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The World NEXT ends 

I've got too much to do to even think about blogging, but I thought this might be a good placeholder: Parables are useful tools for teaching sublime truths. I hope you see some of the humor here, given the hurricanes this year and recently...

Not bad! A photographer from Ohio decided to write a book about churches around the country. He began in Seattle and worked east & south from there. Going to a very large Seattle church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He noted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign which read "$10,000 a minute." Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone.

The pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to God.

The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way. As he continued to visit churches in California, Michigan, Illinois, New York, and all around the United States, he found more phones, with similar signs, and got the same answer from each pastor. The one difference was the price. In Salt Lake City and Minneapolis, it was $7,000. In Denver and St. Louis, it was $5,000. In Austin and Atlanta, it was $1,000.

Finally, he arrived in Louisiana. Upon entering a church in New Orleans, behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read "Calls: 25 cents.", as did all the other signs in churches across Louisiana.

Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor of a Baton Rouge church. "Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church, I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to God, but, in the other churches it cost quite a lot. All the signs in Louisiana read 25 cents a call. Why?"

The pastor, smiling, replied,
"Son, you're in Louisiana now. This is God's country... so it's a local call."

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Craig Wiseman January 16th, 2009 11:45:50 AM