Looking ahead to the Super Bowl season, Good News Wants to Know…. If you were given a 30-second ad slot during the Super Bowl, valued at upwards of $6.5 million in 2022, what would you do with it?
I would work with the best creative minds to produce a message that would bring the American people together in a way that we were on September 12th, 2001 – one people, one country. We have much more that unites us than divides us, and we can be a better country if we have a shared love of country first.
Chip LaMarca, State Representative, Florida House District 100
If I had a 30 second Super Bowl slot, I would proclaim the Besorah (Good News) of Yeshua (Jesus) to a lost and dying world. A message of Salvation, freedom, and deliverance. A message of God’s incredible LOVE and forgiveness to all who desire to receive it – FREE of charge. The bill has already been paid!
Rabbi Joe Vitkus, Senior Rabbi, Temple Aron HaKodesh
With the most superior special effects, I would invite them to break from the Superbowl and believe in the Supernatural by highlighting the Gospel in Seven Words. CONDITION – CONSEQUENCE – CURE – CHRIST – COMMIT – CONVERSION – CHRISTIAN.
Bernard King, Jr., Pastor, Cornerstone Bible Fellowship
The ad would start with capital letters: IT’S REAL! IT’S REAL!! And then have a person boldly saying: “JESUS CHANGED AND SAVED MY LIFE!” followed by a mix of all kinds of people almost overlapping each other saying rapidly: “AND MINE, AND MINE, MINE TOO, AND ME TOO!” And then a softer voice saying: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whosever believes in Him shall not perish but will have everlasting life.” And then ending with the question: “WILL YOU TRUST HIM TODAY?” At the bottom of the screen a number to call for information: 1 800 Trust Hm.
William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott PA
Robert Morcos is a good friend that’s too handsome and cool to be single. Yet he is. I’d share a highlight reel of him looking his coolest. Drop his email address and phone number. The rest would take care of itself.
Bob Denison, President, Denison Yachting
Great question! Wow, 30 seconds is quick; the reality is that our world is surrounded by and engorged on an overabundance of everything we don’t need while starving to death for what we do. I would ask the question, “Friend, are you tired of being hungry and thirsty?” Then have a dramatic depiction of Christ, the “Bread of life,” and the fount of “Living water.” For $6.5M, I would hire Jim Caviezel to speak and “The Chosen’s” Dallas Jenkins and his crew to direct it!
Chris Simpson, President, CBMC International
Because there are few ads that can convey a meaningful Christian message in 30 seconds, I would give it as a complex gift to the National Christian Foundation, have them sell it and put the proceeds into a donor advised fund, then take the money in the fund and give it to Christian causes.
H. Collins Forman, PA
If given a 30-sec ad slot during the Super Bowl, I would create an entertaining, engaging, emotional, and apolitical ad based on Jesus’ answer to the question, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?” ‘Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your mind’…and the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” The storyboard would be a video montage of scenes from around the world showing touching acts of love. The closing scene would include a call to action in a text overlay that says, “Let’s love one another.”
Craig D. Huston, Huston Consulting Group, LLC
In a 30-second ad, I’d show pro football players in their locker room before the game with the identifiable figure of Jesus walking among them, encouraging them and giving pats on the back, saying, “I love you, I’m proud of you, I’m always with you, win or lose.”
Deborah Cusick, FAU Campus Volunteer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
If I were given a 30-second ad slot during the Super Bowl, valued at upwards of $6.5 million in 2022, I would sell it and pocket the proceeds, giving a percent of monies to my home church, charities my family is passionate about, and use the rest for family security. Of course, Caesar would get his share too.
Dennis DeMarois, Executive Dirtor/CEO, Gathering Palm Beach County.
I would love to see a well-known, respected and recognizable NFL player from today or the past who would boldly yet tenderly let viewers know there is hope, acceptance, love, and eternal life to be found in Jesus Christ.
