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MJ’s Religion Thriller
Boston.com tries to unravel Michael Jackson’s religious beliefs. “In those days since the King of Pop died, I’ve now seen so many items about his faith that my head is starting to spin. He was a Jehovah’s Witness. A Muslim. He accepted Jesus before he died. The Vatican loved him, but was that right? There’s even a Jewish angle of sorts. Not to mention the unending discussion of what it means to call him an icon, or an idol. Some folks have suggested that his funeral will shed some light on his final faith practices, but I’m not holding out much hope for that. ”

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True Woman ’10
Next year there will be not one but three True Woman conferences (could we say it’s kind of equivalent to a Together for the Gospel directed specifically at women?). The 2008 version of the event was excellent. Click the link for information and a video.

How Bad Are Auto Sales?
TIME answers the question in this brief article.

Why Palin Quit
Here’s an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal: “People close to Sarah Palin say national political reporters and pundits have missed the real reasons for her surprising decision to resign as Alaska governor. The national media have dismissed or downplayed her real motives, which had little to do with any plans to run for president in 2012.”

Self-Help is No Help
“Bridget Jones is not alone in turning to self-help mantras to boost her spirits, but a study warns they may have the opposite effect. Canadian researchers found those with low self-esteem actually felt worse after repeating positive statements about themselves.”