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49ers fan pastor gives world's shortest sermon so he won't miss kickoff

Jay Busbee
Shutdown Corner


Pastor Tim Christensen leads the flock at Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Butte, Montana. Pastor Christensen is also a huge 49ers fan. And the 49ers' playoff game on Sunday directly conflicted with the normally scheduled church service. So Pastor Christensen took matters into his own hands and performed the preaching equivalent of a hurry-up offense. 

You can watch the video above - really, it won't take long - or you can read this transcript below:

Pastor: "Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins?"

Congregation: "Yes."

Pastor: "OK, that's great. You are. Today's message was supposed to be about wine, and servanthood, but you know all about that, right?"

Congregation: "Right."

Pastor: "There's bread and wine on the table, feel free to help yourself. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord." 

He then followed with a not-quite-holy-but-pretty-inspiring Kaepernick-style bicep kiss and Newton-style Superman reveal of his 49ers shirt. And with that, he was out the door. 

Or was he? After becoming a viral hit on Monday, Christensen and his church were flooded with attention. A secretary there tells Mashable that "it was just a little bit of a joke ... the entire congregation knows he's a big 49ers fan, so they were in on it and he held a full service right after that."

[Via Deadspin, Uproxx]


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