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Speaking of churches

With all the church talk lately, I'm surprised this article wasn't posted (I didn't find it under a quick search for 'Houston').

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/17/mega.church.ap/

"Church opens in former Houston Rockets arena"

It turns out one of the churches you regularly see on TV, just moved into the Houston Rockets stadium. They now fit about 16,000 for each service.

And they were still full to capacity the first few weekends, and are already talking about the next bigger church (from NPR, not that article).
Permalink Andrew Hurst 
August 1st, 2005
If God has a wicked sense of humor, the roof will collapse when it's full.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 1st, 2005
"If God has a wicked sense of humor"

Of course he/she has - he gave us all assholes...
Permalink Actively Disengaged 
August 1st, 2005
The universe is a project created by a child god for a sixth-grade science fair. He got a B-minus on it.
Permalink Siddhartha Vicious 
August 1st, 2005
All organic matter is carbon-mache.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 1st, 2005
Are we not the living proof of the idiot God who placed us here
Are we not His dirty children, His unwashed sons who He holds dear

Are we not the proof that there may've been another creator
If this is the ultimate truth, it had to come out sooner or later

I've looked for the reason why we're here
I've kept on searching until it was clear
I've looked for excuses - can't find no other
We must be the product of God's kid brother

Their ivy halls are closed to us
We scrape to survive and we taste the dust
The things that we weren't meant to know
Are spoke of in places where we can't go
So don't tell me you still find it hard to believe
That we were made by a different God

Are we not the proof that there may've been another creator
Let's run to the volcano and toss a virgin in the crater

I've looked for the reason why we're here
I've kept on searching until it was clear
I've looked for excuses - can't find no other
We must be the product of God's kid brother

Their ivy halls are closed to us
We scrape to survive and do what we must
The things that we weren't meant to know
Are spoke of in places where we can't go
So don't tell me you still find it hard to believe
That we were made by a different God

Maybe there are two Gods
A perfect God who made all those perfect people
And another God who made the rest of us
And maybe, just maybe, somewhere there's a Heavenly choir
That sings off key

Are we not the proof that there may've been another creator
We'll dodge our way through life and hope for something greater
Permalink Dead Milkmen again 
August 1st, 2005
" he gave us all assholes... "

Most of them post here.
Permalink  
August 1st, 2005
What would classify as being a moneychanger there? Does it have to be a currency exchange, or do ATMs count?
Permalink Tayssir John Gabbour 
August 1st, 2005
I'm not surprised that that church is so big. It's led by Joel Osteen. I'm not a Christian, but I've caught his sermons on TV before. He is an AMAZING speaker.
Permalink Yoey 
August 1st, 2005
I myself attend a relatively large church (~1000 per service). The only thing that makes it work is that there are enough sub-groups that almost anybody can find some people they relate to. I myself am a bit of a cynical intellectual wannabe (as evidenced by the fact I post here). I have met friends with similar dispostions at church (iron sharpening iron). On the other hand, I have been to christian events in arenas before, and it gets a bit to mob like for me. Lots of groupthinking and such.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 1st, 2005
I grew up in Houston. There were always these huge billboards on the freeways advertising the "Oasis of Love" with pictures of John Osteen (Joel Osteen's dad) on them. Seriously, that was their slogan. And Osteen Sr. looks a little like Bob Dole, not a pretty picture when blown up to 50' high.
Permalink Jason 
August 1st, 2005
Are you sure it was a church? "Oasis of Love" sounds a bit like a bordello to me.
  -tim
Permalink a2800276 
August 2nd, 2005
Men in particular tend to confuse love and sex. But it is possible to love somebody without having sex with them.
Permalink AllanL5 
August 2nd, 2005
Women in particular tend to confuse sex and love. But it is possible to have sex with somebody without loving them.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 2nd, 2005
AND it's possible to skin someone alive for material for your new "woman suit" without either loving them OR having sex with them.
Permalink muppet 
August 2nd, 2005
Funny how conversations turn.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 2nd, 2005

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