Pastor has 62 second sermon to catch football game

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

UPDATE: The Telegraph is reporting as of January 15, that this was a joke and there was a full service afterwards. Their story paraphrases a “parish secretary”, and this lede is buried in the last sentence of their story while the video is given prominent play.}

Don’t want to make this worse by posting on this, but an Evangelical Lutheran pastor in the US held his sermon to one minute on Sunday so he could watch his beloved 49ers play.

It’s likely to go viral. It will likely be sent to you, Just 14,000 YouTube hits as I write.

Amusing or appalling. What say you?

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11 Responses to Pastor has 62 second sermon to catch football game

  1. Rick Hiebert says:

    Todd Friel, on his radio show, was dismayed. Hat tip to him though, as his reference allowed me to find it.

  2. TJ says:

    Apparently it was a joke since the congregation knew he was such a fan. He proceeded to do a full one-hour service immediately after this video.

  3. fjc says:

    Depends on the message. For me it is quality over quantity.

    I have heard some drone on and on and on. Disjointed thoughts with some hand thumping to make up for it. Fifteen, twenty minutes past the allotted time. You could look about and see the eyes glazed eyes in the pews.

    The Pastor who married us could have put his sermons on CD’s and sold them as a cure for insomnia.

  4. ronmac says:

    I heard a sermon once (as a kid) that lasted 10 seconds. He stepped up to pulpit and wished everyone a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and that was it.

  5. VanPastorMan says:

    I think it’s terrible. Doesn’t this pastor know that God invented VCR’s and DVR’s for the purpose of staying in church when an important event is on tv?

  6. Rick Hiebert says:

    TJ–Hope you are right and he came back.

    But I am in good company as he may have wrong footed Todd Friel as well, to the extent that he did a “which service is worse” contest on his show. It is his highlight for January 13 here:

    http://www.wretchedradio.com/podcast.cfm?h=4A06A6925F3725FA89A72141436B1C89&page=1

  7. Rick Hiebert says:

    Listened to the Friel segment again.

    He referred to the Evangelical Lutheran item as a “stinker” and “crummy”. This was after his talking about a real sermon he heard on Sunday at length, so the context was “things that really happened at church.”

    “This is sad” Friel said, adding that he thinks this pastor may have “gone off the rails.”

    He went to the church website, asked what was going on. No response.

    “Even as a joke, it’s not funny” Friel added. “There’s some sort of [real] response with the [communion] elements there.”

    He did try to check it out and was working on what he had. Think I will Google and see if there’s news.

  8. Rick Hiebert says:

    TJ–Thanks, found the correction, thus the amended post. Bet it won’t quite catch up to the video, though, as you know how the Internet is.

    Chesterton’s quote about a lie being halfway around the world while truth is putting on its books comes to mind.

  9. BD says:

    This is a good interview with Rev Christensen.

    http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/rtm-talks-pastor-who-cut-his-service-short-49ers

    Guess one lesson is not to believe everything on the net, interesting that his ‘one minute service’ video went viral.

  10. Rick Hiebert says:

    Thanks BD…

    Had the videographer kept going for a few seconds more to the I’m only kidding part, less confusion and we could have all enjoyed the joke.

    And media needs to put the joking part in the lede as well….

  11. Rick Hiebert says:

    My original link to the video above has gone verklump. but here’s another version on YouTube:

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