Dolores King-St. George, President, King Communications and Grace Net Radio
I’d produce an amazing video illustrating that this football game will come to an end, and we will know the result for the history books in a few minutes. The journey of life also comes to an end and our creator has given us a way to know that we have everlasting life, and our name is in the book of life for all eternity. Call xxx and/or visit www.xxx
Don Campion, President, Banyan Air Service
I would make the clearest presentation of the Gospel possible. This world needs Jesus, I would love to use this opportunity to get one step closer to the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19).
Jesse Carroccio, Station Manager – WRMB
I’d make a plea to increase awareness. Every eight seconds a child’s innocence is being exploited. Rise up, be part of the solution to end it now.
Dr. Jessica Vera, President/CEO, Elite Foundation
As much as I’d love to widely share a truth that has been obfuscated in the awareness of the general public, it’s impossible to present enough compelling information or change a mind within thirty seconds. Thus, I’d probably have a quiet ad of some of my most stunning nature photography with a link to my website for prints. www.justusmartinphoto.com
Justus Martin, Staff Photographer, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
My Super Bowl ad would be one that would show and support children in need of a loving foster home and hopefully adoption!! So many children especially in these chaotic times are suffering and neglected. God’s heart is for our children.
Helen Wayner P.A., Century 21 Hansen Realty
It should be used to kick-off the “Feldman in ’24!” US Presidential campaign.
James ‘JT’ Taylor, Managing Director, Automotive Retail, Truist Securities
It was estimated that the 2022 Super Bowl, which saw the Los Angeles Rams emerge victorious over the Cincinnati Bengals, was watched by over 99.18 million viewers in the United States alone. With that exposure, what a great opportunity to tell the world of the “Good News. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever would believe in Him, shall have eternal life” (John 3:16). For a 30 second ad slot valued at $6.5 million, this message is priceless. Make that ultimate decision today and rest assured in Christ Jesus!
Ken Kerrigan, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Cornerstone Church
I would do an invitation for people to come to know the saving grace of Jesus in a culture where there is so much uncertainty, division and hatred!
Lawrence Lacy, Pastor, The Answer Church
I’d sell it and fund the ministry.
Lisa May, Executive Director, Live the Life South Florida
I know I cannot post it in the paper, but about twelve years ago there was a very powerful Pro Life advertisement made by the Catholic Church that they were willing to pay to advertise during the Super Bowl. However, the network refused to air this commercial because it featured President Obama, and despite all the hardships that he grew up with, he became the first African American President of the United States. I would like to have that commercial shown. You can watch it at bit.ly/ProLifeAdObama
Dr. Mary Drabik, President, South Florida Bible College
As a football fan and as a businessman, I understand the reach of a 30 second commercial during the Super Bowl. If I were to be given such a spot, I would feel compelled to try to address the continued, consistent assault on the family, particularly on our children. From abortion to child trafficking, to CRT, to drag shows, to grooming, to transgenderism, to wokeism, our children are under attack as never before. Picture this: a giant millstone sitting silently in the field for 30 seconds with Matthew 18:6 as the caption: “But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me – it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea.” I think it would be money well spent.
Mike McDermott, PA, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, The Keyes Company
I would use those 30 seconds to promote that God is love, God is the author of life, and God is the author of marriage. I would present the commercial in a manner that is non-political, non-offensive, and shows that God is the answer to all our issues. Now more than ever our culture needs the Lord Jesus to rule in all our hearts. God bless America!
Milan Stefanovic, Chief Operations & Personal Lines Officer, Bass Underwriters – Plantation, FL
With the 10 Commandments taken out of schools and the public square, we have a generation growing up without an understanding of a holy God and a moral compass. In my 30 second spot I would run following commercial spot on the 10 commandants:
On a ghosted image of a finger writing on a stone tablet…
And as it does, each of the 10 Commandments will scroll from top to bottom down the screen…
- You must have no other God, only Me…
- You must not worship idols of any kind..
- Never take My Name in vain…
- Keep the Sabbath holy – I made it for you…
- Honor your father and mother and you’ll have a long life..
- Do not murder anyone with either a weapon or your gossip…
- Do not commit adultery…
- Do not steal…
- Do not lie to or about your neighbor…
- Do not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
As the last commandment disappears, the final frame appears and it reads:
Follow these Commandments if you desire a blessed life. (signed) God.
