I’m back with another awesome blogger interview! After being a fan of The Sacred Sandwich for a long time, I only recently discovered that a good friend actually goes to church with the author! I don’t know if he’d call his website a ‘cult classic’ among blogs, but I would. And with a guy who loves bacon this much, I knew I had to get an interview.
Hey, Sacred Sandwich, how can we address you? Any vital info you care to share to introduce yourself?
My name is Angus Wordsworth Duncan (aka Chris Carmichael), and I’m the publisher of The Sacred Sandwich. I am the husband of one wife, a deacon in the church, and have a daughter in college.
Angus Wordsworth Duncan, your name sounds delicious – like a burger and a donut put together…with a crossword puzzle in the middle…never mind. Anywya, you write a blog that shares stories of the church today, both real and fiction. What got you started?
Much of my childhood was spent enjoying two things: drawing funny cartoons and visiting my grandparents on the farm during the summer. Both of these things (my creative talent and the environment of small-town rural life) were melded together to form my satirical impulses as displayed on The Sacred Sandwich. I greatly admire the literary work of Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor.
Garrison…yeah…I read books. (quick Wikipedia search…) Anyhow, why ‘Sacred Sandwich?’
“Sacred sandwich” is a euphemism for the Bible. The website, despite the humor, is seriously grounded in the principle of sola Scriptura and biblical Christianity; hence the name.
What is the most sacred of sandwiches?
You can’t go wrong with a good BLT with Spin Blend. Homemade is the best.
Agreed. I keep a spare pig around just in case I need to make an emergency BLT, which happens more often than you’d think. But you know what I like instead of Spin Blend? More bacon…Also, I substitute bacon for the bread too because I’m watching my carbs…Actually, I just like eating a plate of bacon with no sandwich at all. Sometimes I’ll have Spin Blend with it though.
What are a couple of your most memorable posts?
The Sacred Sandwich had its first big hit with the news article, “Churchgoers Survive Potluck Nightmare.” The common experience with green bean casseroles at church potlucks really struck a nerve with readers.
Well, we’ve all been there. I look at a green bean casserole and am shaken to my core at what man hath wrought.
The most popular article to this point, however, is “If Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was Published in Christianity Today.” It shows some of the Letters to the Editor after CT publishes Paul D. Apostle’s expose’ on the Galatian church.
Paul may have had to change his name to Jerry Falwell if he were alive today. I notice that most of your staff wears some kind of facial hair: mustaches, beards, mutton chops. Who is the dominate male with the manliest facial hair?
Our dubious photographer, H.K. Doolittle, has a manly amount of snow-white hair about his face, but quite frankly, our menopausal proofreader, Lily Smukler, has been known to display a fair amount of facial hair when she’s adjusting her hormone therapy. Of course, that really hasn’t been a problem since we gave her that Norelco electric shaver last Christmas.
Your dubious photographer is an alpha male indeed…like a majestic lion with his mane blowing in the wind. I must become as manly as he is! What facial hair would you recommend I grow as a beginner?
Growing facial hair is serious business. Before diving in with little or no experience, I recommend you purchase four or five gerbils and attach them to your face to see how you look. Once you find a configuration that suits your face, trace around the gerbils with a Sharpie to see where you need to grow the hair. As it begins to fill in, you’ll be amazed at the looks you’ll get from people. Oh, and don’t forget to remove the gerbils after tracing. Otis Clutterbuck once forgot and woke up in the middle of the night to find his cat playing with his face.
That is important advice. Although I imagine gerbils on my face at night would be more comfortable than my orthodontic appliance, especially as the drafty winter nights approach, I am allergic to cats, so I will heed your recommendation.
What’s your most sacred sandwich? Ever had a potluck nightmare? Anyone have a facial hair testimony? Let us know, then be sure to visit the most sacred of them all, “The Sacred Sandwich”