I got this in an email forward. I almost never read the things, but this one actually made me chuckle, so worth the time . . .
The Church Phone...
A man in Topeka, Kansas, decided to write a book about churches around the country. He began by flying to San Francisco, and traveled east from there. He entered a very large San Francisco church, took photographs, and made notes.
He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall, and was intrigued
with a sign, which read, "$10,000 per minute"
Seeking out the pastor, he asked about the phone and the sign. The
pastor answered that the 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, Salt Lake City, Denver,Chicago, Milwaukee, and around the United States, he found more such phones, with the same sign, and the same explanation from each pastor.
Finally, the man arrived in the lovely state of Georgia. Upon entering a church, behold: he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: "Calls: 25 cents"!
Fascinated, the man asked to speak with the pastor. "Reverend, 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 use it to talk to God. But in 20 other churches, the
cost was $10,000 per minute. Your sign says 25 cents per call why is that?"
The pastor, smiling benignly, replied: "Son, you're in the South now, and it's a local call.