My good friend, Jennifer, forwarded the following email to me, which I found too cute not to share. Enjoy!
A man in Topeka , Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the
country. He started by flying to San Francisco and started working east from
Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes.
He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with
a sign, which read 'Calls: $10,000 a minute.'
Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. 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 Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and
around the United States, he found more phones, with the same sign, and the
same answer from each pastor.
Finally, he arrived in Louisiana. Upon entering a cathedral in Baton Rouge he saw the usual golden telephone.
But THIS time, the sign read 'Calls: .35 cents.'
Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor, but as it happened the bishop
was available. "Bishop Muench, 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 the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads only ..35 cents a
The priest, smiling benignly, replied : "Son, you're in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana now, home of the # 1 ranked National Champions LSU Tigers,
Community Coffee and the best cooking this side of heaven.
You're in God's Country, It's a local call."