NZ congregation repeats seasonal billboard provocation

UPDATED: St. Matthew’s is holding a caption contest for the billboard in question. Here’s the image…

… and here are some proposed captions:

Ray [Auckland] 14 Dec 2011 20:07:14

god give me strength to accept the things i cannot change

Ali [auckland] 15 Dec 2011 02:10:09

“yay, I hope it’s a girl”

Max [Dunedin] 15 Dec 2011 11:25:41

“My soul glorifies the Lord

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…”


An Auckland, New Zealand, congregation that’s become known for provocative billboards is at it again:

St Matthew’s, also responsible for the well-known Gay-Dar billboard and another suggesting God was good in bed, has placed the new version outside its central city church in a move, it says, is designed to highlight the fact that Christmas is a tough time for many people.

Erected yesterday, it shows Mary staring at a home pregnancy test which reveals she is pregnant.

In a statement, Vicar Glynn Cardy and priest associate Clay Nelson said Christmas was about “a real pregnancy, a real mother and a real child. It’s about real anxiety, courage and hope”.

(In February 2010, the Café carried mention of the possible removal of Glynn Cardy from the post of Archdeacon in connection with a mischevous St. Matthew’s-sponsored billboard in 2009 suggesting God was better in the bedroom than Joseph. Today’s article refers to Cardy as Vicar with a capital V.)

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