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, begrudgingly rides Wooton's church bus to service one Sunday morning when his mom orders him out of the house to allow her to do laundry in peace. When his Sunday School class breaks into small groups to learn their Bible verse, Grady, Marvin and Tamika discuss a different verse than the class went over: 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. After discussion, the three kids decide that the verse means that rich people can't get into heaven; not really an issue for them since they don’t know any rich people anyway.

However, before they leave Sunday School for the church service, Whit surprises the class with a free trip to Waterworld. Tamika and Marvin become worried about his eternal future; if he is paying for everyone to go to Waterworld maybe he is rich after all! The two of them set out to discover if he really is rich so they can, if necessary, warn him of his impending doom. Marvin asks Whit point blank if he is rich but is unsatisfied with Whit's vague answers and his own definition of "rich".

Meanwhile, Grady is helping Wooton paint the tree house. When he enters Wooton's house alone to use the restroom, he accidentally stumbles into Wooton's hidden room, discovering Wooton's secret life as the creator of PowerBoy. When he confronts Wooton with his discovery, Wooton admits the truth to Grady but begs him not to tell anyone because they might treat him differently once they knew. Grady, originally excited, asks if it's because PowerBoy has made Wooton rich. Wooton, in an attempt to change the conversation, asks Grady if he will be coming to church on Sunday. Fearing for Wooton's eternal soul, Grady angrily dismisses church (and the Bible) as baloney and runs away.

Tamika and Marvin, still trying to sleuth out the truth of Whit's finances, call up the Universal Encyclopedia to see if anyone there will tell them if Whit is rich. The lady at the office has lots of helpful information about land animals, and tells them more about what a large company Universal Press is. Upon realizing that Whit is the chairman of the board, Tamika concludes that he must be rich, and determines to confront him about it.

Fortunately, Grady is at Whit's End for the confrontation where Whit explains how important it is to read the Bible as a whole, not to read one verse and make an assumption about theology based on it. He shows them the verses surrounding the verse they were confused about, and all three kids learn a valuable lesson about the importance of context. Relieved, Grady concludes that the Bible makes more sense after Whit's explanation and visits Wooton at the tree house to tell him so.

Discussion Questions

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


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Chuck Unknown
Grady McKay Jordan Orr
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Marvin Washington Kendre Berry
Pam Unknown
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown
UPF Phone Operator Stephanie Younger
Wooton Bassett Jess Harnell

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Character Mentioned By
Kristi McKay Grady McKay
Eugene Meltsner John Whittaker
Ed Washington Tamika Washington
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?
UPF Phone Operator: <sighs> Not nearly enough. <hangs up>