Holy nosebleed pew, Bibleman! I found this story about Lakewood Church in today's NYT and was floored. Apparently they held their first service on Sunday in their new digs -- the former arena that once hosted the Houston Rockets (capacity 16,000). Do you think they now hang banners with the jersey numbers of the twelve apostles where once hung the retired numbers of old hoops stars?
Don't get me wrong...I am totally open to converting existing secular structures into houses of worship. A house around the corner from my childhood home was turned into a Buddhist temple a few years back, and I hear the services they hold in Union Station AMC movie theater are a lot of fun. But when you turn a stadium into a church, how do you decide who gets to sit in the luxury boxes?