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The Thirtieth Olympiad opens in five days. Of the 6.3 billion people in the world, there are probably only four people who are not aware of this fact. Images of athletes will be filling our television screens for the next three weeks, and the news reports out of London have been and will continue to dominate broadcasts and online blogs. So how can the preacher NOT talk about something everyone else is talking about?
For material based on today's gospel reading, see "UpTime," July 20, 1997, at HomileticsOnline.com.
The Games of the XXX Olympiad. Sounds like a sleazy Internet porn site. Instead it refers to the Olympics, that once-every-four-years event that brings together athletes from around the world. The 30th Olympiad, i.e. the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, will be held in London, starting with the opening ceremonies on July 27. They will be the 30th set of summer games held since the modern Olympics began in 1896. London now holds the distinction of being the...