Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Interview with Pug Dagitt - Emergent Church Leader

The Calvinistic Cartoon Blog Interview

1. Pug, What gives with the new look...why all the tattoos and piercings?

Pug: "I want to be all things to all men. This is my way of crossing all bridges at once in an attempt to win all. My tattoos have illustrated bits of conversations from many different "religious" leaders such as Ghandi, Morpheus, Johnny Appleseed...and, oh yeah, Jesus. My piercings witness to the fact that man suffers from low self-esteem and "Holy" dogma.

2. What is your method of preaching?

Pug: "I like to call it "Starbucks skyscraper sermons", let me explain...Imagine if Starbucks had an 86 floor skyscraper in Montego Bay. Now imagine U2's "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" being played by a sitar in the background. You get on the elevator with a candle and a copy of my latest book, "Why I Greet Men", ("greet men" is "emergent" spelled sideways)...anyway, if you have followed me so far, you know that a skyscaper is just one story stacked upon many other stories.
That's the way I roll.

3. Who are the biggest influences in your life as a leader?

Pug: "Jonah, of course, then there is Jose Feliciano, Alexander the Great, Barry Gibb, James Dean, and SpongeBob Squarepants.

4. What books have changed your life?

Pug: "Not sure I would say any books have changed my life. I have never thought about books in that light. It kind of sounds like the question from Junior High School, "what is your favorite song". (which is "Mama Told Me Not to Come" by the way) But maybe books have changed my life, there are so many that I recommend and love reading, I will give some time thinking of books in that way and see what comes to mind...wait a minute...I would like to mention "Doc Savage Man of Bronze in The Land of Terror" as one that made a impact on me at an early age."

5. What's your biggest challenge as a leader?

Pug: "TV Guide Crossword Puzzles. I can never complete one no matter how hard I try. Most of my sermon material comes from those that are published in the New York Times."

6. What goals do you have as a leader?

Pug: "My goals are simple. Try to maintain my sanity. In fact, I have a 'sanity clause' in my verbal contract here at Solomon's Balcony. You may not believe in a sanity clause but, try and tell that to all the children here around Christmas."

7. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Pug: "I hope to have my own movie company and a TV show, a situation comedy for sure. I have already written the pilot. It will be called, "Harry Tick and the Hinder-sons".
8. One last question. What does the WWJD on the back of your head stand for?

Pug: "What Would Jonah Do."

Thanks Pug for taking time for an interesting interview.


  1. Uh, wow. I can't get beyond the circus act.

  2. Think how hard it was to interview him as he hung upside down from the ceiling!

  3. I didn't see the phone number for sending donations. I'm sure it only an oversight. Which reminds me he problably needs a lot of oversight.

  4. I still can't get over the clerk at the store with the big red target painted on the front. The clerk has a piercing in the nose, lip and cheek. Maybe Pug is correct, "I feel so poorly about myself that I must get your attention, no matter the cost."

  5. I think this guy, Pug, is the same bozo that was unmercifully hammered by a carpenter friend of mine, a reformed Christian by the name of Marty Luther. That's my thesis anyway, because Pug has 95 nails in his head.

  6. Ralph, do you know what is sad? I actually went back to the Pug interview and counted the nails. Sometimes I am just so sad. LOL

  7. Doc Savage also impacted me at an early age. I fell asleep reading the book in sheer terror.

  8. "He who has ears to hear, let him put a big ol' hole in it to carry his Bible." --- Matthew 11:13, The Message.

  9. I love how close you get to libel without crossing the line. Good work!


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