Jesus And Junk

“A dollar bill with Jesus’ picture on it? You must be kidding.”

“No, honest. It’s called the ‘Jesus dollar,’ and it’s to remind people that ‘In God We Trust.’ ”

“What does it look like?”

“A regular bill. Except that instead of Lincoln, it has Sallman’s head of Christ.” “Weird. Is it worth a dollar?”

“You pay 29 cents for it.”

“Can you spend it?”

“Of course not.”

“Not even in a Christian bookstore? Or the offering at church?”

“It’s a witnessing tool.”

“Like, leave it instead of a tip?”

“Maybe leave it with a tip.”

“I bet that waitresses jump up and down for joy when they find a dollar they can’t spend on top of a dime they can.”

“It also says ‘U R Loved’ and ‘U R 4 Given’ on it.”

“Wild. And what’s the signature, in place of—let’s see—Azie Taylor Morton, whoever she is.”

“B. A. Freeman.”

“You know, a friend of mine says that what goes over with Christians is Jesus and junk. But this thing makes Jesus look like junk. I can see an Elvis dollar, even a Jimmy dollar—”

“Half-size.”

“Right. But not a Jesus dollar.”

“In place of the great seal of the United States, it has the one-way finger.”

“Did you ever think that’s only one finger removed from an obscenity?” “Today lots of things are.”

EUTYCHUS VIII

Exquisite Pain

I would be remiss if I didn’t write to thank CHRISTIANITY TODAY for bringing to its readers Philip Yancey’s exquisite article, “Pain: The Tool of the Wounded Surgeon” (March 24). I smiled and wept as I experienced its truth, insight, pain, beauty, understanding, joy, reality, promise, and hope. It made the wisdom, plan, and love of God for us in this realm and in the one to come a little less past finding out.

CATHARINE SCOTT

Old Saybrook, Conn.

When I read Philip Yancey’s well-written article I felt a tinge of regret that I have ...

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