Ok, so the life of The Sarcastic Lutheran is a bit insane right now. Mr. SL got a new call to a church in a Denver suburb and we bought a house in the Park Hill neighborhood in Denver, which is an old multi-cultural-right-next-to-City-Park urban area. The house is a bit of a fixer-upper, so we've been insanely busy trying to do improvements while moving in. The kids start their new school tomorrow and I've just come back 2 days ago from Luther Seminary. Add to that my new book deal and what do you get? A very happy , very busy gal who is attempting to manage the embarrassment of blessings in her life while trying to remember not to speak of herself in the third person.
I was approached by Church Publishing/Seabury Books to write a book, kind of a social and religious commentary about the Christian Industrial Complex based on me watching 24 straight hours of Trinity Broadcast Network which is a televangelism cable channel. I suggested that perhaps the Geneva Convention might address making a person do this sort of thing....right after the paragraph on waterboarding, but then I agreed to it because, well, it was about the weirdest thing someone had asked me to do in a while,so how could I say no?. I am having a pleasingly bizzare assortment of folks come for an hour each and watch with me so that those chapters become a conversation between us about what we are seeing. Here's where you come in. I'm inviting my readers to do the unthinkable. Please watch TBN ... any amount you'd like, between 5:30am Friday August 24th and 5:30am Saturday August 25th (Mountain time) and e-mail me your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will have my computer on the whole time as I will be taking notes and may be able to have a little chat right there and then. Then I may just these comments in the book. I'm looking for any kind of ideas about what you see: what does it say theologically? about gender? about consumerism? about beauty? were you surprised? was the gospel preached despite the makeup and hairspray?
The book will hopefully be out a year from now so that I can take it to Greenbelt.
Well, there's your mission if you choose to accept it, as fucking weird as it is.