Not News: Snake Handling Preacher Dies of Snake Bite

A Southern West Virginia snake-handling preacher who watched his father die of a snakebite as a teenager suffered the same fate over the weekend.

Mark Randall “Mack” Wolford, 44, had organized a Memorial Day gathering for followers of his faith and anyone else interested at Panther State Forest in McDowell County.

via Timber rattler bites, kills snake-handling preacher  – State News – Charleston Daily Mail – West Virginia News and Sports –.

Only in West Virginia… where it is legal…

No, it is not a surprise that a snake handler will die of a snake bite. His father died of it as a matter of fact.

By the way, Mark 16.18 is not original. If they would leave the KJV where it belongs, someone would be alive.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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