[Jokes] serious faith... (fwd)

Chris McKenna cmckenna at sucs.org
Sun Apr 16 21:20:11 BST 2006

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A Priest, a  Pentecostal Preacher and a Rabbi all served  as chaplains to the
students of the University of Georgia in Athens.

They  would get together two or three times a week at the Varsity for coffee
and  to talk shop.

One day,  someone made the comment that reaching to  people isn't really all
that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a  bear.

One thing led to another and they decided to do an  experiment. They would
all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it,  and attempt  to convert

Seven days  later, they're all together to discuss the "experience".

Father  Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on  crutches, and has
various bandages, goes first. "Well," he says, "I went  into the woods to find me a
bear. And when I found him I began to read to  him from the Catechism. Well,
that bear wanted nothing to do with me  and began to slap me around. So I
quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled  him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he
became as gentle a lamb. The  bishop is coming out next week to give him first
communion  and confirmation."

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a  wheelchair, with an arm and both
legs in casts, and an IV drip.  In  his best fire and brimstone oratory he
claimed, "WELL brothers, you KNOW  that we don't SPRINKLE! I went out and I FOUND
me a bear. And then I began to  READ to my bear from God's HOLY WORD! But
that bear wanted NOTHING TO DO  with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to
WRESTLE... We wrestled down  one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came
to a CREEK. So I quick  DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just
like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb.  We spent the rest of the day

They  both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was
in a  body cast and traction, with IV's and monitors running in and out of
him. He was  in really bad shape.

Rabbi Lipschitz looks up and struggles  to speak to the others. "Looking
back on it", he says, "the best way to start things out may not have been

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