Here’s a great story on the results of the Chick-fil-A nonsense this past summer…and why you should never trust a “PR Consultant” or “PR Expert.” This is a clip from USA Today’s story about the situation.
So much for “bad” PR. Consumer use of the chain was up 2.2% in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2011, says the Sandelman survey of more than 30,000 fast-food consumers conducted in markets where Chick-fil-A is located. Market share was up 0.6%, and total ad awareness was up a hefty 6.5%.
In a social-media-crazed world, any PR can be good PR — particularly if it has strong appeal to a group of ardent supporters. Witness the recent jump in contributions to LiveStrong Foundation at a time Lance Armstrong, the organization’s founder, was forced to step down in disgrace.
Chick-fil-A, too, seems unstoppable. “There was a lot of talk that this would hurt Chick-fil-A, but it actually helped the brand,” says Jeff Davis, president of Sandelman. During the third quarter, Chick-fil-A broadened its regular customer base in 28 of 35 media markets, he says.
Chick-fil-A declined comment.
Last month, the chain seemed to soften its tone. “Our intent is not to support political or social agendas,” Steve Robinson, executive vice president for marketing for Chick-fil-A, said in a statement. Chick-fil-A’s culture, he said, “is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
Some PR execs are confounded.
“Chick-fil-A did everything wrong in the book,” says Chris Goddard, president of CGPR. “Their president shot from the hip, and his PR team was not equipped or prepared (to respond). It was a PR disaster and a clear case of what not to do in a crisis.”
But other PR execs say it confirms their suspicions that not all brands must appeal to everyone. “Brands that take risks can win big rewards, but they must be prepared for the backlash that comes with it,” says Ronn Torossian, CEO at 5WPR. “They were saying to their core constituency: Here’s what we believe.”
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Television shows and other media outlets will convince anyone, in short order, that the homosexual population in our nation must be around 25% or higher! But, the fact remains that the actual number of homosexuals in the general population is quite low. A recent Gallup poll confirms this fact and shows how misled Americans are on this issue. Here is the link to the summary of the polling results.
Demographer Gary Gates last month released a review of population-based surveys on the topic, estimating that 3.5% of adults in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, with bisexuals making up a slight majority of that figure. Gates also disputes the well-circulated statistic that “10% of the males are more or less exclusively homosexual.”
Real Holy Spirituality
There are only two kinds of spirituality in the world. One is false, and one is true. One is the manifestation of the old evil foe who has sent many false spiritualties out into the world, and the other is the holy spirituality found only in faith in the one true God. One is a lie, and one is real.
But which is which?
There is a cultural perfect storm shredding the spiritual landscape of the United States. It travels on the wind of a growing ignorance of both history and the Bible. Christians are losing faith because the kind of Christianity they are trying to believe is
This book examines seven of the most common spiritual traditions and how they use speculation, mysticism, and moralism to break Christianity. Author Jonathan Fisk calls them the seven “counterfeit Christian rules that every Christian ought to break as often as possible,” because they are seven myths that have infiltrated the churches in our age, seven teachings taught as if they were doctrine, but which are nothing more than the traditions of men.
The dark secret of Christianity in America is that we are losing. We hide it with light shows, Christian dance and music, and video games, but it’s true. And it’s not new.
The house has grown too dirty. Fisk is going to sweep it clean. All of it: the dusty corners where spores of speculation lay, the air filled with the mustiness of mysticism, the grout where the mold of moralism has grown thick over our clean confidence in Christ. Once the grime has been scrubbed away, Fisk shows how, under the cross of Jesus, you will find that your mind, heart, and hands, your reason, emotions, and sense of mercy, are the very things that our Lord has redeemed. In the resurrection of Jesus, in His fulfillment of the Law, in the essence of His Gospel, in the pure Word of God, you will find the truth.
I thought this was very well put, by an Orthodox Pastor from whom I receive regular missives, Father Patrick Reardon, of Chicago.
This Year’s Elections
Since political elections normally deal with matters of policy, I do not normally make them the subject of pastoral concern. This year, however, the national elections in our country are not concerned simply with policies but with principles.
My first comment, I suppose, should address that difference.
