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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Can You Be Too Rich for Heaven?

There was a Saturday Night Live skit years ago (I think it featured Steve Martin) that featured a prosperous businessman who took very seriously Jesus' words in Mark 10:25: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."  So he decided to invest his fortune into making really big needles and breeding really small camels, and if that didn't work, he was prepared to hire a virtual army to remove that verse from all copies of the Bible worldwide.  (If you can find this clip online, please let me know where to get it.  I'll owe you forever.)

Historical theologian Brian Matz nicely summarizes the ancient church fathers' understanding of Jesus' troubling words about wealth in a way that is instructive, encouraging, and still seriously challenging.  Check it out and be blessed.


  1. A reader informed me that the SNL skit actually features Bill Pullman, and it was in Episode 3 of Season 22, which aired on Oct. 19, 1996. Again, if it exists online anywhere, I'd love to know.

    By the way, does anybody like my idea of NBC selling individual SNL skits for download for 25¢ apiece? There are some great skits from the past that never get replayed or show up on Hulu, etc. that I'd love to see again. And it would be pure profit for NBC. I don't know why they don't do it.

  2. I am looking also for the skit. I thought I found it when I saw this: I really want to find it. I think the 25 cent idea is great. :)