1: “Then I’d Be a Baptist” (By Tony Campolo, the Baptist preacher and writer): A preacher pounding away at the pulpit, yelled at the congregation, “Is everybody here a Baptist?” A man several rows back answered, “No I am a Methodist!” “Why are you a Methodist?” asked the preacher. “Well, my mother was a Methodist,” said the man. “And my father was a Methodist. So, they raised me as a Methodist.” “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard,” said the preacher. “If your mother was an ignoramus and your father was an ignoramus, would you be an ignoramus?” “No,” said the man. “If my father was an ignoramus and my mother was an ignoramus, I suppose I’d be a Baptist.” Denominationalism is the curse of Christianity and the greatest stumbling block to evangelization. In today’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus prayed for unity among his future followers; ignoring Jesus’ wish and prayer has resulted in more than 30,000 Christian denominations giving counter-witness to the true Christian message of forgiveness, unconditional love, unity, and universality.
# 5: A sense of humor in church leaders is essential for Christian unity. Pope John XXIII had it. When asked by a reporter how many people worked in the Vatican, pope answered, “About half of them!” On another occasion, when he was being interviewed by the media, the Pope was asked what he would tell the Church to do today if he knew that Christ’s return was to occur tomorrow. He smiled and answered, “Look busy.”
To live below with saints, we know;
Well, that's another story!"
19- Additional anecdotes:
If you are a Buddhist, your religion split from Hinduism, and was founded by Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama of India, about 500 B.C.
If you are Roman Catholic, Jesus Christ began your religion in the year 33 A.D.
If you are Islamic, Mohammed started your religion in what is now Saudi Arabia around 600 A.D.
If you are Eastern Orthodox, your sect separated from Catholicism around the year 1,000.
If you are Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church, in 1517.
If you belong to the Church of England (Anglican), your church split off from the Roman Catholic Church in the rebellion of King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.
If you are a Calvinist, your religion was founded when former-Catholic-turned- reformer John Calvin published his Institutes of the Christian Religion in 1536.
If you are Presbyterian, your religion was founded when John Knox brought the teachings of John Calvin to Scotland in the year 1560.
If you are Unitarian, your religious group developed in Europe in the 1500's.
If you are a Congregationalist, your religion branched off from Puritanism in the early 1600's in England.
If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1607.
If you are a Methodist, your religion was founded by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.
If you are an Episcopalian, your religion was brought over from England to the American Colonies and formed a separate religion founded by Samuel Seabury in 1789.
If you are a Mormon (Latter-day Saints), Joseph Smith started your church in Palmyra, N.Y. The year was 1830.
If you worship with the Salvation Army (it is a religious group), your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.
If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year your religion was founded by Mary Baker Eddy.
If you are a Jehovah's Witness, your religion was founded by Charles Taze Russell in Pennsylvania in 1870's .
If you are Pentecostal, your religion was started in the U.S. in 1901.
If you are agnostic, you profess an uncertainty about the existence of God.
If you are an atheist, you do not believe God exists.