Tampa-area church cheers Lightning playoff run with biblical messages
“May a plague of Boyle be upon Chicago”
"Jesus saves, Stamkos scores, Go Bolts."
"Hedman and Stralman as Swede as Milk & Honey."
"And God said, 'Let there be Lightning.'"
These are just some of the ways a Tampa Bay-area church has been cheering on the Lightning with a series of holy messages throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here are some of its latest:
Pastor Tyler Moore of Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., is the 29-year-old author of the biblically themed prose, which references biblical events like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, as well as Jesus’ remarks on the cross.
Moore, who has routinely put the slogans on the church’s magnetic reader board sign seen by passing drivers, has tweeted 25 signs so far. The church's website drew 22,000 hits when a collection of them was featured on Hockey Night In Canada, the popular show on Canadian television.
Moore works on crafting potential posts with his family, then saves them in his phone, according to the Tampa Bay Times. One sign, reading "Real saints don't demand trades," received 45,000 views on Twitter, the Times report said.