EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPastor Preaches From Steeple At Huntington Church
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Sep. 9, 2013 12:03 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 9:52 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A typical Sunday at most churches begins and ends in the sanctuary. Tim Dixon, the pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Huntington, went above and beyond to deliver his message.
Dixon climbed up into the steeple to deliver his sermon with a bull horn in hand. Some church members were very impressed.
"It's pretty amazing knowing he's afraid of heights and he made it," church member Terry Collison said. "I'm sure people passing by had to wonder why we were looking straight in the air."
Dixon said he decided to do it to tackle his fear of heights head on, and he wanted to help people face their challenges .
"My ultimate fear in life is heights, so I cannot ask my people to address their ultimate fears if I can't address mine. So, I start addressing my ultimate fear and invite them to address their ultimate fear of accepting forgiveness from those who have hurt them," Dixon said.
Dixon said church is a place for people to go and be healed. But all too often, churches cause people pain and rejection, especially if they're not in certain categories. First Church is known for being very progressive, and now members are going out more into the community.
"The steeple was kind of a cool thing; it's 140 in the making. Nobody's ever preached from our steeple. It has wood in it from the original steeple," he said. "It's a good way to send a message just not to our church, but the whole city."
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