The Felix Awards

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Hollywood will turn out tonight in celebration of the Oscars. Every year “the Academy,” a group whose membership of late is under scrutiny, honors the best in the field of film. The categories include Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Screenplay….

What if the church hosted its own Academy Award event? What if the church’s nominating committee were required to select a panel of folks, known as “the Council” to make awards in church? We could call them the Felix Awards.

Biblical scholars note that Felix was the Roman appointed governor of Judea at the time of the Apostle Paul. He is mentioned, not quite favorably, in Acts 23-24. In fact, Felix represents corruption in the Roman system.

Now I’m not suggesting that we give awards based on corruption. I’m not even suggesting that we name our award the Felix in contrast to the Oscar and the connection to Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” (Although what could be more odd than awards in churches when compared with awards for film.)

Actually, I’d propose naming our awards the Felix because the word means “happy, fortunate.” What a great name for giving out and receiving an honor from the church!

So I propose we give out awards in the following categories:

  • Best sermon…
  • Best use of video in worship…
  • Best fellowship event…
  • Best bulletin blooper…
  • Best song in worship…and a related award for Most sung song/hymn in worship…
  • Cutest kid response during a children’s sermon…
  • Best guest preacher…

and of course, my personal favorite,

  • Best Presbytery Executive…

“I thank the members of the Council. I am most fortunate to receive such a high honor as the Felix.” Cue the music and get this guy off the stage!

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