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The Catholic Church's drone strategy

This is an example of a camera-equipped radio controlled quadcopter. This is a product of the Chinese company Walkera and it was introduced in 2013. It is battery operated and includes a HD video recorder, December 14, 2013 (CreditL Doodybutch via recently delivered the wedding rings at a marriage ceremony in San Francisco.  Drones are being used to help farmers map their crops and firefighters monitor wildfires in remote areas.  One father uses a drone to record his son's athletic prowess, apparently to make recruiting videos.  A pastor used a drone to get aerial footage of his church's parking lot, so he can determine more-efficient parking strategies.

Now the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has gotten in on the act.  Last Mother's Day, it employed its new drone to videotape crowds celebrating the canonization of John the 23rd and John Paul II.  The Church paid less than a thousand dollars for the drone, and intends to use it in efforts to increase evangelism through social media.

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What's happened to Memorial Day Weekend?

American flags flying from front porches (Credit: Cynthia Lindow via iStockphoto)So asks The San Francisco Chronicle.  The writer states: "In many major recreation settings, parties, beer and fights have taken over the summer's three-day holidays."  He describes a series of fights at one local site, with 23 arrests.  Another local resort has seen so many fights and illegal activities that the federal government now makes it off-limits on holiday weekends.

Last Memorial Day weekend, Texas troopers arrested 460 people for driving while intoxicated and issued 5,036 speeding citations.  Other states have similar problems on their roads over the holiday.  Over one recent Memorial Day weekend, 397 people were killed in automobile crashes; 40 percent were alcohol related.

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Muslim enrolled at Baptist seminary: why is this national news?

The BH Carroll Memorial Building Rotunda at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX (Credit: Michael-David Bradford via A Palestinian Muslim made national headlines this week when it was discovered that he is a doctoral student in archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.  The student worked at a dig in Israel alongside Southwestern students and faculty.  He developed a relationship with them, and chose to complete his doctorate at their school.  The seminary president explains that his admission "provides a chance for us to have an influence on his life."

Why is this news?

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Was C. S. Lewis a heretic?

C.S. Lewis in his study at the Kilns known as C. S. Lewis House, is the house on the outskirts of Headington Quarry, where Lewis is buried at Holy Trinity Church, in the village of Risinghurst, Oxford, England(Credit: C. S. Lewis Foundation)The "five second rule" isn't a rule: if you drop food on the floor and it lands on germs, the germs will stick to it immediately.  We've been told that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but the Empire State Building is struck 25 times a year.  We don't really use only 10 percent of our brains—MRIs reveal that we use most or all of our brains in one way or another.  And being in the cold doesn't cause colds—catching the virus from other people is how we get sick.

In other words, we don't always know what we think we know.  This fact was reinforced for me today by an article on the Relevant website: "6 Heretics Who Should Be Banned From Evangelicalism."  According to the writer,

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American Bible Challenge and the 'coolest love story ever written'

GSN's American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy premiers its third season May 22, 2014 (Credit: Game Show Network) "Christ or Klingon" asks contestants to guess whether words are from the Bible or Star Trek's Klingon language.  "Curse You, Autocorrect" requires contestants to decipher a typed Bible passage that has been "autocorrected."  "Nazareth Enquirer" lists sensational headlines that could have appeared in a tabloid.  It's all part of "The American Bible Challenge," Jeff Foxworthy's TV game show beginning its third season tomorrow.

Three teams face off in each episode; the winner receives thousands of dollars for its chosen charity.  They include teams of former beauty queens, motorcycle-riding priests, nuns, tattoo artists, rodeo cowboys and urban street rappers.

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