About policies—most questions of political concern—we may expect some legitimate disagreements among Christians. Among these we should include questions about the application of civil punishments, the funding of public education, the tax code, the authority of federal agencies, this or that social program, and so forth. These matters, properly governed by prudence, leave much room for legitimate disagreements among Christians.
My reference to “principles,” however, pertains to matters on which there can be no legitimate disagreement among Christians. Let me mention three subjects of this sort, which are at issue in this year’s national elections. I do not believe there can be legitimate disagreement among Christians with respect to:
First, the origin of human rights. These, since they come directly from the hand of God, are determined by the moral law. That is to say, no political institution can give citizens a right to do something wrong—not the Constitution, not the Congress, not the Supreme Court.
For example, even though the original Constitution, as well as acts of the Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, denied full legal equality to Americans held in bondage, no American has ever had a “right” to own slaves. Slavery in our country was always a violation of God-given human rights, and those responsible for that violation have all answered for it at the throne of God.
Second, the unborn child in the womb has an absolute right to be born. This right, which comes from God, is subject to no qualifying circumstances, including the conditions of the child’s conception and the health of the mother. One may not murder an unborn baby. A baby in the womb has the same right to life as its mother and her doctor.
Third, marriage is the union of a man and woman. This principle, rooted in God’s creating act, can be altered by no decision of any institution or agency of government. No one can be given a right to do a wrong. Whatever name is conferred upon it, state-sponsored sodomy is an abomination to the created order. It is a radical offense against the divine Logos.
Inasmuch as these three principles are manifestly at risk in this year’s elections, it is incumbent on all Christian pastors to bring them to the attention of the flock of God.
This year’s elections involve an attempt to usurp an authority that belongs properly to God. Centuries ago, Tertullian warned that political idolatry—the effort to confer on the State an authority that belongs only to God—is the worst and most dangerous sort. Vote wisely, therefore, and in the fear of God. This year—more than any time in my memory—our votes in the election are going to be recorded in eternity.
Apocyrpha: Going Fast, Get Your Orders In Now! (really, I’m not making this up people!) and the origin of the phrase “selling like hotcakes”
The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes is selling like hotcakes. [Where did that whole "selling like hot cakes" expression come from? See below]. Seriously, they are really selling quickly. We’ve not seen sales of a book like this move along this quickly since the new translation of Walther’s Law and Gospel.
The advice I would like (quite strongly, if you don’t mind) like to give you is simply: get those orders in now to make sure you have copies for your congregation, if you are buying in a group/bulk order, or for Christmas gifts. The Apocrypha is part of our Christmas Catalog sale and any order in the amount of $79 or more receives free shipping.
He who hesitates is…well, you know.
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Now about the history of the phrase: “selling like hotcakes.”
Here are a couple explanations I found after extensive research consisting of five seconds with Google:
The term “hotcake” is an American invention, dating back to the late 17th century (“pancake,” meaning the same food, is older, first appearing in England around 1400). To “sell like hotcakes” has meant “to be in great demand” since about 1839, and there doesn’t seem to have been any particular “hotcake fad” leading to the origin of the phrase. But hotcakes have always been popular at fairs and church socials, etc., often selling as fast as they can be cooked, so they make a good metaphor for a very popular product that sells quickly and in great numbers. Of course, pancakes are, when properly made, quite flat, and “flat as a pancake” has meant “perfectly flat” since the 16th century. A building that collapses straight down floor by floor is said to “pancake,” and when an aircraft drops jarringly onto the runway it is called a “pancake landing.” In Britain, Canada and Australia pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar, and the day itself is called “Pancake Day” or “Pancake Tuesday” in many places. This day, also known as “Fat Tuesday” or “Mardi Gras,” has traditionally been the occasion for using up all the fat, butter, and other rich ingredients in one’s house in preparation for the fasting and self-denial of Lent.
SELL LIKE HOT CAKES – “Hot cakes cooked in bear grease or pork lard were popular from earliest times in American. First made of cornmeal, the griddle cakes or pancakes were of course best when served piping hot and were often sold at church benefits, fairs, and other functions. So popular were they that by the beginning of the 19th century ‘to sell like hot cakes’ was a familiar expression for anything that sold very quickly effortlessly, and in quantity.” From “Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins” by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997)
So, what to buy somebody for Christmas? That’s the question. Here’s one answer:
Yes, the deluxe pocket edition of the Book of Concord (containing the texts of the Lutheran Confessions) and a compact edition of The Lutheran Study Bible. Great gifts! Place your order by clicking on the links just provided, or call 800-325-3040. And, if you place an order for at least $79 from anything in our Christmas Catalog, you will receive free shipping.
