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Tuesday July 22, 2008

Danger Sermon Illustrations
“A pastor brought out a dirt bike during a church service to demonstrate the concept of unity. Now he’s demonstrating the concept of healing.”

Distracting Ourselves to Death
John Mark Reynolds outlines five tips his family is trying to avoid being overly distracted by media.

An Absentee God
Dinesh D’Souza provides a great answer to a question posted by Christopher Hitchens. “God seems to have been napping for 98 percent of human history, finally getting his act together only for the most recent 2 percent? What kind of a bizarre God acts like this?”

A Bona Fide Benny Hinn Miracle
This [fake] news site has the story. “Religious and scientific experts say there is strong evidence that American televangelist Benny Hinn performed a ‘genuine verifiable miracle’ in Johannesburg on the weekend. According to the experts, Hinn and his colleagues made thousands of dollars disappear from the bank accounts of worshipers, before making the money reappear in offshore accounts.”

I’m not so sure about this site. It allows you to send anonymous advice, praise and criticism to friends, family or colleagues.

Obama and McCain at Saddleback
Rick Warren has announced that Senators John McCain and Barack Obama will be making a joint appearance at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion on Saturday, August 16.

Low Numbers at ICRS
“The Disney magic did not materialize at last week’s trade show which ended July 17, with total attendance of 7,448–the lowest numbers since the 1980s…”

Together for Adoption
The annual Together for Adoption Conference will be held in Greenville, SC on November 1, 2008.

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