Pirate Theology


Ahoy matey!

Well, I suppose most of you are going to want to know how Christopher’s 35th pirate-theme birthday party went. It went well, but it went well sans treasure hunt. We weren’t thinking. We should have known that treasure hunts work well on little kids with Saturday afternoon parties that are over by 6, but thirtysomethings with an open-ended invitation to come anytime after 7:00 pm means they’re not all there until almost 9:00 and by then it’s just too late to turn them loose on the neighborhood. Still, a good time was had by all, and you can see from the pictures that we were able to incorporate some of your ideas anyway.

There was plenty of “Shiver-me-timbers,” “Aye, matey!” and “Arrrr!” going on most of the night, and if anyone left their pirate garb at home, there were more than enough eye patches and skull and crossbones bandanas to go around. I liked it.

Christopher and his buxom beauty

Christopher and his buxom beauty

I’ve always liked pirates. They seem to me like good, bad guys, which is a fitting moniker for real Christians, I think. I’d like to think of us at the Catch as a bunch of good, bad guys seekin’ truth on the high seas. “Aye, matey?” As a sort of pirate church, we’re not authorized by any theological institution, but we sail the high seas looking for useful goods to rob and plunder. You see, we rob and plunder the good out of things by finding God’s presence and purposes in the world in places and from people where others wouldn’t think to look.

We’re bad. We know we’re bad, but God’s grace has made us good — a goodness we don’t deserve and didn’t create. So if we draw attention to our badness, then God can bring His goodness out in us and there’s no confusion over where it came from. Whereas if we focus on our goodness, we compete with God, and, well, kind of get in the way of His light. His plan is to use us in spite of ourselves, our plan would be to use us because of ourselves which might make us feel important, but it isn’t going to happen, because it won’t get the job done with all the credit going to God. “Them who think they be good for God are land lubbers not fit for life on a pirate ship!”

So join us, matey, on the high seas and we’ll plunder the booty ’n’ string up the land lubbers! Try to affect a swashbucklin’ attitude with yer delivery. There be nothin’ as unconvincin’ as a shy pirate. And keep on catchin’ the Catch. There be plenty more booty where this come from!

Yer hearty Cap'n

Yer hearty Cap’n

“His blessings be upon ye, scurvy dog!”


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8 Responses to Pirate Theology

  1. Carole in Midland says:

    Hi Diddly Dee! It’s a pirate’s life for me! I think we should let the landlubber’s walk the plank, Cap’n – a good plunge into the Sea of God’s Grace they’ll get, and if they be willin’ they can join the crew of the Catch, the finest ship yee ever did see! AARRG, right back at yee, Cap’n John!

  2. Mark Seguin says:

    Luv the truth I find in this: “…if we focus on our goodness, we compete with God, and, well, kind of get in the way of His light.”
    PS and 2nd Carole’s “AARRG, right back at yee, Cap’n John!” 🙂

  3. Mark Seguin says:

    PSS thx 4 the pics too, Pastor John appreciate them and you & Marti 4 them…

  4. John Haak says:

    Pirate Theology text: Luke 11:21, 22

    • Mark Seguin says:

      LOL very good verses John… 🙂

    • jwfisch says:

      “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.” Luke 11:21,22

      And the meaning behind this one, John? Always wondered about this. Can you enlighten us?

      • John Haak says:

        “Strong Man/homeowner” = Satan
        “Strong man’s possessions” = people w/o Jesus
        “Stronger Man/attacker/robber” = Jesus
        “plunder” = people w/ Jesus

        And there is another Pirate Theology passage of strange images about men of violence forcing their way into the Kingdom … Jesus strangely praises people who get aggressive here.

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