Saturday, March 28, 2009

Roadside Gospel


Drive anywhere through the countryside in Maine and you're likely to pass by one of these roadside church billboards . This one from Faith Baptist Church in Auburn is a particularly fine example of the genre. It exhibits all the qualities of exemplary gospel signage--it changes weekly, employs novel line breaks, and displays a modicum of creative "thinking." 

God knows, these holy blurbs are not easy to come up with! After all, souls are at stake. Driveby salvation--you just don't know when it will happen. In an instant one's cosmic trajectory could dramatically shift away from eternal damnation to realms of glory.

Here are some more examples:

This church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.

Don't wait for the hearse to bring you back to church.

Faith in Jesus is the believer's passport to heaven.

God takes the stains out that others leave behind.

God has not gone on vacation and left you in charge.

And, finally, here's one that works for me:

Go out and preach the gospel. Use as few words as possible.

Please know that I am now accepting submissions for the 1st Annual Distant Temple Bell Roadside Gospel Contest.  If possible, please attach a photograph. A panel of experts (Sukie and myself) will be reviewing your submissions. The winner will have his/her selection posted on this blog. Contest deadline is May 31st.


3 comments:

Pamela said...

I am already on the look-out, as I am very competitive in this category!

David Heald said...

Go for it, Pam! I know you have it in you to be a winner! (of course, Pam, you ALREADY are a winner. I know that...) Thanks for the comment.

David Heald said...

Go for it, Pam! I know you have it in you to be a winner! (of course, Pam, you ALREADY are a winner. I know that...) Thanks for the comment.