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Jim Griffith Columnist

Published Sunday, January 27, 2013

Many churches have 'moving' experiences

A three-column headline in a recent issue of a newspaper in another state read: “Church Parsonage Moved Without A Single Crack.”

This is a startling bit of news.

It is the first time I can remember hearing of a church taking any kind of action on a project as large as this, without someone “making a crack” about it.

As a matter of fact, I even heard once of a church splitting because someone wanted to move the piano.

It seems the two leading men in the church were at odds about where they wanted the piano to be located in the auditorium.

One wanted it placed on the left side and the other adamantly argued for the right side of the auditorium.

Unfortunately, it tore up the church.

Years later, I was speaking in that church and had dinner at the home of one of the men in the controversy.

“I tell you,” he said, “I just stuck to my argument. I didn’t budge. I knew where I wanted that piano.”

“Where did you want the piano?” I asked.

He looked blank, blushed, blubbered and called out to his wife: “Lizzie, where was it I wanted that piano?”

He had torn up a church and could not remember why. Gratefully, times have changed.

I don’t hear of disputes on where to put the piano. True, some church members don’t want to move the piano, but it’s for a different reason. It’s one of the heaviest things you can move.

That may be the reason when it is announced a piano needs to be moved, some men rush forward to grab the stool.

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