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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:13 PM
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Preacher Dies With Heaven On His Lips
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/01/11/preacher.collapse.ap/i...

Preacher dies with heaven on his lips

Tuesday, January 11, 2005 Posted: 7:41 AM EST (1241 GMT)

The Rev. Jack Arnold, 69, was nearing the end of his sermon Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church when he grabbed the podium before falling to the floor, said the Rev. Michael S. Beats, the church's associate pastor. <snip>

Arnold had been the senior minister at the church in this Orlando suburb until the late 1990s when he began traveling to Africa and the Middle East to teach pastors. <snip>


WOW! WHAT a way to head to heaven! I pray he taught the new ministers well, and for his family.
O8)
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DIKB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:26 PM
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1. Matcom hit this up earlier
also mentioned was that he died shortly after saying something along the lines of "When I die and go to heaven . . ." <croak>

Really makes you question the weight of a preacher's words.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:44 AM
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12. ...or the weight of a Deity's will.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:46 AM
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13. Or how bizarrely arbitrary it can seem. n/t
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dave123williams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:43 PM
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2. Kind of like Dick Shaun....

The guy who played Hitler in Mel Brook's film "The Producers"....he actually had a gag heart-attack as part of his comedy act, and (I'm not making this up) died while performing it. The audience was in tears laughing for several minutes before they figured out that he was actually dead of a heart-attack....so, he left 'em laughing :)
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:47 PM
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3. NOW that's comically bizarre! A comedian doing that....
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 01:48 PM by themartyred
and laying up there & everyone just thinking that he was being silly. I'm sure all the comediens know about this, thanks for sharing.

Yes, he said, "when I die and go to heaven", and passed. Amazing.

(I searched the title and didn't find the other one.)
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:55 AM
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14. Yup, yup! Pretty amazing
Sure hope Bush uses this in his next sheeple radio address.
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chicagojoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:09 PM
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4. Yeah, I remember that. He got the last laugh.
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:06 PM
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6. similar to Redd Foxx
He died on the set of his last sitcom. Della Reese and his other co-stars thought he was fooling around.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:50 PM
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9. Oh Lord, I forgot about that. A comedian's dream death, for sure.
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 11:52 PM by calimary
And yes, it's absolutely true. Reminds me of the phrase I kept seeing in Al Franken's "rush limbaugh is a big fat idiot" book - he references quite a few successful standup gigs wherein he said "I killed." Dick Shawn took that one all the way out. Whotta way to go!
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yorkiemommie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:49 PM
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5.  a lady i knew..
came out from her bedroom, told her daughter in law, "I think I'll go back in my room and die laughing". And she did!
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:37 PM
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7. If you gotta go...
may as well go right, doing something you like. My dad had a heart attack while bass fishing, which he had gotten into in a big way late in life.

Redstone
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:47 PM
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8. God can be quite a practical joker
Imagine how many tsunami victims had mused that they would like to end their days lying on the beach.

And yeah, maybe he has something funny in store for me too.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:00 AM
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10. I must be a horrible person
...but that headline sounded a little....how shall I say....NASTY to me (nasty in a kinda good way, but nasty nonetheless!). Maybe not nasty, but more like naughty. It's all in the context, I guess.

Oh, well, RIP, preacher man.
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:10 AM
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11. I hope he went to heaven. Talk about getting your point across,
Um no disrespect but couldn't Rev. Michael S. Beats get the ministers heart beating.
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