The Sacred Sandwich



Unable to afford a new cutting-edge minister, Riverside Fellowship was forced to temporarily interrupt the sermon while cable technician Earl Schlub converted their old pastor from analog to digital.

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  • Comment by John Calvin Hall — February 27, 2009 @ 1:05 am

    I personally have enjoyed your parodies and satires, but personally, this image crosses the line into poor taste.

    I’m sorry.

  • Comment by Ian Hall — February 27, 2009 @ 1:41 am

    Very poor taste. I will be removing you from my blogroll. I will be doing this with regret.

  • Comment by Ian Hall — February 27, 2009 @ 1:44 am

    I have also stopped following your blog.

  • Comment by Charly — February 27, 2009 @ 3:48 am

    Great parodie. I can’t understand why the others are so appalled about this?
    btw.: it’s not the first time for me to see this motive. You can find it also as Cartoon on

    Greatings from Germany

  • Comment by Chris — February 27, 2009 @ 9:33 am

    I was a little surprised by the image, but I think it’s a bit rash and ungracious to pull the plug at one fell swoop. Keep up the great humor, guys!

  • Comment by Angus — February 27, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    Just saw the comments and am sad that some have been offended. Humor is a very tricky thing, especially in the context of Christian satire. Perhaps I am jaded in thinking that the image in question is innocent of any sinful connotation. I certainly meant nothing by it, outside of finding it to be a common sight in my years of watching repairmen come into my home.

    I am not above reproof and I will take my lumps if needed. But I would be better served if the criticism was directed at correcting me and not immediately writing me off. I’ve toned down the image as evidence of my desire to learn, and I hope my readers will help me do that by leaving their considered opinion on the matter.

    I apologize, nonetheless, to those offended.

  • Comment by Manfred — February 27, 2009 @ 11:11 am


    The concept illustrated is worthy of comment – I applaud your intent. The image of the repairman is not something I ever want to see and I could easily have gone all my life without having done so – and never regretted it.


    I still have your RSS feed on my home page and expect to find much more worthy Christian satire in the months to come.


  • Comment by Angus — February 27, 2009 @ 11:53 am

    Well, I sincerely apologize for that, Manfred, and wish I could supply a brain eraser to remove the memory.

  • Comment by Manfred — February 27, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

    Angus – LOL! Now I have visions of an Arnold movie ( in my head. At least that’s a slight improvement :)

  • Comment by Carol — February 27, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

    It would have been better for those who were offended to give a reason in an email if they didn’t wish to address it in the commentary section rather than just saying they were done with this site once and for all.

    Was it the repairman who offended or was it the idea that cutting edge churches want to “upgrade” their pastors? Methinks the very attack on cutting edge churches could have been the achilles heel.

    I do believe that Joel Osteen is “digitized” and will be capable of continuing to preach his fluff after the government controlled switch to digital preaching goes into effect.

  • Comment by tom Briggs — February 27, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

    d’ya mean Joel WOLFsteen?

  • Comment by Angus — February 27, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

    Carol, I appreciate what you said, but these posts are publicly displayed and it is perfectly appropriate for people to comment on them publicly, pro or con. If I can dish it out satirically, then I need to take it, too.

    I think I know where the offended are coming from, and in hindsight I can understand their viewpoint. I just hope they understand that just because I’m not perfect, it doesn’t mean that this isn’t a Christian site that strives to encourage and edify the Church.

    It reminds me of what Spurgeon once said about finding the perfect church:

    “If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.”

  • Comment by Michael Albert — February 27, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    Humor is in the eye of the beholder!

    I caught the intent of the posting.

    Keep the humor flowing!

  • Comment by Serpaco — February 27, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

    It’s sad that it offended some. I do find it humorous and harmless
    given the fact that, I do believe, your true base is a firm foundation in The Word of God.
    Although I understand their response. Now if I had the same negative reaction, I would look at the fruit of the spirit and see if I could find something that I could apply.
    May our Lord bless them.

    Say…that technician, are you sure he wasn’t a plumber?

  • Comment by Tyler- former WOF now Reformed — February 27, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

    Get over it, it’s funny. I bet Jesus is laughing too, seriously. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  • Comment by MickeyJim — February 28, 2009 @ 3:42 am

    ‘Hindsight’ may not have been the best choice of words under the circumstances. Nevertheless, this is a superb websight. Keep it up dear brother. There are many things which I find offensive in the professing church today. Your marvellous satirical wit isn’t one of them.
    In Him,

  • Comment by jazdaddy — February 28, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    Angus, you’re a dear brother in Christ. I hope that readers like Ian Hall will return for your kind-hearted and razor-sharp satire, recalling how many ways we all have offended the righteous sensibilities of Christ Jesus, yet in the mercy of His shed blood He will never cast off those whom it covers. This brings to mind 2 Corinthians 2 regarding the restoration of the one who was under church discipline. You humbly took correction where you’ve offended and so have honored your Master.

