The final presidential debate featured less drama and less tweets than the previous two. While Mitt Romney and Barack Obama seemed to veer off the topic of foreign policy, which was supposed to be the main focus, those watching the debate and giving their opinions on Twitter appeared less amused.
"Who knew class sizes were a national security / foreign policy issue? #TheDebate" tweeted Ed Stetzer, vice president of Research and Ministry Development for LifeWay Christian Resources.
"Am I the only person who thinks that 'drone' describes this debate in many ways? #TheDebate," Stetzer added in another tweet. Also: "'Friends of Syria.' Is that a Facebook group? #TheDebate" more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – British-born entrepreneur Mark Burnett, who is the creator of such reality TV shows as Celebrity Apprentice, Shark Tank, Survivor and The Voice, said one of his fears is that of not making a "meaningful contribution" in life. Burnett was interviewed by best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren for a taped segment shown during a business summit at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., on Friday.
"I have had great fear, but my fear isn't of the failure of the project. It's looking back later having done nothing. It's a very serious fear. The fear of not making a meaningful contribution, of being insignificant, of looking back [and thinking] that I didn't step up. I am honestly petrified of that, or I was, and my pain of feeling like I let myself down, my family down, and not taking the risk to do it was far greater than the pleasure of being calm," said Burnett.
The reality television pioneer was one of five speakers featured at the O.C. (Orange County) Business Summit, spearheaded by Warren. The Saddleback Church founder said he felt that one way to tackle a struggling economy was to bring together the brightest minds in business to discuss how they achieved success. More than 2,000 people attended the day-long conference which included sessions led by Steve Case, who is the former CEO of America Online and presently chairman of the Case Foundation; Lynda Resnick, listed #634 on Forbes Billionaires list and #212 on Forbes 400; Michael E. Gerber, who is well known as a business guru and author of The E-Myth Revisited; and Warren. more >>
"If there is no God watching us, why be good?" poses the description on a new television series by evolutionary scientist Richard Dawkins on Britain's Channel 4. The program, running through October and taking Dawkins from a London inner-city to America's Bible Belt, examines the argument that "religion's absolutist moral codes fuel lies and guilt".
The three-part series, which is titled "Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life" and promises to explore "what happens if we leave religion behind", has the renowned evolutionary biologist and atheist exploring how reason and science might replace religion in helping to guide human lives. "Can science bring understanding in the face of death, help us tell right from wrong, or reveal the meaning of life?" are just some of the questions the Channel 4 program plans to explore.
In the first episode made available online this week, Dawkins explores issues related to sex and the idea of sin. The episode opens with The God Delusion author declaring,"More and more of us realize there is no god, and yet religion still has a hold over us. I think ideas of saints and sinners, heaven and hell, still shape our thinking. I want to give you a scientific alternative." more >>
Twitter proved once again to be a very popular social scene during the second presidential debate with both conservatives and liberals clashing while Barack Obama and Mitt Romney battled during the town hall style meeting Tuesday evening.
Much of the discussion included critique about the debate format itself, including digs at moderator Candy Crowley from CNN. Tweets also alluded to a more aggressive debate between the two candidates.
Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church tweeted at the outset of the debate: "All we need is a cage!" and then added, "Yep. And a couple of folding metal chairs." more >>
Before a crowd of 25,000 women at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Bishop T.D. Jakes opened up the first day of his annual "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!" conference by saying that it is important that a faith in God be coupled with a belief in oneself.
"There are two aspects of faith that are critical for you to make it through this world," said Jakes, who is the lead pastor of the 30,000-member The Potter's House in Dallas. "Number one, you have to believe in God. If you don't believe in God there are some things for which there is no answer, no rationale, and no comfort. People will become sort of being what you need when you need it. You will spend the rest of your life searching through people who are just as broken as you are trying how to get it together. You must believe in God.
"But I'm going to tell you something tonight. Believing in God is not enough because I also want to remind you that the Bible said the demons believe and tremble. The second area of belief is critical and this is an area where even Christian believers are often attacked," he continued. more >>
While an estimated 60 million people turned to the TV to watch the presidential debate Wednesday night, millions more joined the live water cooler conversation on Twitter. In the Christian community, the best known Christian leaders appeared to mostly stay away from tweeting their thoughts on the debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
However, some pastors and ministry leaders did take the opportunity to chime in. Here are just some of the comments made on Twitter during and shortly after the debate:
"I have always assumed Mormons to be non-violent, but Romney just kicked Obama's butt on national TV. Obama seemed uninterested." – Kurt Johnston, youth pastor more >>