Chili in Cleveland ... With a Dash of ApologetiX
Tue., Jan. 25. 2005 10:21am EST
Our fans aren't satisfied with amazing us by using our parodies to share the Bible with others. They go one step further and come up with some of the most creative ideas, like "Elijah's Fire Chili," as described by Bruce Benning in Cleveland OH on January 18:
"Today at work we are having a Chili Cook-off as a way to have 'fun' at work. So since my wife makes some great chili (she took my recipe and made it even better!) I entered it in the contest. Then they asked me for a name for the chili. So I was going to go with 'Benning's Better-made Chili' but the coordinators of this event expected something more creative.
"So since I like to use events like this to promote conversation, I came up with 'Elijah's Fire' chili. Now the chili isn't that hot, and in truth it is bold and spicy but not painfully hot, as the name might suggest.
"Here is why I expect my chili to win. Not just because it is good, but because my chili is coming with a theme song. I will have 'Elijah' off your 'Spoofernatural' CD playing the entire time I am serving my chili.
"How great is that? Lunch and music at the same time. Also, I printed up some flyers with 2 Kings 1:9-15 and the name and recipe of my chili to hand out. Let's see if I win?
"Thanks for providing a Theme song to the chili and another opportunity to talk to others about God. I hope this event gives me some openings where I didn't have any prior to the cook off.
"A little bit of ApologetiX helps the chili go down.
"Ephesians 5:16 'making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.'
Here's a follow-up from Bruce on January 21:
"Sorry to say that even though many people voted for my 'Elijah's Fire Chili,' I didn't win. Needless to say, it wasn't about winning but about meeting with people I knew and some I didn't to open a door for Jesus. I was able to explain that 'strange name of a chili' to people who might be interested. Also, I think that I played 'Elijah' about 20 times that hour and the people in the cafeteria got to hear some Apologetix. I did have three people ask me what band was doing that song."