Oksana Horton, artistic director, Torch and Trumpet Theatre Company
If I were given a 30 second ad slot during the Super Bowl, I would ask everyone to pray the prayer of salvation with me, by confessing Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
O’Neal Dozier, Pastor, The Worldwide Christian Center
My commercial would be to share how Jesus loved everyone (even the unlovable) and led with love, compassion and accountability. He showed us how to follow God, how to carry out our actions, but most of all the wonderful grace we are given to have an eternal life with him.
Patricia Colangelo, EdS, Lecturer, Professor, Trinity International University – Florida
If I had a 30 second commercial during the Super Bowl. I would put up big white letters with black background that says: “DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU?”
And then just let 25 seconds run by (which is a very long time during the Super Bowl for people to look at one question on their TV screen)… And then for the last 5 seconds I would put on the screen: “FOR GOD SO LOVES YOU HE GAVE HIS SON JESUS,” John 3:16
And then an 800-number to call for PRAYER.
A completely silent commercial… Silence is ‘VERY LOUD’ during the Super Bowl☝️🏈
Coach Rick Andreassen, founder and president, SAINTS Homeschool P.E. and SAINTS International Sports Ministry
It always seems like the best Super Bowl commercials are ones that come at the beginning of the game when most people are really paying attention because they know what it cost to buy a 30 second slot, and they want to see what the ad world has to offer. So I would want my ad to be the first or second one out of the box. Because our culture seems so polarized with viewpoints, a “feel good” message that could appeal to most would be my choice of ads. A group of little cute kids dressed in their team jerseys with their hands in various Lays potato chip bags and mouths full of chips, all sitting on the couch watching the game and telling each other why they like “their kind” the best, might be a winner for Frito Lay!
Romney C. Rogers, Managing Partner, Rogers Morris & Ziegler LLP
If I were given a 30 second ad slot during the Super Bowl with a $6.5 million value, I would have nothing more important to say than to share the Gospel of Jesus and how a relationship with Jesus changes everything. I would want people to know that the day to accept Him into their lives is today no matter what they have been through. I would tell them to get into a good church, pray and to be in the Word of God daily with the tagline of John 3:16. A message like that, you cannot put a price tag on.
Steve Daigle, Campus Pastor, Calvary Chapel Parkland
Message: In this world we encounter challenges, issues, and problems each and every day. Instead of looking at each other or other resources to help…look up!!! God Is Waiting!!! He has all your answers and the peace that is beyond our understanding. God Knows and Understands!!!
Steve Solomon, Area Director, CBMC South Florida
I would talk about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to accept him as your personal Lord and Savior and that we need to put Him back into our every day lives and start looking to him to solve our problems. Purchasing and buying more things will not fulfill you or satisfy you. It may for a moment but then you’ll be looking again for what satisfies you and fills you up, and you will notice that nothing will, except for the love of Christ. We need as individuals and as a country to start focusing on things that are true, noble, right, just, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.
Sue Trombino, Founder and President, Women Impacting the Nation
I would create a commercial that showed the latest technology on the 3-D images of an unborn child in the womb, which reveal the amazing humanity of God’s intricate design. Christ came into this world as a baby. It would emphasize the difference one person makes in the world. And encourage them to choose life for their unborn child. Psalm 139:13-16.
Tewannah Aman, Executive Director, Broward County Right to Life
I would put together a powerful 30 second ad showing every branch of our beloved Military – from the Marines to the Air Force – play the National Anthem and show how much each branch of the Military loves and respects our American flag, with all of them standing at attention…Then, after that, show the anti-American militant and disgraced NFL player, Colin Kaepernick,
kneeling during the National Anthem while wearing a Fidel Castro t-shirt, and put these words across the screen:
Who do you support? The mighty American military who adores our American Flag or the despicable NFL whose spokesperson hates America and the American flag?
Support the Military!! Boycott the NFL!!
Willy Guardiola, Christian on a Mission
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