The problem with Christians and Helicopters

The problem with Christians and Helicopters:

Exhibit A

Favorite quote: “If you’re going to catch a fish, you have to have bait,” he explained. “If it takes a helicopter dropping 5,000 eggs to get people to come to church, it’s worth it. There are souls to save.”

Exhibit B

Favorite quote: “Which, really, was the aim of the event, he said — to show the community what the church stands for. “We wanted to show the community that we’re about the love of Jesus,” Gagnon said, “we wanted to give back to the community.”

Exhibit C

Favorite quote: “Children who registered for the Egg Drop could win a Leapfrog Leapster, Nintendo DSi or iPod Touch in drawings. A Blu-Ray player was given away to an adult at the end of both Easter services.”


Author: Sam Ford

Sam Ford is a preacher, planter, and pastor from the Pacific Northwest. He is currently pastoring Restoration Road Church in Snohomish, WA.

4 thoughts on “The problem with Christians and Helicopters”

  1. “Nearly 60,000 plastic eggs were dropped during two helicopter runs. Some contained candy, others vouchers for prizes that included Nintendo Wii game systems, flat-screen televisions and cash.” Smokes!! That’s a load of eggs, a lot of money, tons of prizes, a great deal of energy put into what? First impressions… Makes me very proud that my church’s first impression is a free Bible and some conviction. Thanks guys, for following the leading of the Lord!


  2. When Woodfill wrapped up his sermon, the congregation’s eyes turned to the heavens. They awaited the Easter chopper.

    “It’s good that we’re looking up,” Woodfill announced. “Our salvation is near. Jesus could return today.”

    But it was just the helicopter on Sunday, red with black racing stripes. Woodfill, wearing a cream-colored suit, loaded the eggs at one end of the field and then the helicopter lifted again.

    funny/sad stuff.


  3. She tempered the thrill of the egg hunt with more somber thoughts on the religious holiday.

    “It’s mixed,” she said of Easter’s double meanings. “It’s exciting, but at the same time, kind of sad.”

    Matthew Missler, 14, argued that there was room for crucifixion and chocolate to coexist.

    “It’s about Jesus being resurrected,” he said. “But I’m eating the candy.”


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