Beware liberal mainline protestants who “reimagine” God, who rename God, who stop using male pronouns to refer to God, and, yes, who start proposing a “new” name for God. Christian Century published this article on its web site. I really am trying to think of a better way to put this, but I can’t, so I’ll just say. This is just so, so stupid! Fundamentally stupid, at every possible level. There is nothing “new” about the Hebrew word “El” which is the somewhat generic Semitic word for “God.” It is an ancient word. And suggesting we use this word for “God” is just….oh, wait…I already said it. OK, it’s also just so, so silly.
Be warned: the more liberal mainline protestant churches tinker with the name of God the further away they move from the one, true God and are ever more embracing a false religion.
The Name that is above every name is “Jesus.” The name “Yahweh” is that unique self-revelation God gave to Moses, the name means, simply, “I am” or “The being one.” [More like an assertion of what is, rather than a name]. But for any one claiming to be a Christian to be chatting up a “new name” for God is … well, I won’t repeat myself.
Here’s the article:
I have a new name for God, at least new to me. The old three-letter word “God” is worn out. Words only last so long before they need to be retired for a season. The word “God” has too much freight on it and too many associations.
I have begun to use a Hebrew word for deity: el. It’s pronounced like the English word ale. (This is an idea I borrowed from Madeleine L’Engle.) El is a simple word, found in the Bible, but it doesn’t have any history for me, and I never use it in my work as a pastor. I walk on the trail in the mornings and talk to el, who hides in the trees. Actually, el is hidden deeply in all things.
I bought a new prayer book to help me talk with el at other times. My old prayer book was looking decrepit, and the cats gnawed off the ribbon markers. My prayer book is published by the Presbyterian Church and includes the psalms along with traditional prayers. It has a Celtic cross on the cover and readings from the daily lectionary in the back, which I read in the Good News Bible or the NRSV. A new prayer book goes well with a new name for God.
I have a new practice too: yoga. I took part in a great yoga group at church over the summer, and now I am taking formal yoga classes downtown from a woman who has studied in India and calls the poses by their Sanskrit names. Yoga is teaching me to befriend my body, which weighs 70 pounds less than it did last fall. Yoga also helps me find what my teacher calls ‘spaciousness within.’ Maybe that spacious place is where el lives in me. Yoga poses remind me of the different postures of prayer the psalms place us in.
A new name, a new book, and a new practice. These are new seeds taking root in me now.
On his blog, Dr. Gene Edward Veith has this excellent, brief, response:
First of all, “El” is not a new name for God, simply a word for God in another language. If a person wants to pray in another language, fine. If in Biblical Hebrew, so much the better.
But I wouldn’t want to fool with the “name” of God. The name of God is a concept I suspect we don’t fully appreciate. In the Bible, God’s “name” is fraught with spiritual power and taboos, from the Commandment (“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”) to the injunctions to glorify God’s name and Christ’s promises about praying and acting in His name (talk about a claim to divinity).
Of course, “God” isn’t the name of God–just a noun for who and what He is. The name of God is expressed in the Tetragrammaton, YHWH, and is connected to the verb “to be,” as in what He said to Moses, “I am who I am.” Now that Christ has come, we have a name by which we are to baptize and to worship: “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
Coming up with different names for God, though, cuts us off from the historic and universal church that extends back through time and across the whole world. Making up your own individual name for God enshrines the individual–not YHWH, not the Trinity–as the locus of devotion.
During our Christmas catalog sale, which is underway now until the end of the year, you can purchase various formats of the Book of Concord at great prices. Here is a picture of the sale prices, and below that links to each format if you want to order on the web, or call 800-325-3040. Keep in mind that orders for items from the Christmas catalog, including these, qualify for free shipping if the order is at least $79. To take a look at other things offered in the Christmas catalog, just click on over to this site.
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