SEATTLE — The sight of a woman being tattooed live on the altar accompanied by the sound of a buzzing ink gun provided a startling backdrop to Sunday's evangelical sermon.
Your parents' church service this was not. In the drive to stay relevant, the
"We've said from the start that we are not advocating tattoos — nor discouraging them," said pastor
"We think of it as amoral. It's neither immoral nor moral, it's just the choice of a person."
Ehoff said the church is telling the same story of Jesus as always, it's just finding different ways to tell it.
"Anything can happen at any time," Snell said. "Him being an officer is a big part of my life and of who I am."
As Snell's tattoo took shape, pastor
But there's also mention in the Bible of markings on Jesus, saying he is the king of kings and lord of lords, Kellogg said.
Another congregant who volunteered,
"Surprisingly, I was not nervous to get up on stage," she said, adding that the tattoo process, which in her case stretched through two sermons, was getting painful toward the end.
Because the equipment was too cumbersome to transport, parishioners watched a video of the process.