This post is a little different: Sevvy, the creator behind BarelyAdventist, answers questions about the site on Spectrum’s podcast.
Spectrum’s Alexander Carpenter and Sevvy cover a lot of ground, including:
- What BarelyAdventist is trying to do in Adventism. Are we just here to create controversy?
- The sometimes angry / sometimes very supportive feedback we get
- Leaders quietly supporting the site
- The creative process behind BarelyAdventist
- How humor and satire can help us as Adventists
Here it is:
Here’s the link to the Spectrum post about the podcast episode:
Single, separated, divorced and widowed Adventists who want to change that status wanted.
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I think it’s a good thing to be able to laugh at ourselves.
I also think it is good to laugh at you.
Hey Kaleb, I like laughing at you too. Thanks.
Nice interview, sevvy. Enjoyed hearing about your favorite posts. My all-time favorite is one about Edith Greenley in April of 2014: Loma Linda Centenarian Sends Would-Be Mugger to Hospital. This line is priceless: “The word on the street is to stay away from anyone over 90 with a King’s Heralds sticker on their walker.”
Thanks Elizabeth! And let us know if you find a place we can buy King’s Heralds stickers…
Some of the comments that claim to be mad about this site are themselves probably just tongue-in-cheek, pretending to be mad. Either that or the complainers have an IQ lower than plant-life.
That’s true, Larry. We conducted a double-bind placebo-controlled comparison of the critics’ I.Q. scores, versus the I.Q. scores achieved by plants. The hardest part was teaching the plants how to hold the pencil so they could take the test.
There is a new scandal in the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. This time it’s not about degrees and diplomas, it’s about birth certificates. After a scathing newspaper exposé, two of the top leaders were fired for forging birth certificates. Both have recently admitted that they were not born, they were hatched. I’m not sure if they’re calling it “Birthgate” or “Hatchgate.” 🙂
LOL! I’m still trying to figure out whether I was born or hatched. And the S.I.D. is not the only one suffering scandals with uneducated leaders. It’s also happening in Minnesota.
Maybe they were just Created?
If God can do it once, He can do it again, no?
Which came first – the chicken, or the egg?
No. He’s using a condom since the Adam and eve fiasco.
Some people just don’t have a sense of humor.
That’s right, and I’m one of them. In honor of my Adventist friend Ben Carson, I will banish BarelyAdventist to the farthest corners of Mexico when I become President.
I’m one of those people, too. I have no use for this blog or anything related to humor. That’s why I refuse to waste my time posting comments here.
If you listen to the podcast, you will see that Mr. Sevvy is not Swedish and did not recently give birth to a baby. And his Filipina wife did not win the PowerBall lottery (contrary to what some nut-case said in a comment here last week). Where do people come up with this stuff? As my friend (???) Richard Mills says, “Woe iz me!”
We love Richard Mills
Everybody loves Richard Mills!
This site actually serves a good purpose: it gives me a reason to get up every morning. I can’t do without my daily dose of B.A. news.
Half of the readers come to this site by mistake, thinking it is real news. Then they make it go viral with gullible posts on Facebook claiming that the story is true.
The other half of the readers know that it’s satire and just enjoy the writer’s sharp wit and self-deprecating humor.
The other half just come here to post comments because they crave attention by posting nonsense or maybe they are closet comedian wannabe’s.
Wow you just coveted all three readers of this site! (LOL should read covered not coveted but I’ll just leave it as is)
Since when are there three halves?
We love em all
I hate those “anonymous” conversations with the “unknown blogger sevvy.” I like satire, but I don’t like mysteries. If Spectrum knows who he is, they need to spill the beans!
Jim, to clarify, Spectrum does not know sevvy’s identity. In order to verify that the voice was indeed sevvy’s, Spectrum required “sevvy” to provide three forms of I.D. However, to protect his anonymity, they allowed him to redact any personally-identifiable information from the I.D. before faxing it from an untraceable number.
I’ve been a fan of Barely Adventist since before it was even started. I love satire. I get a kick out of the clever humor and parodies on current events in SDA circles. I also enjoy reading The Onion (secular satire site) and the Babylon Bee (Christian satire site).
I am not a critic; I am an atheist: I don’t believe this site exists. My wife is an agnostic: she isn’t sure whether it exists.
