Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jesus Is Goin’ Country

SIDNEY, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hearing the word of God is much more fun when your knocking back chicken wings and riding a mechanical bull.

That’s the gospel according to Chris Hackaman, pastor at the Church of Country Rock in Sidney, Ohio, where Christians congregate every Sunday for beer, mechanical bull riding, holy sermons, and to rock out for Jesus.

Hackaman believes rock and religion are a match made in heaven, and that the church is for those seeking real faith.

He says, “We’re sharing the message of Christ in a way a normal person would understand. Jesus had no hang-ups about where he showed up to teach. I think this is just the kind of thing Jesus would want to do.”

Hackaman calls his rockin’ church a mix between Dancing with the Stars and “riding with the bulls,” but not all Christians are on board with the bar room bible study.

Hackaman says, “You hear a bit of grumbling from really tightly-wound Christians, but we’re having a good time.”

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