Thursday, September 9, 2010

ROTFLMAO

Once again, these are not vestments.  But the Board of Directors of BadVestCo Enterprises is considering expanding the scope of this site to include include not only vestments but church decorations as well (any input you have for or against such a move will be greatly appreciated). 

This picture, via FAILBlog, illustrates that while the Church should not conform itself to the world, it needs to know how the world conducts its affairs.  As the Lord Jesus Christ advised us, "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."

30 comments:

anothermatter said...

I literally laughed at this one for 8 minutes.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see them recycled on the front of the local Episcopal Cathedral.

Brian Yamabe said...

They're just being intentional and edgy.
http://www.wakewtf.com/
http://twitter.com/wtfiswake

Josh Schroeder said...

That was my first thought, too, Brian. They did that intentionally.

In this case, does it qualify as trolling on their part?

midwestnorwegian said...

Nice CJ. I like the expansion to decorations. You might consider vidoes/recordings of bad liturgical music as well.

Nickie Goomba said...

I suppose having a J banner would have weakened the message.

Anonymous said...

I am for the move to include ugly decor and also with MWN in that you should also add bad music.

MonkWerks said...

I am not sure which is worse that they did not know what it meant (i.e. clueless) or that the did (i.e. deplorable).

Anonymous said...

Seriously, music? WTF That's why I don't go to church anymore. Can't stand drums, can't stand mindless I/me non-hymns.

Mike Baker said...

Go for it. But I think that the blog should focus on its bread and butter: bad vestments. If you want to branch out occasionally then go for it, but keep the horrible vestments coming. That's your niche!

I also support occasional pictures of a poorly-worded church sign.

margaret said...

If it really is cluelessness then it's quite touching. The old guys in the Brethren hall I went to eons ago wouldn't have got that and they were, despite their dispensationalism, the proverbial salt. Of course they wouldn't have had a banner. On the other hand, if it was deliberate then it's an even newer depth of banality.

Anonymous said...

And I thought the "Calvinist puppets of doom" was as good as it could get. This is much better...er, um, worse.

Anonymous said...

A church in my neighbourhood put "Jesus is a best friend with benefits" on their readerboard. I called the pastor right away to clue him in on what most people understand that to mean.

Nârwen said...

A priest of my acquaintance wrote that while Christians are called to be in the world but not of it, trendy Christians tend to be of the world but not completely in it. I think this post and the comment before this are shining examples of what he meant.

Cantor Nikolaos said...

More proof that the "relevant" contemporary deluge is an EPIC FAIL!!!

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Cantor Nikolaos said...

For your next non-vestment photo, can you post a pic of an Allen organ in a cathedral? There is a cathedral in Charlotte, NC has a $100,000 electronic organ!!!Talk about not having any standards!

Sarah Dylan Breuer said...

I'm violating one of my personal rules by commenting not on a post, but on a blog as a whole.

I think this blog has one of the best taglines ever: "It's Not About You." I love the concept, and the execution of it is sometimes truly excellent.

But if this blog were a serious source in my estimation of what vestments are and when they're significant, I'd be left with the impression that vestments are worn almost entirely by bishops and that all mitres are awful on female bishops.

Do you read PeaceBang's blogs? She does funny, pointed, and informed critiques of clergywear with a much more ecumenical and theologically reflective point of view.

FWIW, I want to encourage you to do full-throttle what the title and subtitle of your blog promises. It's a lot of labor to do that with stuff that doesn't involve, say, the Presiding Bishop. Her photo appears in obvious online stuff far more often than stuff involving truly horrible priestly vestments. But Google Image Search and social networking are powerful, and I think you could do a great deal to encourage people to think even while they're still officially "in formation" for ordination (as if formation ever stops for serious Christians!) about what vestments are for.

Blessings,

Dylan

Patricia Cecilia said...

@Cantor Nicolaos:

As a Catholic liturgical musician, I would agree that an ALLEN electronic organ is a 'bad vestment' for the sublime music of the Mass. But electronic organs are not all bad--some are excellent, indistinguishable from a pipe organ, and a better stewardship of a parish's resources. Check out Johannus Church Organs--cutting edge technology at the service of music and musicality with accurate samples from pipe organs around the world, built by people who love liturgical music, at a most reasonable cost. But Allen has been the loudest competitor in that market for a long, long time...we suffer in our diocese with a surfeit of Allens as well. (Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Johannus, am just pleased to have used their organs in the past.)

Anonymous said...

Just clueless. Reminds me of when TEC offered signs that said "The Episcopal Church - We're here for you" - a slogan identical to the signs at Taco Bell.

It's astonishing that same-sex unions are considered controversial when the church has been going to bed with itself for years.

Monika

Cantor Nikolaos said...

@Patricia Cecilia:

Johannus makes a line of "Monarke" organs and the sound is very good. As far as electronic organs go, I like Ahlborn-Galanti the most. I've played several Rodgers organs, some Allen organs and two Ahlborn-Galanti organs.

I hate light-up drawknobs! One good thing about Allen is they've never used them. Allen does usually have good build quality and their consoles feel ruggedly constructed. Other than that, I don't like them. I think they are overpriced and I think the sound is not as good as others. It upsets me when a pipe organ is replaced by one of these horrid things! The fools on church committees who buy these things should be ashamed of themselves.

All of these brands make good-sounding models. The success of any electronic organ depends on the installation and configuration as well as the acoustics of the room.

With that said, I think even the best electronic organ is a compromise and in most cases not a wise use of a church's money.

The electronic organ I've had the misfortune of hearing in a church I belong to (that wishes not to be named) is an especially unwise use of resources and a very unmusical abomination. There is no enthusiasm in the choir at all. They often have to beg people to come sing. Any wonder why?

Because of my lack of appreciation for this mockery of an organ and openness about my dissatisfaction, the church I belong to and I have been threatened, intimidated and harassed by the company and their local dealer.

I've also been treated abusively by the parish council president because he considers pipe organs to be a waste of money. I think basketball gyms are a waste of money. When a church has a leaking roof, a bad choir and bare walls where there should be iconography, a basketball gym should be low on our list of priorities. The construction of the gym has been accompanied with enough graft to build a new pipe organ in the gallery!

If you have to get an electronic organ, I'd get a used one in good shape, add Lexicon reverb and try to place the speakers in chambers or in a place where the sound will reach you indirectly. The sound coming out of speakers is often harsh if your are close to them.

Pipe organs can last for centuries (except in America because we live in a throw-away society and throw away many useful things). I think a pipe organ is a very wise investment for anyone who takes their music seriously.

I guess that is off-topic since the forum is about vestments, but when We celebrate the Eucharist, our vestments should be the best we can off and so should our music.

Cunjo said...

This made my day!

Paul Woodrum said...

It looks like the facade of a mega-church so, one, I'm guessing naivete.

It looks like the facade of a mega church so, two, I'm guessing it's the name of their Gospel rock band.

bob m said...

I guess they are not on facebook ot twitter...

Interesting organ conversation.

(side note, had trouble with the word verification thing, it did not show anuthing the first time.)

bob m said...

Just went and checked out Brian Yamambe's links,
edgey and cute?!?!?!??????

Sarah Morgan said...

What Mike Baker said

Anonymous said...

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.

John Wolf said...

My theory is that the signs originally were displayed in reverse order (FTW!) but a tight cell of revolutionary surrealists switched them.

Anthony S. "Tony" Layne said...

Didn't LOL ... but I did GMBO (giggle my butt off).

Anonymous said...

My erstwhile favourite Christian blogger used to have a line in t-shirts: wtfwjd?

That was excellent. This photo shows Made of Fail.