    Oh, and I think the picture’s even funnier now with the edit. Keep up the good work!

  • Comment by Carol — February 28, 2009 @ 9:52 am

    God knows that we are not perfect, the early church was not filled with perfect people, but they had faith and love, and love is lacking in the “church” these days.

    Whatever in the picture or text that seemed offensive, there needs to be love and forgiveness. You did not attack the gospel or the Lord Jesus and to just brush off this site for one particular picture is just totally wrong.

    I’m not a fan of every picture and caption posted, but I don’t delete the site. That’s just crazy.

  • Comment by Angus — February 28, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    MickeyJim: Yeah, “hindsight” *Sigh* I just keep digging the hole deeper.

  • Comment by Angus — February 28, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    jazdaddy: I agree; it’s better with the black bar. I wish I had thought of that earlier.

  • Comment by wcwirla — February 28, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    Just tuned in at the recommendation of a friend. Hilarious! Two-thumbs up! Judging by the comment stream, satire is not considered a spiritual gift.

  • Comment by wcwirla — March 1, 2009 @ 8:41 am

    I take that back. The comment stream is cool. I didn’t notice the black bar controversy. Of course, being Lutheran, I wouldn’t have been offended by the original. In fact, now that I look at it, the original was funnier. Carry on.

  • Comment by Carol — March 1, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

    Oh, the “black bar” controversy. This one will go down in “infamy”! This will be the subject of controversy on Larry King. This will be taken to the court of high opinion…

    Perhaps not, but it is funny to think that the “view from the pew” sans “black bar” is such a hot topic. Whilst most of what considers itself Christianity is embracing Rick Warren, emergent and pagan practices, yet this “black bar” is such a shocking thing.

  • Comment by Don — March 3, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    As I see it, there are two extremes at play here, the notion that if poor judgement is exercised in a spoof of modern evangelicalsim and crosses a line of moral decency and virtue that true believers have, that their only singular response should be to immediately axe said offender and all of his affiliated works.

    What of spiritual rebuke? and seeking spiritual repentance of a brother ?

    The second extreme, is the well worn mantra given in defense regarding “perfection” … If I had a dime for every putrid, lousy thing that I have ever seen or heard justified both in and out of The Church that was ” covered over” with a phony veneer of “I am not perfect”, I would be competing with Donald Trump for excess.

    The real issue is never perfection,…as Jesus is the only perfect ONE…However, ….The issue is HOLINESS, and keeping pure the Testimony of Jesus Christ and being approved workmen who are not ashamed …

    The test of this ” line in the sand” …is when in the name of impugning the folly of the doctrineless ship called post modern evangelicalism, we find ourselves resorting to base human instinct and tasteless, worldly crudity to make our allegedly “spiritual” points.

    As ambassadors of Truth and Jesus Christ who IS THE TRUTH, We needn’t and shouldn’t ever become crude, base or vulgar in order to supposedly raise HIS spiritual banners.

    That my friends is double minded and is delusionary,…

    Humor for humors’ sake is not what Sacred Sandwich purports to be about…this image sends a differing message about how low Sacred Sandwich is willing to go for a laugh,..Gentlemen, Fellow Soldiers, raise the bar and keep it there…or become as hip, relevant, and spiritually useless as the post modern Church is.

    May God Instruct your minds and hearts to HIS WAY and WILL.

  • Comment by David Kjos — March 3, 2009 @ 9:06 am

    Well, I haven’t been reading blogs much in the last week, so I missed the unedited version. I am a bit surprised you posted it, and agree with those who find it (unedited) in poor taste. However, in hindsight, [ahem] that is, in retrospect, there are a couple of things I’ve written that I’m rather disappointed with, too. So join the brotherhood of the fallible. Lapse in judgment notwithstanding, you still crack me up.

  • Comment by Angus — March 3, 2009 @ 10:04 am

    Don: I appreciate your very thoughtful comments that encourage us to a higher responsibility as ambassadors of Christ. I will take it to heart.

    I hope I’ve made myself clear that, even though my intent was never to get a cheap laugh, I regret posting the original image and apologize for not being mindful of the appearance of poor taste.

