Pastor Dewey Chafin handled a snake during a service at the Church of The Lord Jesus in Jolo, W.Va., in September, 1995. Chafin, now 82, says he's been bitten hundreds of times.
Among them was Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro who died saturday Feb. 15, 2014 after being bitten by rattlesnake during a service at his church in Middlesboro. File Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Pastor Dewey Chafin handled a snake during a service at the Church of The Lord Jesus in Jolo, W.Va., in September, 1995. Chafin, now 82, says he's been bitten hundreds of times. Among them was Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro who died saturday Feb. 15, 2014 after being bitten by rattlesnake during a service at his church in Middlesboro. File Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER
Pastor Dewey Chafin handled a snake during a service at the Church of The Lord Jesus in Jolo, W.Va., in September, 1995. Chafin, now 82, says he's been bitten hundreds of times. Among them was Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro who died saturday Feb. 15, 2014 after being bitten by rattlesnake during a service at his church in Middlesboro. File Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER

Paul Prather

March 02, 2014 12:16 AM

Paul Prather: Snakes are dangerous and so is taking the Bible too literally

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Paul Prather

An ordained minister for more than 30 years, Paul Prather is a columnist, author and pastor of Bethesda Church near Mount Sterling. From 1988 to 1997, he was a Herald-Leader staff writer covering primarily religion.

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