Hell’s bells

My friend Mike is a minister in Rockhampton. He made the local news today for being generally awesome. You can read the story here.

Hell, the pizza chain, created a stir in Brisbane this week which led to a story in the Rockhampton paper, which Mike commented on online, this comment led to an interview, and a great story. Featuring this little gospel presentation that simultaneously showed that Christians are a bit normal.

This is a great example of how churches should be using the media. I thought I had written a post on that before, but I can’t find it. So I’ll write it today.

Ordained eight years ago, Reverend O’Connor said he did not find Hell Pizza offensive, irreligious or blasphemous.

“I find it amusing and would probably use it for sermon illustration,” he said.

“Christianity is not about rules and regulations, it’s about having a relationship with Jesus.”

Reverend O’Connor said St Andrews was a growing church with a number of young adults among the congregation.

“It’s important to interact with cultures that surround us, not standing back and labelling everything as evil.

“I’m just a normal bloke who likes having a beer, watching the footy and who loves Jesus,” he said.

“Hell is a real place, but it’s unhelpful for Christians to be jumping up and down about a pizza shop. We’re on about Jesus, not about being anti-everything,” he said.

The author

Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the campus pastor at Creek Road South Bank, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus.

3 thoughts on “Hell’s bells”

  1. I was in Brisbane this week, and we drove past 'Hell'. Wasn't sure what it was though. Haven't heard of it before.

    Good to hear there's some sane Christians in the media (by that I mean Mike). Why do Christians think our mission is to go round protesting everything rather than pointing out the grace of God? What a difference there'd be if our immediate response to issues in our society was defined by the grace God has shown us in Christ rather than 'morality'.

    My recent post 10 reasons why I’m not a creationist

  2. I wouldn't advocate a pizza place called "Hell" like he seems to, but I wouldn't protest about it either. And I didn't like a few of his comments.

    1. "And I didn't like a few of his comments."

      Care to elaborate? To me it's a case of Mike using an opportunity to present the gospel in a compelling and Christ centred way. I'd be interested to know which comments you didn't like.

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