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John Newland, the senior pastor at Fall Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis, received the "cease-and-desist" letter from the NFL that led to many churches canceling Super Bowl outreach events in 2007. The NFL has announced it will allow church viewings. ...

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February 03, 2009  12:16pm

I have mixed feelings on this type of outreach. When the SuperBowl is shown in the sanctuary, who decideds which commercials should be shown at the altar? Beer? OK if they're clean? What if they're "iffy"? Last year my young teenage son sat and watched a room full of Christian men choose not to look away or not to turn off suggestive commercials. What did that teach him? The year they chose to NOT show the commercials, in deference to the holiness of the sanctuary, many people complained. On the other hand, it does bring in some unchurched folks. I guess I would feel more comfortable if it were not shown in the sanctuary, and with someone in charge to have the courage to stand against inappropriate material, to model for our sons just how Christian men need to be different.

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February 02, 2009  7:18pm

it seems ignorant to continue having football on sunday. It means evil dominated not money because christian complain. Please join the holy crooks group and think stingy because of meaness. meaness takes. outside pray. Thank you for your time.


February 02, 2009  4:40pm

I think Charles' comments are akin to the Pharisees who criticized Jesus for eating with tax collectors. I wonder how many adults his church has brought to Christ this year. Thankfully, most churches ARE looking at innovative ways to share the Gospel to the lost and dying, realizing this is much more important than the tradition of a routine man-ordained Sunday night service.


February 02, 2009  8:04am

Charles Thornton- Your self-righteousness becomes you.

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February 02, 2009  8:04am

Charles Thornton- Your self-righteousness becomes you.

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January 31, 2009  1:06pm

These Super Bowl parties may be drawing people to the church who otherwise may not go. I, for one, have no problem with a church hosting a party of this nature. I'm sure the homeless and starving people could attend the party as well.

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January 31, 2009  12:09pm

Fortunately Victoria's Secret pulled their commercial from this year's Super Bowl It would be rather embarrassing to see a commercial featuring scantily clad model on a 6 foot by 15 foot screen in front of your church.

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January 31, 2009  11:50am

There are six days given us for work and recreation, one for the care of our souls. This is a national celebration of professional Sabbath breaking for fun and profit, by those claiming to bear his name. “The LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7) Isaiah 58:13-14- "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." Matthew 5:19a- "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven..."

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January 31, 2009  10:42am

No one is worshiping pigskin here as far as I can tell. Like it or lump it thousands of churches across America will be offering Super Bowl outreach events both within and without their walls. This may be the only time that outsiders will ever find themselves insides a church or in an building sponsored by a church. Hopefully time will be available for sharing and for people to see a difference between the behavior of Christians and the behavior found in most sports bars throughout the country. Sadly the responses of many of the people to this article demonstrate the rampant Phariseeism still existent among today's churches. Has anyone read Matthew chapter 23 lately?

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Joshua Cookingham

January 31, 2009  8:05am

"to watch football on Sunday is great wickedness" Sez who? The Apostles Gathered food in front of the Pharisees, who accused them of sinning. To all who have commented negatively, think for a moment. Every single preacher has used something apart from Scripture to appeal to people. Charles Spurgeon used humor and theatrical emotion, which was also considered novel in his day. That said, I am concerned at the level ofadoration for football in the Church. This just seems a little more legitimate because they actually have a Church Service to go with it instead of bypassing the Gospel.

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Charles Thornton

January 31, 2009  7:15am

As an associate pastor, I am pleased to belong to a church that refuses to allow the Super Bowl or any other secular event to circumvent our Sunday night worship service. I am also pleased to see all the negative comments to this article. God has to be put first in our lives. When a church uses the Super Bowl as a so-called "outreach," what kind of a message are they sending to the people they attract? It is this kind of thinking that is the reason why the world is influencing the church instead of fulfilling God's plan to have the church influence the world with His standards. We are losing the moral battles in this country because of worldly compromise in the church and this is a prime example. There is only one cure and it is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

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January 30, 2009  11:20pm

to watch football on Sunday is great wickedness Sunday is a holy day set apart for God and His worship This Pastor and all Pastors who do such wickedness God is not pleased with at all.

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January 30, 2009  8:13pm

I for one am upset about gathering in the name of the Lord amd worshiping football. Jesus used a whip and turned over tables when he was on earth. He said my house shall be called a house of prayer..So I guess if your church doesn't pray you might as worship the football idols.

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January 30, 2009  6:46pm

I have typically been uninterested in church sponsered Super Bowl parties because they seem to take the emphasis away from things I deem more important. But, I attend an interesting Catholic parish now that uses this as an opportunity to share with the homeless. We bus all the homeless of our city to the parish hall where they are fed a meal while they watch the Super Bowl in the warmth. We give away hats, coats, gloves, etc. that are donated by businesses and members of the parish. This, to me, makes use of a worldly event to speak the love of Christ to those in need.

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January 30, 2009  5:45pm

How about a party for the final round of the Masters Golf Tournament?? Or maybe the World Ice Skating Championships?? Or.....

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A Protestant

January 30, 2009  5:06pm

Whatever happened to the Fourth Commandment?

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January 30, 2009  2:00pm

I sure am glad that God clarified this for the country. There are homeless and starving people in the community, but God needs a Superbowl party?

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