And when I go to heaven... ACK! *THUD*

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  • Elsewhere

    Preacher Dies During Sermon About Heaven
    Jan 10, 10:43 PM (ET) OVIEDO, Fla. (AP) - A Presbyterian minister collapsed and died in mid-sentence of a sermon after saying "And when I go to heaven ...," his colleague said Monday.

    The Rev. Jack Arnold, 69, was nearing the end of his sermon Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church in this Orlando suburb when he grabbed the podium before falling to the floor, said the Rev. Michael S. Beates, associate pastor at Covenant Presbyterian.

    Before collapsing, Arnold quoted the 18th century Bible scholar, John Wesley, who said, "Until my work on this earth is done, I am immortal. But when my work for Christ is done ... I go to be with Jesus," Beates said in a telephone interview.

    Several members of the congregation with medical backgrounds tried to revive the minister and paramedics were called, but Arnold appeared to die instantly, Beates said.

    Arnold had been the senior minister at the church until the late 1990s when he began traveling to Africa and the Middle East to teach pastors. The cause of death was believed to be cardiac arrest. He had bypass surgery five years earlier.

    Beates also recounted Arnold's death in an e-mail he sent to members of the Central Florida Presbytery.

    "We were stunned," Beates said. "It was traumatic, but how wonderful it was he died in his own church among the people he loved the most."

  • Double Edge
    Double Edge

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  • Doubtfully Yours
    Doubtfully Yours

    Well, I guess he put his money where his mouth was, so to speak.


  • upside/down

    Now Double Edge- That was funny (your post) LMAO!!!


  • LittleToe

    What a way to go - LOL!

    LT, "Presbyterian leanings" class.

  • Preston

    y'know...I'm certain that I'm one of the 144,000 ....ACK! *THUD*

  • Swan
    "We were stunned," Beates said. "It was traumatic, but how wonderful it was he died in his own church among the people he loved the most."

    Yes, how wonderful!

    That reminds me of when JWs say stuff like, "Over a 150,000 who died in the tsunami's will now have the wonderful opportunity of being resurrected." Or "Yes, he was street witnessing at the time the car struck and killed him. How wonderful that he died serving Jehovah!"

    Yes, how wonderful!


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  • BrendaCloutier

    Kev told me about this last night while waiting to get our hairs cut.... Gawd that's funny! I can't think of a more appropriate way for someone to go, actually. You think he might have swallowed a hairball and couln't cough it up?

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