Uncategorized / February 3, 2013

The Super Bowl and Evangelical Identity

The Super Bowl is the largest athletic and cultural event in the world. Since it happens on Sunday each year, churches have to make a choice about what, if anything, they are going to do for it.

So, what does the way a church handles the Super Bowl reveal about its evangelical identity? Here’s my take, tongue in cheek:

  • Evangelical churches host a Super Bowl watch party in the fellowship hall, black out the screen during commercials to avoid any unseemly ones, and turn off the broadcast for “fellowship time” during halftime
  • Conservative evangelical churches host a Super Bowl watch party in the fellowship hall, black out commercials, and have a gospel message and invitation during halftime
  • Evangelical megachurches host a Super Bowl watch party in the fellowship hall, show church program promo videos during commercials, and do their own live halftime show featuring their 300-member choir
  • Missional evangelical churches host Super Bowl watch parties in their home groups, laugh through all the commercials, and debate whether Beyonce is lip syncing during halftime
  • Emerging evangelical churches host Super Bowl watch parties in their home groups, laugh through all the commercials, and debate whether Beyonce is lip syncing during halftime while geting refills from the open bar
  • Fundamentalist evangelical churches don’t have Super Bowl parties because of Sunday night services, of course. But many of them rush home to their DVR to catch the recording

This post on the Super Bowl and evangelical identity was inspired by Russell Moore’s post in October on Halloween and Evangelical Identity.



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