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The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith

Philadelphia Weekly recommends Brick Testament

Friday, December 5th, 2003 - 5:07 pm PST

The Season’s Readings feature in the current issue of the Philadelphia Weekly includes write-ups of ten books recommended as great Christmas gifts. Rev. Smith’s newly published The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis, whose painstakingly created tableaux of Old Testament stories are “pretty amazing”, is hailed as “the perfect way to introduce your heathen children to the Lord, or something like that.” The feature includes a photo of the cover of the book.

Flak magazine feature on Brick Testament

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003 - 11:40 pm PST

“Where irony, Christianity and Legos coalesce to create a beatific vision.” Such is the lofty description of Rev. Smith’s Brick Testament website and book in a feature article that can be found on the front page of the current Flak magazine website. The article explores Smith’s motivation behind creating the Bible out of LEGO bricks and looks at the reaction, both positive and negative, it is garnering from noted theologians. “Love it or hate it,” states the article, “it will teach you more about the Scriptures than a lifetime of attending church services at half-attention.”

Brick Testament article in The Baltimore Sun

Sunday, November 30th, 2003 - 8:37 am PST

Today’s Sunday edition of The Baltimore Sun is running an article about Rev. Smith’s new Brick Testament book, the various reactions it is getting, such as that of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and special note is made of Smith’s endeavor to “portray the Bible as accurately as possible”. The article is also being picked up by several other papers, including the Chicago Tribune, Albany Times Union of Albany, NY, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, VA, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, SC, The Herald of Moterey County, CA, and the Skagit Valley Herald of Mount Vernon, WA.

Brick Testament book tops IGN Shopping Guide

Saturday, November 22nd, 2003 - 2:42 pm PST

“Wouldn’t it be great,” ponders reviewer Ken P. of IGN, “if someone with much more free time than me were to recreate the stories of the Bible using Legos?” The answer, it seems, is an unqualified yes, and so it is that Rev. Smith’s new book The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis finds itself at the top of this week’s IGN Shopping Guide, placed well above the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger movie and the “Three’s Company: The First Season” DVD. Of Smith’s combination of ancient Bible stories and “those ubiquitous building blocks of geek life”, Ken P. gushes “it’s a truly beautiful thing.”

People Magazine features Brick Testament book

Tuesday, November 18th, 2003 - 2:05 am PST

The new issue of People magazine has hit newsstands, and smack dab on page 53 can be found a half-page feature on Rev. Smith’s new book The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis. Three of Smith’s illustrations and the book itself are pictured. A half hour phone interview with Smith yielded from him a single illuminating quote: “The Bible is full of great stories that translate into LEGO.” A scan of the article can be seen here on the Brick Testament press page.

Brick Testament image on This American Life

Wednesday, November 12th, 2003 - 11:16 am PST

Each week, the popular Public Radio International show This American Life chooses a theme and brings you a variety of stories on that theme. Their upcoming show, which will be broadcast in most places on November 21-23, features the theme “Brother’s Keeper”, and starting on Monday the 17th, thisamericanlife.org will be featuring one of Rev. Smith’s photos from the Cain and Abel story on The Brick Testament to illustrate that theme. The shows archives can be heard via the web with RealAudio.

Upsizing

Sunday, November 9th, 2003 - 12:20 pm PST

Following Smith’s unexplained violent outburst last week in which he unceremoniously fired his entire personal staff, Smith today announced that he is commencing a round of upsizing. In particular, Smith is seeking to find replacements to fill the positions of Advisor, Stylist, Accounts Receivable Manager, and Personal Bathroom Attendant. All resumés should be a minimum of four pages, double-spaced, and must include a recent laminated photo. Four years experience preferred. Leave all submissions with Smith’s personal secretary at the front desk.

Brick Testament book in Rocky Mountain News

Thursday, November 6th, 2003 - 1:40 am PST

Denver’s largest daily paper ran an article on Rev. Smith’s new book The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis in their 17 October 2003 issue. Recounting Smith’s call from God to illustrate the Bible in LEGO, the article features a photo of Smith with “greasy back hair dark-rimmed eyes”, and labels Rev. Smith “either a prophet” or a “deranged homeless man”. An online version of the article can be seen here.

Earmarked

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003 - 7:31 pm PST

Rev. Smith, along with $2.4 million in funds, was earmarked today for improving local roads and promoting public transit when in today’s elections Santa Clara County voters overwhelmingly approved Prop 43. Smith was an admittedly “whimsical” last minute addition to the proposition said draftee Michael Fournier (D) who lead the successful Yes-on-43 campaign and believes that “the passage of this act will go a long way toward repairing our county’s badly damaged road and bridges,” and that “Rev. Smith now has no choice other than to grab a shovel and get to work.”

Smith fires entire staff

Sunday, November 2nd, 2003 - 2:06 pm PST

“Get out! All of you!” shouted a sweating and visibly agitated Rev. Smith today at his entire personal staff. “You have failed me for the last time, now go!” Though it remains unclear just what prompted Smith’s sudden outburst and subsequent firing of this handlers, it is not the first time such an incident has occurred. In May of 2000, Smith angrily dismissed his entire staff after a misunderstanding that took place at the local Arby’s.

Hand restored

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003 - 8:33 am PST

Rev. Smith’s hand was restored today after he had been without it for nearly three weeks. “It’s still a little bit tender,” said Smith, holding up his newly-restored hand. “I can’t really grasp things with it just yet, but I think that will come in time.” After giving up on tracking down his original severed hand, Smith was briefly depressed until the other night when he was watching reruns of Family Ties on late night TV and happened to see an add for Nivea Hand Restoring Creme. “This stuff is amazing,” said Smith. “In little over 24 hours, my hand is almost completely restored!”

Vicious cycle avoided

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003 - 8:04 pm PDT

Deciding that he just can’t feel like a complete man without his right hand, Smith set out this week to re-acquire his missing appendage. At first overjoyed when an anonymous e-mail informant tipped him off that his hand was up for sale on eBay, Smith’s hopes were crushed when a last minute bidding war drove the price way out of his range. “$429,572?” exclaimed Smith, “I’ve never even seen that kind of money!” Smith briefly considered hacking off his left leg and selling it to finance the purchase of his hand, but worried he might later regret that decision.