Tuesday, December 4, 2012


All you really need to know about this is that there is not a single Roman Catholic anywhere in it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


This has nothing to do with vestments or Christian worship.  It is, however, a cautionary tale about what can happen when one loses all sense of aesthetic restraint.

Can any of you identify this picture?  Is it the official T-shirt of some jazz festival?  Is it something someone purchased at a particularly tacky New Orleans souvenir shop?  Is it the sort of prize you won at some school music competition, took home and which never saw the light of day again until your mom threw it out?

No.  Believe it or not, that was going to be a uniform worn by a major-league sports team

The occasion for this escapes me but in 1996, several National Hockey League teams were going to wear alternate jerseys for one or a few games.  Five of them did; one did not.

For reasons known only to the God who created heaven and Earth and who rules us all, somebody actually thought that my team, the St. Louis Blues, should have taken the ice in those things.  And they would have too, except for the fact that Mike Keenan, the coach at the time, refused to allow his players to compete wearing anything so idiotic.

Let all those who design liturgical vestments and all other forms of church decoration profit by this example.

Of course, what's really sad is that if the Blues ever did wear those things in a couple of games and then decided to sell them, they would be gone inside of a week.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I'll spare you the details but it's been an AWFULLY stressful few months around the Bad Vestments Building here in Webster Groves, the Paris of St. Louis County, Missouri.  I don't know how often I'm going to post for while but I had to share this.  Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Justin Welby, the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


I FINALLY found a place to move to.  I just got the keys to it last week which means that I basically have less than a week to throw stuff out and move whatever I'm keeping to the new joint.  I'm doing it entirely on my own so for the next couple of weeks or so, my job is going to be pretty much the only time I get to relax. 

In the meantime, here's a United Methodist Reporter interview with some wiseass blogger.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


For three reasons, things may be VERY slow around here for a month and a half or so.  The most important one is that I'm going to be moving so most of my energies will obviously be directed toward getting that done.  That's not to say that I won't post anything here, it's just that it will be probably be rather rare if I do. 

The second is that I'm also going to have to buy some new wheels.  I've got a 2001 Ford Ranger that's pretty much reached the end of the road.  In any event, I don't feel like pouring hundreds of dollars into it any more.  So there's also that.

The third reason is that I'm once again rethinking the whole raison d'etre of this site. I'm not thinking of closing it down, just greatly expanding its coverage.

Just so you know.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


...shall be visited upon the children.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


After extensive consultations with BV Corporate, the shadowy, international conglomerate that runs this site, I've decided to expand the reach of Bad Vestments a little bit.  Since the focus here is Christian aesthetics, we're now going to include unacceptable church buildings along with vestments and interior decorations.