    Just to be clear, the focus of the satire was NEVER on the man’s unfortunate clothing malfunction. The fact that the image of the stereotypical repairman became a major distraction is evidence that I made a huge mistake in judgment. And that’s why I am still stinging from this latest testament to my lack of “perfection.”

    It is not a defense, just a fact that necessitates my need for grace. This, hopefully, is my last word on the matter.

  • Comment by Don — March 3, 2009 @ 10:43 am

    Amen Brother and Fellow Tyndale member

  • Comment by LuLu — March 4, 2009 @ 10:02 am

    I just “discovered” your website last eve. and was jubilantly sharing my “discovery” with my husband this morning. The cartoon’s main point was not lost on us. We also have visited enough post-modern churches to know that any “unfortunate clothing malfunction” the “cable guy” might have is played out in much less innocence from shockingly immodest “praise band” members to freakish apparitions calling themselves “youth pastors”.I am still jubilant.

  • Comment by Gary Bruce — March 5, 2009 @ 12:22 am

    I especially appreciated the cleverly stated humor given by Angus in your reply of February 27 @ 8:20 pm when you apologized with these amusing words:
    … ” and in hindsight I can understand their viewpoint.”

  • Comment by Jeff berletic — March 14, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

    I thought it was pleasantly offensive keep it up

  • Comment by Jeff berletic — March 14, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    Yay even refreshingly clever

  • Comment by Rose — March 25, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

    Were people mad because the moon rose early?

  • Comment by JehovahJava — April 15, 2009 @ 8:38 am

    Lay off, Don. Butt cracks are of God. When exposed in a non-sexual way, they’re funny.

    Thank you for helping suck the fun out of a small slice of satire.

    Good grief. The time to take an opportunity to slash a brother would be better received on a serious post.

    God created everything and it’s all good. Satan caused/causes God-created things to be evil and twisted. The Sacred Sandwich’s ministry is a headlight in a dense fog of dull posers. SHINE ON ^_^

  • Comment by hsl — April 19, 2009 @ 7:28 am

    What apparently was the main focus of the original cartoon, the apparent mechanization of so much of the content in many congregations, is much appreciated–even if it has been overshadowed by the repairman’s stance. Though I just found this entry so didn’t see the original, I think the black bar is a wonderful part of the whole scene.

  • Comment by Pastor Lew — April 24, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    I don’t see what the problem is. Was it the carpenter crack? Grow up, kids… I’m assuming that you edited the photo and put the black bar over it.

    Tip: I find with Christian parodies it’s actually funnier to put the black bar over anything “unmentionable” and include the word “Censored!” in the box in white lettering. Even if it’s borderline or unnecessary, the whole idea that you’re “censoring” naughty bits for the precious sensibilities of your more prudish Christian viewers is hilarious.

    LOVE You might have to apologize occasionally, but don’t stop doing what you’re doing. Remember Matthew 18:21-22

  • Comment by Greg Rice — April 29, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    This photo and the comment stream is some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen in a long time! The “carpenter crack” (as Pastor Lew called it – genius my friend!) is just a fact of life and I can’t think of anyone who is lusting after that! Sure it’s on the edge. But it’s not over it! So, maybe we should just GET over ourselves! (All said in Christian love – of course!) ;-D

    Thanks for the laugh! God bless!

  • Comment by Steve — May 15, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    To the Hall’s – it’s amazing you would have ever found humor in anything this site has to offer if a butt crack offended you.

    Keep up the great work Sacred Sandwich – you truly “get it” in this sad world where the “church” is missing it.

  • Comment by Ryan — June 3, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    Come on guys!!! You know Jesus laughs at plumber’s crack!

  • Comment by kentmoore — June 6, 2009 @ 7:01 am

    I’m a pastor and this is hilarious. Get over it people. They blocked it out even.

  • Comment by Randy — July 18, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

    I LOVED IT!!!! It’s a joke…get it and get over yourself.

    And, to quote a source, “Just say no to crack!”

  • Comment by Steve — July 24, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    This is great! Come people! Lighten up! This is Hilarious!!!!

  • Comment by Children of God — July 27, 2009 @ 12:59 am

    This entire post (including the comments!) were HILARIOUS! Hindsight…carpenter crack…plumber’s crack…just say no to crack…I haven’t stopped guffawing yet!

    I just found this site today, so I missed the original pic. No matter, it’s funnier with the cover up. I don’t know how many times I was tempted to get a towel or something to cover the cable guy’s crack as he bent down to complete his work. I have seen enough *hindsight* to last a lifetime, LOL.

