Posted for the December 20th, 2008 Broadcast:

The Bible Salesman (<-- Listen to it by clicking on this title.)

Well there was this Yankee Bible salesman who sold bibles in the Boston area for many years. And he noticed as he went around selling his Bibles, that in some churches there was a Golden telephone with a sign on it that read:
DIRECT CALLS TO GOD $100 PER MINUTE

Being a good salesman, he never ever questioned the pastor of the churches about such signs because he did not want to jeopardize his sales.

Well this Yankee Bible salesman gets transfer to the South. He’s unhappy at first but manages to do well selling his Bibles to various southern churches. And again, he noticed that in some churches he would see a Golden Telephone with a sign on it which read:
DIRECT CALLS TO GOD 25 CENTS PER MINUTE

Finally his curiosity got the best of him and when he was out in the country selling Bibles to a small church, he decided that it would be safe to ask the pastor of the small country church a question about the Golden Telephone without jeopardizing his sales much. So he asks the Red Neck pastor.
Pastor, I’m a Yankee as you know and I used to sell Bibles up in the Boston area and now I am selling Bibles down here. And I noticed in my travels both up North and in the South, that some churches have a Golden Telephone and up north the sign of the telephone would read DIRECT CALLS TO GOD $100 a minute and down here the sign reads DIRECT CALLS TO GOD 25cents per minute. What’s up with these telephones. Please explain these telephones to me.

The Pastor says, “Son, it’s quite simple. Down here in the South, it’s a local call!”