Question: What is the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit?
Town of Springfield Public Live Blog
With a great dose a secular skepticism, this reporter is observing the
town’s first rendition of Bible
Jeopardy. Why so skeptical?
Because this reporter feels that
the “Holy” Bible is a book filled with myths, fairy tales and the wild
imaginations of men probably passed down from their encounters with space
aliens in ancient times.
I arrived for the event which is being
inconveniently held on a stormy Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the
Town Community Center.
Question: Isn’t that in-and-of-itself was a violation of the separation
between the church and The State?
But, this reporter digresses.
Bible Jeopardy is a game
for fun played between 3 churches here in Springfield; the game is loosely
based on the regular Jeopardy
game which still airs on a local television station every evening, except
do they skip Sundays?
Jeopardy’s host is being played by our Mayor—which this reporter felt
was curiously interesting, as this is a re-election year for our
Questions: Why does he call
himself a “Christian” mayor?
Why not a “family values” or “highly ethical” mayor?
the thunderstorms are getting closer, with the lightning and
rolling thunder getting more intense.
Bible Jeopardy board there are
5 categories across the top, in the acronym B.I.B.L.E.. Instead of playing
for money, the 3 contestants are playing for points.
There are 5 answers under each category: 200 points, 400 points,
600 points, 800 points and 1,000 points.
The 2 losers of Bible
Jeopardy would have to donate money to the winning church’s favorite
charity. Please note that in
the regular Jeopardy game, they
will sneak in some Bible stuff, but this game is way over-the-top—the
entire game is about the Bible!
(kind of a bottom line question!) What’s up with all this Bible
Interesting, as soon as I typed “stuff”, there was a bright
flash of lightning and an immediate thunderclap, and we lost our power for
a few seconds.
Bible Jeopardy board categories across the top looks like this:
Bethany’s story /
Immanuel is… /
By “The Way”
/ Lazarus lives / “Every”
Question: How lame is
Another lightning/thunder combination real close by.
all the lengthy introductions of the “Christian” Mayor, and the 3 Pastors
who’re playing the first 3 contestants, the game is (finally) on.
Question: Why did they not
start the game until almost 7:45 p.m.?
Pastor Rick picked “Immanuel
is for 200 points” to start the game.
The Mayor presented the
answer, “God with us.”
Pastor Rick responded with the question,
“What is...wait…WHO is Jesus?”
That’s a good question!
Who is Jesus?
This time the lightning must have hit an electrical transformer.
There was another lightning/thunder explosion, along with a flash
of blue light. All the lights
went out. Everyone just
froze, waiting for the power to come back on as it did before.
It looks like we have no power here…and this reporter may
get to go out for a dinner and a movie after all tonight!
ambient light in this darkened room are my laptop, a few mobile phones and
the amber EXIT signs posted over every door.
I am going to stop blogging for now…
Please note, I
wrote the rest of this blog when I got home that night:
After a few
minutes, one of the Pastors spoke up.
It was Pastor Mike.
“Is there a reporter still here in the Community Center?
The reporter who is blogging this event on the
Town of Springfield Public Live
I sheepishly answered, “Yes, I am here.”
we had a little time, I pulled up your blog on my Google Android phone.”
Immediately I got defensive. “I was only writing about the game.”
“Along with your questions, which shows your bias and opinion—which is
all fine—this is America.”
“Yes it is, and I can write what I want
“I agree with that, ma’am.
But your last question is
the question we all will ask at some point in our lives.”
“Who…who is Jesus?”
Simply put, Jesus is God.
And God in Christ Jesus loves
I could only nod
my head in agreement. I was
trying not to cry; but the tears squeezed out anyway.
It wasn’t so much what
he said, it was how he said it.
“Jesus is your answer.”
Amazingly, power was restored at that
--bro. tim pickl
Saturday May 26, 2012 A.D.
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