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April 4, 2010

Megachurch to give away mega gifts on Easter Sunday

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Everything really is bigger in Texas, but someone please tell me this is a joke:

Easter at a megachurch in Corpus Christi, Texas, will look like the popular TV game show “The Price Is Right.”

Sixteen cars, 15 flat-screen televisions, furniture sets and other prizes are lined up at Bay Area Fellowship Church and ready to be claimed by anyone who attends the church’s Easter services on Sunday.

Though the church of some 7,000 weekly attendees has regularly flexed its creative muscles to draw the unchurched, the upcoming “Ultimate Giveaway” is like no other outreach it has ever attempted.

Pastor Bil Cornelius, who made the game show analogy, admits it’s a bit “outrageous.”

But he sees it as “an opportunity to share Christ with people who may never go to a church for any reason,” he told The Christian Post.

The prizes are worth over $2 million and are all donated items or sponsored by members of the church.

No, the Christian Post is not the baptized version of The Onion, which isn’t that surprisingly. Outrageous? Yes. But funny? Sadly, no.

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