So the whole we just decided after 50 years part was just a "small part" of the reason... I just wonder what Jesus thinks when he sees churches going, "well, we really didn't think anyone would ask us to tell the truth...we just thought we could wrap up our decision in a Bible verse and everyone would be cool with that."
Next step for this priest, "we have taken the liberty of contacting your employer and asked them to do payroll deduction for your tithe. We just thought that would be simpler..."
'$5,000 is not enough'
Pastor tells lottery winner she should give more . . . so she did
- WCR photo by Ramon Gonzalez
"I'm sorry but I cannot accept your gift,"
- Father Darrin Gurr
By RAMON GONZALEZ WCR Staff Writer Edmonton
Once a Winnipeg woman hit a jackpot of $1.8 million in the Super 7 and decided to give the Church $5,000. Her pastor, Father Darrin Gurr, rejected the offering because it wasn't generous enough.
"I'm sorry but I cannot accept your gift," he told the woman. "If I accept your gift I probably would be doing malpractice because I would be giving you the impression that you are being generous. This is not generosity; this is a token gift."
He suggested the woman give around five per cent of her earnings to the Church and a similar amount to the community. His fellow priests thought he was crazy to reject the woman's gift.
But to their surprise, the woman returned a couple of weeks later with a cheque for $80,000 for the church. And she gave an additional $80,000 to inner city charities to fund a two-day food basket for street people.
World Wrestling Entertainment has announced the biggest celebrity guest appearance in the history of sports, the history of entertainment and, probably, the history of the world.
At the Backlash pay-per-view April 30, God will make his pro-wrestling debut.
Yes, WWE is advertising the actual God -- of Old and New Testament fame -- will be taking part in a grappling match and, for just $35, you can witness a moment previously thought to be reserved for sometime around the Second Coming.
Here's the back story: A few weeks ago at Wrestlemania, Shawn Michaels defeated Vince McMahon in a violent one-on-one match. McMahon later accused Michaels of having help to win the match, in the form of divine intervention. Therefore, McMahon declared, to even the score, he would team with his son, Shane, and take on Michaels and God in a tag team match at the next pay-per-view.
Now here's the real story. WWE is rapidly running out of edgy angles to push the envelope and get some watercooler talk going. Since the anti-Arab storylines were nixed by the networks and fans no longer react to the exploitation of Eddie Guerrero's death, the company was on the lookout for the latest buzz topic to latch onto.
Seeing dollar signs in the controversy spawned by The Da Vinci Code and The Passion of the Christ, McMahon decided Christian sensitivities were ripe for the picking.
The storyline was plotted and the wheels were set in motion, with Michaels -- a devout Christian who often turns down WWE scripts because they go against his beliefs -- at the helm.
How they actually execute the match, though, is still anybody's guess.
For one thing, the pay-per-view takes place on a Sunday which, last I checked, God doesn't work.
Remarkably, Christian groups haven't come out in opposition to the storyline, although that's not necessarily an indication they see it as fun family entertainment.
It likely either means WWE is so far under the public radar that no one knows or cares what happens on their TV shows, or WWE has crossed the line of decency so many times the mainstream is completely desensitized to any cheap publicity stunt.
But while the storyline isn't stirring controversy, it is getting a ton of press for the company and developing a lot of curiosity.
McMahon vs. God. April 30 on pay-per-view. Top that, Don King.
LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) -- A youth minister was charged with assault for allegedly knocking down a 16-year-old boy and kicking him in the groin after taking a head shot from the teen in a dodgeball game.
David M. Boudreaux, 27, was charged Wednesday with one count of third-degree assault. According to court documents, the incident happened in February at Crescent Lake Christian Academy.
Authorities said the teen missed Boudreaux with one throw but then knocked the youth minister's glasses off with the next.
The boy apologized, authorities said, but Boudreaux pushed him backward, and when the teen got up again Boudreaux kicked him in the groin and left.
The teen suffered whiplash and post-concussion syndrome and had blood in his urine after being kicked, according to court records.
Boudreaux later apologized, prosecutors said.
Jeanne D. Hewitt, administrator of Crescent Lake Christian Academy, said Boudreaux had been placed on administrative leave.
A Christian clothing company is riding into the controversy over "Brokeback Mountain," the film about "gay" cowboys in love, by selling a T-shirt featuring Moses, the Ten Commandments, and homosexuals joining ancient Israelites dancing around a Golden Calf idol.
The T-shirt carries the bold slogan, "The Original 10 Commandments, BrokeBack on the Mountain."
It has a Bible reference to Exodus 32:19, which states "... he saw the calf and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and broke them beneath the mount."
"In his anger, Moses BROKE the two tablets of stone that the Ten Commandments were written on while walking BACK down the MOUNTAIN," noted the official release of the Florida-based Second Coming Clothing Co.
Commandment #11 - Do not get mad and steal the stuff from your old church to go and start a new church. That is bad.
No, God says WE get the fancy purple chairs
(Memphis, TN) -- It seems there were two warring factions at the Lighthouse Church at 353 W. Shelby Drive.
One faction of church leaders, it seems, emptied the church of its contents -- or so the other faction told Memphis police Saturday.
It appeared whoever did the taking used a key, so police told the church members they were dealing with a civil matter rather than a criminal one.
A police report said the absconders got (among other things): a $1,500 piano, $5,000 organ, $10,000 worth of purple cushion chairs, a $60 glass pulpit, $400 leather high-back pulpit chair, $320 worth of 6-foot-tall potted plants, a $1,200 drum set, $1,500 amplifiers and a $200 guitar.
No word yet on where the "New Lighthouse Church" has plunked down its potted plants and purple chairs.
GERMANTOWN, Md. -- Some members of a Maryland church are dismayed that hunters were allowed to shoot some of the deer that roamed the property. On Monday, hunters used shotguns to kill deer that were stripping vegetation from the Dayspring Church's 206-acre property in Germantown. Dayspring is part of the nondenominational Christian Church of the Saviour, whose 10 congregations are known for their commitment to the environment and opposition to war. One member objected that culling the deer was an act of violence on holy ground. But Dayspring's pastor, the Rev. Jim Hall, said officials estimate the number of deer in the area at about 200 per acre -- so many that the habitat for other animals was being damaged. During the hunt, church administrator Andrea Burgard said she and two other employees held a silent prayer for the deer, because the animals were "part of our church community."