The Poor Rich Guy

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#585: “The Poor Rich Guy”
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Mark 10:25
25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

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The Poor Rich Guy
“The Poor Rich Guy” is episode #585 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Torry Martin and Marshal Younger, and originally aired on February 11, 2006.


Grady McKay decides that the Bible “makes no sense” after Marvin Washington and his sister, Tamika, conclude that Whit can’t go to heaven because he’s rich.


Grady, who has refused to go to church for a long time, finally shows up at church one Sunday because his mom wants him out of the house. Tamika and Marvin invite him to join their group in Sunday School. Tamika quotes Matthew 19:24, which talks about how it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Grady thinks the verse is ridiculous because a camel can't go through the eye of a needle.

Together, the three kids decide that the verse means that rich people can't get into heaven, which is okay because they don’t know any rich people anyway.

But when Whit surprises the class with a free trip to Water World, Tamika and Marvin become worried about his eternal future. Maybe he is rich after all. The two of them set out to discover if he really is rich so they can warn him if they need to.

Meanwhile, Grady is helping Wooton fix up the tree house when he accidentally stumbles upon Wooton’s secret life as the creator of PowerBoy and the wealth that goes along with it. Grady starts thinking about the verse he heard in Sunday school...and realizes that Wooton is rich, too! He dismisses church and Bible reading as a bunch of baloney and runs off.

Later, Grady watches as Tamika and Marvin confront Whit, having concluded that he really is rich. Whit realizes what they’re trying to do, and what has caused their misunderstanding about rich people. He shows them a valuable lesson about the importance of context.

After the lesson, Grady is relieved that Wooton actually will be going to heaven. He concludes that maybe the Bible does make a little sense.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Is it important to read verses in context?
    1. Why or why not?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Grady McKay Jordan Orr
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Marvin Washington Kendre Berry
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown
Wooton Bassett Jess Harnell
Phone operator Unknown

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Elaine Washington Tamika Washington




Grady McKay: Don't get too excited. I'm only coming because of my mom.
Wooton Bassett: Oh, is she coming to church too?
Grady McKay: No, my mom doesn't believe in God. She has to iron.
Wooton Bassett: Oh, as punishment?
Grady McKay: Huh?
Wooton Bassett: Huh?

Marvin Washington: Is there such thing as a tiny camel? Like, like really small? Like, smaller than my pinky?

John Whittaker: To my knowledge camels only come in large, with humps. I hope you're OK with that.
Marvin Washington: I hope you are.

John Whittaker: If you have any more questions don't hesitate to, uh... ask Eugene!

Tamika Washington: This is a sensitive subject! Mr. Whittaker is obviously rich, and so he's not going to heaven. Someone sensitive needs to tell him.
Marvin Washington: I'm sensitive!
Tamika Washington: Marvin, this morning you told Mom that the wrinkles on her face reminded you of our trip to the Grand Canyon.
Marvin Washington: The Grand Canyon's beautiful!

Tamika Washington: How much do you get paid?
Phone operator: <sighs> Not nearly enough. <hangs up>