The great church seating controversy

cartoon of a big man talking to an intimidated, seated man. He says, "Welcome to First Church. Now get out of my seat!"

It has always fascinated me how good people can get caught up in petty things like saving their seat at church. In extreme cases, it can even lead to violence like this example.

At one of the churches I attended, there was a legend about an elderly lady that would hiss at people if they were in her seat. One Sunday, a friend’s family was about to sit nearby. The dear old sister looked up, then commented, “It’s okay if you sit there. It’s Brother So and So’s seat, but he passed away this week.”

It runs contradictory to what Jesus himself taught:

“But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.” Luke 14:10 NIV

So you can have my seat. But I can’t guarantee a dear old sister won’t hiss at you.

I created this cartoon for the September 2016 CHOGNews.

The Simple Things For a birthday

Cartoon of a guy with a balloon. A woman says, "If I knew that’s all it took to give you a happy birthday, I wouldn’t have ordered the mariachi band.”

It’s the simple things that make a birthday the best. Whether it’s a balloon, cake or noisemakers, it doesn’t take much to get a celebration going. It’s the little, frivolous things that make a celebration fun. Continue reading “The Simple Things For a birthday”

Risk, Rewards, Regrets, and Resolve

 

Risk inherently means there is a possibility of failure. If you don’t wash your hands, you could wind up sick. If you play in a busy street, there is a good chance you’ll wind up in the hospital or morgue. If you put all your money on one stock, you could become rich or have a lot of scrap paper lying around.

When a person feels they have nothing to lose, they take big risks. The more money and success someone has, they become risk averse. Continue reading “Risk, Rewards, Regrets, and Resolve”

Stealthy Vacation Bible School

Cartoon of a boy yelling to a teacher, "Hey Mrs. Petersen! VBS is almost here!"

The plight of children’s pastors everywhere is when to begin planning for Vacation Bible school. Christmas takes precedence in December. Easter dominates late winter. Then before you know it, summer is here and there isn’t enough popsicle sticks empty toilet paper rolls or school glue to satisfy all the VBS planning needs!

So be kind to the person that is organizing your local VBS. He or she is probably searching frantically for enough cookies and punch to feed a devouring horde of elementary appetites!

I drew this for the April 2016 CHOGnews.