Quick Takes – 1/12/2008

Evangelist Luis Palau shares a list of his favorite evangelistic websites.

Children’s Minister Tony Kummer has a great article on How To Choose The Right Vacation Bible School Curriculum. “Vacation Bible School curriculum options are getting better every year. With the host of excellent VBS themes comes a problem – which one is right for your church? Here are the top elements I look at when choosing a Vacation Bible School curriculum.”

Don Surber provides a lighter look at this election year’s presidential candidates with his clever “Cartoonidates.” My three favorites were Hillary Clinton as Velma, Barack Obama as Snagglepuss, and Fred Thompson as Fred Flintstone. But Mitt Romney as Mr. Ranger (from Yogi Bear), John McCain as Papa Smurf, Rudy Guiliani as Scooby Doo and Mike Huckabee as Huckleberry Hound are also priceless!

Jodi Benson, the voice of Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid, talks about her role in the recent Disney film Enchanted. “I love to sing. It’s an extension of who I am as a person, and it’s a great way for me to worship. I’m so happy that I can use my opportunities to get out and encourage people. When I’m onstage singing and sharing songs, it’s an extension of the joy I feel. I try to lift people up and give them a happy moment with my music.”

English professor Devin Brown offers some suggestions to Andrew Adamson, director of the upcoming Prince Caspian movie. “My wish list actually represents a genuine concern about the film. Why get so anxious about what, to many people, will be just a movie? The answer is that for me—and a good number of people like me—these books are on that list of special things in life that have become a part of us and have helped make us who we are.”

C. Michael Patton gives a thoughtful answer to the question: Are all sins really equal in God’s sight? “I think that it is biblical and necessary to say that some sins are more grievous in the sight of God than others … There are many instances in the Scriptures where degrees of sin are distinguished. 1. Christ tells Pilate that the Jewish leaders have committed a worse sin than him, saying “he who has handed me over to you has committed the greater sin” (Jn. 19:11).”

Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer talks about lessons learned in this interview at TheHigherCalling.org. “At age 21, Phil Vischer had created VeggieTales to make cartoons with content. To staff the work, he incorporated Big Idea. By his early 30s, he was helmsman of the biggest animation enterprise between New York and L.A. By his mid-30s, he was in bankruptcy court. In his new book, Me, Myself and Bob, the man who left his ocean-liner sized dream by life raft turns and looks back with hard-won wisdom.”

Robert P. George, co-author with Christopher Tollefsen of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, argues for the dignity of human life at all stages of development. “At all stages of our lives — from the embryonic through the fetal, infant, child, and adolescent stages and into adulthood — we are human beings with dignity and the right to life. Our dignity does not come from having achieved a certain level of intellectual proficiency or even conscious awareness. … We have our dignity in virtue of the kind of entity we are: that is human being, a creature with a rational nature. And we became that when we came to be.”

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