A rash of comic valentines has appeared at the Market Square Church. Results were unfortunate. These samples show the danger of such a practice:
For Our Preacher
I do not love thee, Dr. Fell,
The reason why I cannot tell,
But this I know, and know full well,
I get a headache when you yell.
S. S. Teacher’s Reproof
“Johnny Pistol, I declare
You’ve cut a curl from Annie’s hair,
Carved initials in your chair,
And while I glared in your direction,
Put bubble gum in our collection!
If you don’t stop, you shall not have your
Big gold star for best behavior!”
To Our Electronic Organist
With calm deliberation
you make your preparation
Depress the little stops …
and Whoom! the detonation!
How can you keep your balance,
serenity, and poise,
While stomping on the pedals
that booming bass of noise?
Your grand fortissimo piles
the decibels in cubes;
What supersonic sock
from the vacuum in tubes!
For a plaque above your organ
we bring this metal casting.
We found it by the roadside;
it says, Beware of Blasting!
The marching file moves in style
Down the aisle
In smooth formation. Each carnation
Bobs as one. The offering done,
With crisp precision now retiring
And quite aloof from eyes admiring
They slip into a narthex pew
Hid from view,
And there they shed the manner formal
Endure the sermon as is normal
With yawns and whispers, nods and giggles
Some gossip, titters, coughs and wiggles,
Each polished dandy munching candy.
This is the preacher’s heart’s desire—
To hush the ushers and the choir!
HOLLYWOOD AND BABYLON
The Halverson article, “Any Good—from Hollywood?” (Dec. 23 issue), is a statement in favor of a qualified recognition of the movies. Stephen W. Paine in The Christian and the Movies (Eerdman’s, 1957) presents the indictment.… ...1
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