My fellow Lutherans and I have a reputation on Beliefnet for being a bit ironic and ascerbic -- oh, why varnish the truth; we're just smartasses. Anyway, a few of us were in a group discussion of church marketing, and my Beliefnet pal and fellow bloglodyte Corey, of Perpetual Lent , suggested that what Christendom really needs right now in order to be hip and happenin' is a pirate-themed church, a la Pirates of the Caribbean. We had some fun with this -- "Avast, ye scurvy, sinful dogs!";"Arrrrr, mateys, make a decision fer the Lord Jaysus now, or else the Almighty'll shiver yer timbers and make ye walk the plank to hell!"; a suggestion for a Captain-Morgan's-and-hardtack Eucharist -- when one of Corey's blog readers informed us of this book :
How sad is it when reality robs you of a good punchline.