BURBANK, Calif. --- There's a fresh job vacancy at North Burbank Seventh-day Adventist Church after avid Star Wars fanboy and former Senior Pastor Laffa Mignit ended this weekend's Sabbath benediction with the words "may the force be with you."
Mignit's cell phone was ringing before he even made it to the fellowship hall for potluck. An irate Southern California Conference official told Mignit that his "irreverent stunt" had generated a stream of complaints from angry church members, demanding his replacement.
Although Mignit attempted to defend his benediction by saying that "the force" was just another term for God, an unamused church board held an impromptu meeting that, before the call for potluck seconds went out, had unanimously voted to send him packing.
"I have a very bad feeling about this obsession Pastor Mignit has with all things Star Wars," said Church Board Chair, Varth Hader. "I find his lack of faith disturbing, he has failed entirely to stay on target in his ministry." He added that the congregation looked forward to starting afresh with a less geeky pastor. "This is a new day, a new beginning."
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