photo in need of a caption

you know the rules…


ok, this is annoying. on tuesday morning, i’d decided this contest had gone on long enough, and chose a bunch of “contenders” and a winner, and added them to the post. i added a comment that the contest was closed. all good and well.

then i noticed that adam (our ys communitymeister) had chosen that post as one of the links of the week in the youth specialties update email, and said it was an open contest. i noticed additional entries coming in, and thought – for a couple days – don’t those people see the comment that says it’s closed, and the winner announced in the post?

then, last evening, i noticed that reader “rob” left the caption saying “the reason marko hasn’t posted the finalists yet.” and i thought, uh-oh. tuesday. tuesday was the day my blog got caught in some kind of netherworld between the old server it was on and the new server, and i had entire posts get swallowed into the ether. finally i scrolled down and noticed that none of those updates i’d made were there, and you wonderfully patient people must have thought i was a total dork!

so, how ’bout some contenders?

Yet another example of Youth Specialties leading kids to hell. (dana kidder)

Ken’s church introduces its evangelism plan… (ken macdonald)

“The 21st Century Church; accessible as ever.” (johnny mccormick)

What happens when the church board starts working with street signs. (kyle) (ysmarko: starting to see a theme here?)

“and the sign said long haired freaky people not apply” (brian edwards)

“Lord, I pray that you give me a sign!” (ben v)

this sign was made by the same person that tells us where we can play junior high games in church. (mike)

Welcome to Free Grace Fundamentalist Church (brian aaby)

Tower of Babel. (david taylor, jr) (ysmarko: the first time around, i’d given the award to someone who’s posted the short and witty, “street signs in babel” — but that comment seems to be gone now also, and while this “tower of babel” has the same vibe, it’s not quite as witty.)

When home-schoolers get the chance to lead. (sean)

Designated YS staff parking at Zondervan HQ. (rob)

and the winner is…

i’m goin’ with one of the earliest captions that applied it to the church, ken macdonald’s “Ken’s church introduces its evangelism plan.”

nice, ken. shoot me an email with your address and book choice!

88 thoughts on “photo in need of a caption”

  1. If we can assume (for the sake of this photo) the building behind is a church…

    “The 21st Century Church; accessible as ever.”

    In reference to the car parked outside the building. “At least our celebrity pastor could get parked.”

  2. I am a person of details so I think it is funny to see that the snow hauling is in the yellow zone. So I ask … who wants to park by the yellow snow zone? Yes I love junior high!

  3. A new trend in vandalism, instead of stealing steet signs, vandals have taken to adding them.


    Street signs of Babel

  4. “George Bush’s transportation plan for the current gas crunch.”


    “What all church parking lots look like in hell.”

  5. The new sign gave true meaning to the need for ‘visitor-friendly’ parking at our church…

  6. Visitor parking at the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts headquarters.

    (note Bill Gothard’s car parked on the curb)

  7. What a great idea for a fundraiser! I hope they donate a lot to our youth mission trip, then we can put this in the lawn of the pastor down the street.

  8. Ummm, dear wife, why is it that the police officer gave you that illegal parking ticket again? I don’t think it was because he is sexist.

  9. the photographer who took this shot was thinkin’, “man, i bet this would make an awesome ‘photo caption contest’ at!”

  10. The inventor of the water powered car meets a early hostile reception at the oil and gas summit.

  11. The worst Father’s Day gift ever finally pays off: the Permit-of-the-Month Club.

  12. The El Cajon (YS Office location) Transportation department cooked up a fool proof solution to finally fix the roads.

    Parking tickets profits are up 220%.

  13. The real reason Moses wandered in the desert 40 years… he was going in circles looking for a place to park.

  14. Outside the Starbucks in El Cajon after Zondervan bought YS. It used to be a quaint little town. Mondays are the worst…

  15. this is what happens when democrats and republicans put aside partisan politics and work together for the good of the community.

  16. As pictured in the church bulletin:
    “First time visitor parking only. Second timers be damned! Regular attenders and members, if you haven’t figured out our shuttle system yet, we hear Journey has first come first serve parking. And donuts.”

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