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Getting the Cross for Free

The late preacher and social activist Clarence Jordan used to tell the story of what happened during his tour of one of America's most beautiful churches.  As the tour guide brought him to the very front of the church where he could look up at the altar, he was told by the tour guide: “Do you see that cross? It’s a gold cross.  It was donated by one of our wealthiest members in memory of his wife.  That cross, Mr Jordan, which is covered with gold leaf, cost over $750,000!”

Clarence responded in a simple yet profound manner: "Shucks!" he said. "Time was, you could get one for free!"

- Tony Campolo