If I lived in Springfield…

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : July 10, 2007

avatarIf you go to the Simpson’s Movie website, you can create your own Simpson’s characters.  Here’s what my wife and I would look like if we were on the Simpson’s. 

I don’t know what I would do if I were forced to live in Springfield.  They’ve only got one church–and it happens to be a mix of the worst parts of the Mainline and Evangelical traditions.  I’d probably have to plant a church there–probably in the “bad part of town.” Or perhaps I could talk Moe into letting me start a pub church in his tavern (though that probably wouldn’t work, since Moe’s isn’t very trendy and he only has one type of beer on tap). avatar(4)

I’d start a coffee-shop church, I suppose, but I’ve never noticed a cool coffee shop in Springfield either.  Perhaps I’d have to plant a church in Shelbyville.  I think they might be ready for something “Emergent.”  Of course, property values are probably low enough for me to buy a couple houses to start a neo-monastic community.  Maybe we could start an after-school program.  After all, a troubled youth like Nelson would probably be transformed if he were to experience authentic, sustained, love from a community of hospitality.

avatar(2) Of course, if things went well, and a real movement of emerging-type churches were to be established in Springfield, we would probably start a Springfield Cohort.  And then we could pool resources together and throw a conference.  And of course, Tony Jones (pictured left) could come and speak. :)

Or perhaps, we could get Brian McLaren…avatar(8)

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4 Responses to “If I lived in Springfield…”

  1. Beyond Words on July 10th, 2007 1:19 pm

    That is brilliant. Springfield should be so lucky as to have you move there.

  2. graham on July 10th, 2007 2:14 pm

    Your character’s likeness is uncanny!

    But, seriously, Shelbyville?!

  3. Bruce Reyes-Chow on July 10th, 2007 3:20 pm

    Nice! Love the McClaren one. We did on our site with our three kids. Ou “sweet” one went right for the skull and cross bones tShirt! One of my cousins is going to do our entire family, 4 generations.

  4. Art on July 10th, 2007 4:02 pm

    YES! That is so awesome. Love, love, love the Mclaren/Jones characters. They resemble them so much.

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