Vicar Catches Fire After Asking God a Question [Video]

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Not Reassuring: Vicar Catches Fire After Asking “Lord God, What Are You Saying To Us?”


Stephen Beach of St. Budeaux Parish Church in Plymouth just learned why trial lawyers never ask a question without knowing the answer. Beach was holding an online sermon during the COVID-19 outbreak and asked “Lord God, what are you saying to us?” He promptly caught fire. Fortunately, as shown in the video below, it was just his clothing and the good vicar is fine. He needs a new sweater and his parishioners need a stiff drink. First Prince Charles gets the coronavirus and now good reverends are catching fire.

The vicar from southwest England was giving the following sermon:

“It’s a great thing to pause in the presence of God and to ask the question: Lord God, what are you saying to us? And then, of course, to wait for an answer. I’ve just been pausing between these…”

That is when his sweater caught on fire from one of the candles and Beach exclaims in quintessential British style “Oh dear, I just caught on fire. Oh my word.”

We can each search for the message from the depressing (“we’re royally screwed”) to the scientific (“English vicars are simply more combustible than other ministers.”). Personally, I prefer the most hopeful message that God simply hates cardigans.


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Professor Jonathan Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. He has written over three dozen academic articles that have appeared in a variety of leading law journals at Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, University of Chicago, and other schools.

After a stint at Tulane Law School, Professor Turley joined the George Washington faculty in 1990 and, in 1998, was given the prestigious Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, the youngest chaired professor in the school’s history. In addition to his extensive publications, Professor Turley has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades including the representation of whistleblowers, military personnel, judges, members of Congress, and a wide range of other clients.

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