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January 22, 2005

Any of you demons wearing jeans?

Here's a fun story that's both true AND pastoral.

Turns out a couple of older sisters showed up in a Tennessee church one morning to pass along a message to mom.

Postponing the beginning of his service, the pastor - this is classic - came down from the pulpit and said (this is a quote) "You're not wearing pants in my church, you demon."

Ouch!

Now, what would you guess their response would be? Guilt, anger, violence? Nope, these Tennessee women tried the theology route:

"I'm glad I serve a God who can work through my pants" was the also-classic response.

It gets better, after you take a moment to stop laughing at the implications of everything that has gone before. Turns out the PASTOR turned to violence! He grabbed the woman who sassed him and hustled her toward the door, saying "I got all the demons out of my church, and I want you out."

VERY pastoral response, just like Jesus who insisted that sinners be kept on the outside. Right? (ATTENTION: I am aware that some of you out there are more literal than others. I just used a technique called sarcasm, to indicate that the pastor's response was not Christ-like. Jesus dealt more with people who needed God than those who thought they were already super-holy. No angry messages necessary.)

And, in conclusion, of course, the woman in question said "I don't think you've got all the demons out yet."

Nothing like this ever happens at my church. I must be doing something wrong. Full story here.

Posted by Dan at January 22, 2005 04:31 PM

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