Back into our Holy Huddles!

As a follow up to my post HERE at Relevant Christian, this news just came out of D.C.

The NFL, which found itself on the receiving end of protests and controversy after it objected to churches showing the Super Bowl on big-screen televisions, has reversed course and will now permit the viewings.

In a letter to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would not object to “live showings — regardless of screen size — of the Super Bowl” by religious organizations.

In response to questions from Hatch, Goodell said in the letter, dated Feb. 19, the NFL will implement the policy starting with next year’s Super Bowl.

A story in The Washington Post about churches — most of them evangelical — canceling their Super Bowl parties because they were afraid of lawsuits from the NFL if they showed the game on their jumbo screens kicked up a storm of protest on Capitol Hill and among some conservative leaders….

(Read entire article HERE)

Waaah Waaah!!  We are such whiners and criers because it is so important to us, as a church, that we hide behind the four walls to watch a sporting event instead of watching the game out in our community and neighborhoods.  Give me a break!

Bill Reichart is a pastor at Big Creek Church in Forsyth County, GA. He blogs at his personal blog, Provocative Church and his ministry blog, Ministry Best Practices.

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4 thoughts on “Back into our Holy Huddles!

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  2. i have a wall-to-wall-floor-to-ceiling video screen in my basement that, for the record, is bigger than the NFL restriction. every year, i invite my entire neighborhood and entire workforce and entire friendship base to join me for superbowl viewing, a winter BBQ, beer (gasp!!!) and GOOD CONVERSATION. i usually have tv’s set up all over the house and have about 60+ people between my basement and the main level. it’s been a way for me to further relationships in my community or open the door to them. this year, i couldn’t do it… my screen was too big and i didn’t want to knowingly break the restriction. after all, my character is a huge part of my credibility.

    so, yes, there are holy huddles, but “holy huddles” represents a ONLY A SUBSET, not the whole set. watch your blanket statements.

  3. What you are doing in your home is exactly what I want people to do in their homes. What I am frustrated with is that churches are so bent in having SuperBowl’s in their churches that they loose the opportunity to do exactly what you are doing – meeting neighbors and having a presence in the community. Churches should have seen the ban as an opportunity to be dispersed and go out, rather they complained about it and leverage political power and influence to remain in the status quo.

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