drivers by: “This Sunday is Communion Sunday, bring your pets to be blessed!” I bet the pastors message was something like, “Let’s all learn to bark for Jesus!”

tom kessler said...

Does that also rule out feline friendly worship services? After all if felines have 9 lives then obviously they are more important and also provides the ministerial staff the opportunity to save more lives in a single prayer.

Rick Calohan said...

I am sure if our Under Shepherd has his trusty herd management dog with him he would have his "turdy point" buck by now! Besides a cat has 9 lives and is not good for hunting deer. Field mice and birds of prey, well thats another story.

Michael Lockridge said...

I sometimes call the Holy Spirit the Hound of Heaven. My salvation experience was neither gentle nor peaceful. The Hound of Heaven herded me into the fold over several months. I ran, and was bullied and nipped until I was driven into the fold.

The Hound of Heaven will not leave me alone. I am most thankful for that.