    Your sense of humor is a breath of fresh air…keep up the great work!

  • Comment by Knight — September 24, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    I do not understand what people are so uptight about. (And this is coming from a rather conservative individual) This is a basic fact of life. If you can’t deal with it then I suggest never calling a plumber…

    Could it have been done better? Sure, and I think the solution was appropriate. Absolutely no reason to completely write off the whole website. (Or did we forget how many times Jesus told us to forgive our brothers???)

    By the way, if you can’t afford a high-def preacher I understand that you can get a converter box installed to convert your old one from analog to digital.

  • Comment by Dominic — February 12, 2010 @ 3:51 am

    Oh my goodness me – repairmen have bottoms! Quick, cover up the piano legs…

  • Comment by Kevin — February 25, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

    I think it’s even funnier with the black bar… Keep up the great work!

  • Comment by Peatree — June 29, 2010 @ 10:56 am

    I’m a Sunday School teacher in a very conservative Southern Baptist Church. Some people need to find the sense of humor God gave them. I think this is hilarious.

  • Comment by Don — June 29, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Well, if that’s not just the living end! It cracked me up to read the “offended” remarks. The bottom line is this is funny and relevant to the modern model of church in America.

    One can only imagine what that bill to convert him over on a Sunday was, the conversion kit, the software upgrade, the out of hours emergency service call, the time and materials, the new two year service contract, the extended warranty… yep that will put the church in arrears fo sho.

  • Comment by Rob — August 2, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    Thanks for adding the black bar. Glad I didn’t see the original version… :)

  • Comment by Deaconness — September 23, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

    Are these comments part of the joke? I mean, it’s not like you didn’t put the black stripe on the guy. It’s not like it wasn’t totally a believable audio guy.

  • Comment by Charlie — October 30, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    Some of these comments are unbelievable! Lighten up people! This isn’t porn.

  • Comment by DARRELL LINGERFELT — December 15, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    Funny stuff. You who were offended . . . piffle! I know that pastor. He will be better in hi-def, believe you me.

  • Comment by Randy — February 15, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

    I thought it hilarious, censored or not. Forget the plumber, have you gotten out of your car to pick up your kids at school lately? This photo is quite sedate compared to “pants on the ground” all over town.

  • Comment by Richard Givens — April 28, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    This “cracked” me up!

  • Comment by Perry — May 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Angus, thanks for knowing when enough was said. I am new here, and really do not know what to expect. I am glad that you “took your lumps” as you said and admitted to bad judgement. Why don’t you other guys do as Angus did. There is no need to continue what some brothers, and sisters find offensive. I will do as Angus did and say no more after my post. (even though I rather expect someone to disagree with me). I do want to say this to any of you who are pastors. I am not a pastor, “though there is nothing wrong with that..” but this comment by a pastor “I’m a pastor and this is hilarious. Get over it people. They blocked it out even.” …..bothers me, as if anything is or should be somehow different for a Pastor. Jesus had to die for Pastors also, even humble ones.

  • Comment by Shawn — May 17, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    I LIKE this one! I want to know what the sticky note on the pastor’s back says!

  • Comment by Dominic Stockford — May 18, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    It says: “Help! I’ve been hijacked by emergents, but I’m still in here.”

  • Comment by Paula — June 19, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    A good example of teachability here, as well as parody. Manfred’s usual godly and gracious manner is appreciated. Have known you for a while brother and thankful for you.

  • Comment by Flo — June 25, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    Hey .. as the only woman managing the office of a custom cabinetry and furniture making shop … where can I get one of those black bars?

  • Comment by Helen — June 26, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    My heart goes out to you Flo!

  • Comment by Flo — June 30, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    Thanks Helen … I just avoid standing in back of anyone who is bending or stooping. It’s a lot easier that way.

  • Comment by Jill — July 22, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    I love it! Reading through the comments…and laughing/shaking my head at those ole’ serious wrinklenecks that are offended..shirley you’re joking? *sorry for calling you shirley*…lol… :)

  • Comment by Chris — January 1, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalm 119:165
    I pastor a church and work a secular job. This graphic is nothing compared to what I endure 40 hrs a week.

  • Comment by John Jackman — February 26, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Say no to crack! Keep up the great work, don’t let the prudes get you down.

  • Comment by Errol — April 19, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    What I want to know is, was the repairman singing suprano, and has he ever heard of Duluth Long Tail Tees? A new tee could solve the problem for many in the congretation and those commenting here. That’s my take.

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