When world hunger is increasing, Zika is spreading, ISIS is attacking, and church leaders are resigning for cheating with fake diploma-mill degrees, this is no time for being funny. These are serious times. All SDAs should be out spreading The Truth door to door. Whoever runs this website should be flogged with a wet noodle and deported to Miami.
Please do deport us all to Miami
# NeverTramp !
#NeverBurny! #NeverHellary !
Since none of the presidential candidates are qualified, we should have only a Vice President!
Barely Adventist is a good start, the SDA church would be intellectually richer if it accepted more controvery (more great controversy?) over its teachings and beliefs and their sources and origins.
One small example, Adventism has been against drinking coffee, teach, Coke, caffeine, ever since EGW said no no, but medical science tells us that caffeine is a prophylactic against several kinds of cancer.
I once had a theology professor (whom I shall not name) at an SDA college confide in me, after I promised to tell nobody, that he no longer believed in the claims of unique truth of the SDA religion, but he couldn’t come out because he was too close to retirement and couldn’t afford the job loss.
“Adventism has been against drinking … teach.” Yes, and I am certainly against that, too. I can’t imagine why anyone would desire to drink teach.
As for what the theology professor said, I once confided the same sentiments to my pet poodle, and he went and told the whole neighborhood. I learned my lesson: you can’t trust anybody (except Ray) to keep a secret!
It’s not me who can’t keep a secret – it’s the people I tell who can’t!
I know a Methodist minister who no longer believes in the resurrection and just barely believes in God, much less the Wesleyan doctrines. I suggested he is a hypocrite for being a minister without believing. But he said “everybody has to make a living somehow. It’s better than robbing banks.” I guess he was right.
“Adventism has been against drinking … teach.” Well, I am definitely against that, too. I can’t imagine why anyone would desire to drink teach.
It’s hard enough to listen to my teachers without stooping to the level of cannibalism.
The Kraft guy either needs to take Typing 101 or stop dictating his posts.
I read the Russian version of Barely Adventist every day. Sometimes the humor gets lost in translation, but overall it’s quite comical — almost as good as watching old Hillary / Bernie debate re-runs. The Amerikan political system is a puzzle to me. They should simply follow my methods. Dictatorship has its privileges. Don’t leave home without it.
What We Know About Sevvy:
Based on all the available audio interviews, articles, and posts on this site, this is a summary of what we know about the anonymous author of this blog, “sevvy”:
1. He used to be involved in youth ministry, possibly as a youth pastor.
2. He is well-educated, apparently having studied at Andrews.
3. He has a good personality and enjoys writing.
4. He is financially secure, at least more than some people.
5. He enjoys haystacks and tolerates Special-K loaf.
6. He is a world traveler and either lived or traveled in Thailand.
7. He is of Scandinavian descent.
8. He has a Filipina wife who has taught him some Tagalog phrases.
9. He has a good sense of humor.
10. He is tall, dark, and handsome.
Thanks, sevvy, for BarelyAdventist.com !
I’ll confess. You must be talking about me. It’s me except for items 6-7-8. Those are inserted to confuse all of you. Some people call me Sabby instead of Sevvy. Purely coincidental. Can’t help it!!
See, that proves it! “Sevvy” is Richard Mills! And Richard Mills = sevvy in disguise!
wow… That’s a pretty good list there, Sherlock
We also know that Sevvy was a Pathfinder or maybe even a Pathfinder leader.
Have you ever seen Sevvy in the same room with Richard Mills? No? Well, it’s because they are one and the same! Richard Mills = Sevvy in disguise.
Eureka! I figured out the pattern here! BarelyAdventist uses a secret formula to write their satire stories:
• 1st day: Haystacks
• 2nd day: SDA college spoof
• 3rd day: Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, Little Debbies, Fri-Chik, etc.
• 4th day: Celebrity who supposedly converted to SDA or donated to SDA or was hired by an SDA institution
• 5th day: Haystacks
• 6th day: OBG / Controversy in the church, etc.
• 7th day: Sabbath-keeping / Fundamental Beliefs
There you have it, folks. The secret formula. It’s as good as a crystal ball or having tomorrow’s newspaper. Or shall I say, tomorrow’s blog. Mildred, hand me another pack of Little Debbies!
don’t forget to throw in the odd status symbol here and there…