A Bold New Look For Preachers

Dave Wilson, on his blog, Faces of Lions recently paid tribute to Paul David Tripp.  He says:

Tripp has the greatest mustache in contemporary Christendom. Am I right? To my knowledge, no pastor, teacher or author comes close to his epic cookie-duster.

I racked my brain but couldn’t think of others. Now that I think of it, the mustache seems to have fallen out of vogue with those in the ministry. Any idea why that is?

Here’s a photo of Paul David Tripp.  I almost have to say, “What is that thing on his lip?” but Dave Wilson assures us it’s a mustache.

Dave, I think there aren’t more pastoral staches because guys just can’t picture themselves with them. So here’s where I come in.  My art degree is not for nothing, for now I will help some well-known guys see how truly great they’d look with mustaches, and thus I will single-handedly bring the stache back into pastoral vogue.

First, here’s CJ Mahaney as he is now, without a mustache.  Handsome, cheerful countenance, but not exciting.

Now here he is with a new dashing Snidely Whiplash mustache.  He can either play the role of a villain who ties ladies to railroad tracks, or an Italian accordian player.  Now, instead of replying, “Better than I deserve,” he’ll answer the question how are you doing with, “Nyah-ah-ah!” or “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s Amore!”

Here’s RC Sproul.  Great looking friendly guy who loves the Picksburg Stillers.  But he doesn’t project an image of authority.

So here he is with a Wyatt Earp mustache.  Now his look says, “Get these dead bad guys the heck out of here!”

Here’s Mark Driscoll.  Cool, hip.  But he’s not going to reach old people.

Here’s Mark with Mutton Chops.  This look says, I’m hip yet I care about all you Civil War veterans.  You’re welcome to bring your muzzle loader to church.  We love all kinds here.

Back to Paul David Tripp.  And the question that comes to mind is what is he trying to hide beneath that broom?

Here’s my theory.  He must have very small, rosebud-like lips that he’s trying to cover.  Take away the stache and who’s going to want to hear this guy talk about child training?  He looks too young.

Paul, better keep the stache.

So who’s your favorite?  What’s your theory on what Paul is hiding?

  • Sara Rankin

    these are great! thanks for the laugh on a Friday afternoon!

    • MarkAltrogge

      Glad you liked em Sara!

  • http://www.ampersandphoto.com Sarah Danaher

    CJ with 'stache = Italian street vendor man trying to coerce me into buying a Stromboli I really, really don't want.
    RC with 'stache = strange and crooked western sheriff that would make me *happy* to leave town.
    Mark with 'stache = beer-guzzling, shotgun-toting, Harley-driving man from the backwoods of 'Bama.

    Tripp rocks the 'stache. And frankly, I'm glad the others haven't tried.

    • MarkAltrogge

      Funny Sarah!

  • http://www.tedslater.com Ted Slater


    • MarkAltrogge

      What movie was that from Ted?

  • Julian

    Absolutely brilliant. :)

    • MarkAltrogge

      Thanks Julian!

  • http://facesoflions.wordpress.com Dave Wilson

    Funny stuff Mark. You really turned my lemon into lemonade!

    By the by, pretty sure a photo of CJ with a mustache is already in circulation here: http://www.bestsportsphotos.com/images//t_39243.j


    • MarkAltrogge

      Your post was the inspiration! Great photo of CJ! Actually he did have a mustache when he was younger, but it wasn't a very good one.

  • http://twitter.com/dahlfred @dahlfred

    I suspect the mustache has fallen out of favor because no preacher wants visitors (or parishoners) to say, "Hey, the preacher looks like Ned Flanders!"

    • MarkAltrogge

      You aren't saying that Paul Tripp looks like Ned Flanders are you? Actually, they both have the same kind of mustache.

  • Steven Mole

    Stephan Alprogge is bad.

    • MarkAltrogge

      He's very bad

  • steven mole

    so is his dad

    • MarkAltrogge

      He's worse

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.troxell Scott Troxell

      Bad… like Michael Jackson Bad.

      • MarkAltrogge

        And he was really bad

  • http://sounddoxology.blogspot.com Rich

    awesome. I think you should doctor pictures every friday.

    • MarkAltrogge

      If I had enough ideas, I would…thanks Rich

  • http://www.journeyafterdawn.wordpress.com katherine

    I laughed almost histerically at firsr. Then I’ve been laughing at this off and on for the last hour. I sent it to friends. This is great.

    • MarkAltrogge

      Thanks katherine,

      Glad you liked it!

    • MarkAltrogge

      Thanks katherine, glad you got a laugh out of it!

  • http://www.delvinginto.com Drewe

    Brilliant. Good to take a light hearted look some days!

  • MarkAltrogge

    Thanks Lidia!

    I used "Brushes" an iPad app to do the artwork.

    • http://twitter.com/lidialimardo @lidialimardo

      Thanks for the info!! I really liked what you did with the pictures! :)

      • Mark Altrogge

        Thanks Lidia!

  • MarkAltrogge

    Brando, I think you would look good in a stache.

    • Brandon.

      Much thanks, but I tend to think staches like Tripp's, while awesome, look more like thick rat forearms than anything else.

  • MarkAltrogge

    Thanks Drewe!

    I agree, can't be serious all the time.

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  • Dale

    Only true contender is Paul Tripp's big brother, Ted.

    • Mark Altrogge

      Really? Does he have a stache?

    • MarkAltrogge

      Does Ted have a stache? I don't know if I've ever seen his picture.

  • mikeseifert

    This is awesome! I can't stop laughing!

    • MarkAltrogge

      Thanks Mike!

  • Laurie

    I am laughing so hard it hurts! Thanks for the good, clean fun! :)

    • MarkAltrogge

      Thanks Laurie! Glad you got a laugh!