St Matthews' latest Christmas offering
Wed, 14 Dec 2011 3:11p.m.
By 3 News online staff
St Matthews-in-the-City Church has again rolled out a provocative billboard in time for Christmas - their latest showing Mary with a positive pregnancy test.
The church says the billboard aimed to “avoid the sentimental [and] trite” and “spark thought and conversation”.
St Matthews has caused controversy with numerous provocative billboards in recent years.
In 2009, their Christmas billboard showed Mary and Joseph in bed with the tag line, “Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow.”
This year Vicar Glynn Cardy says St Matthews wanted to focus on what it was like for a real mother with a real child.
The church’s website says the billboard has purposely been left blank of any text.
“We hope to do so with an image and no words. We invite you to wonder what your caption might be.”
The billboard, erected last night outside the church, will stay up until Christmas Day.
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20/12/2011 9:57:09 a.m.
harry smallenburg wrote:
But, according to either Matthew or Luke, an angel clued Mary in ahead of time. Why should she be so appalled? She didn't believe an angel?
20/12/2011 9:20:25 a.m.
It is both superb and refreshing to see a church do something so unmajestic, rather than gloryfying stories absent of any current social value, we see a glint of modernisation that is, perhaps, optimistic.
17/12/2011 6:27:12 a.m.
"One womans affair that got seriously out of hand..."
17/12/2011 4:22:26 a.m.
There's never a man around when you really need him!
16/12/2011 12:13:31 p.m.
The bill board does help to identify the religious bigots who are so closed minded that they fail to see the message that Glynn Cardy is promoting. Too wrapped up in the dogma of a particular church, to be aware of the actual ethos promoted by Jesus.
16/12/2011 10:47:35 a.m.
This just goes to show how ficticious the bible is. God was made up by people way back in the day because they didn't have science and wanted to know the meaning of life so someone took advantage of that. Yeah, id like to believe in a guy that will grant my wishes but I'm a realist and believe only in myself.
16/12/2011 8:15:46 a.m.
This billboard may humanize Mary's reaction to the discovery of her teen age pregnancy. It completely misses the point in the Biblical account as recorded in the Gospel of Luke chapt. 1& 2. Mary's pregnancy was through God's intervention, by-passing the natural process. Read Luke 1:26-38. And Mary's reaction was one of jubilation, not consternation as suggested by the billboard. Read Luke 1:46-55. God's i.e. Divine intervention can never be compared with human intervention. Doing so, simply indicates the person's confusion. I would suggest the Reverend who tries to spark this reaction, should go back and read the Bible. He might spare himself some embarrassment about his ignorance about the Biblical account.
16/12/2011 6:31:01 a.m.
Jim Haynes wrote:
Another manifestation of the anti Christian movement that is over coming our nation. The schools are being targeted daily the crosses and nativity scenes are becoming illegal and obsolete, the White House has eliminated the National Prayer Breakfast. The media glorifies and validates gay agendas, endless deviant sexual misconduct on the screen and on the internet. Our government that has disbanded and forgotten about he good people that voted them into office. I say, what more do you need to witness before you see something is drastically wrong in our nation, now more then ever is the time for Christians to speak out loud to defend the purity and existence of our faith.
16/12/2011 4:58:25 a.m.
Very disappointing. Easy to take a cheap shot at the one faith that is the least likely to fight back. Try doing something to insult Budda, Islam or even Michael Jackson. The world would be outraged! Too bad, another black eye for the Christian church
16/12/2011 4:29:44 a.m.
its not appropriate. why use mama mary in such billboards? there are other mothers out there. and just to spark thought and conversation? you have done it so well but not in a meaningful way. are you even a church?
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