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TED Talks have been viewed more than a billion times! This popular site features focused and relatively short, high-impact talks on topics as diverse as politics, parenting and prayer. Today's psalm reading for the First Sunday of Advent sounds a lot like a TED Talk. We call it, instead, a God Talk.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Anxiety Machine," November 29, 2009, at HomileticsOnline.com.
TED. The name comes from a conference in 1984 that focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design. But it grew to include almost any topic, from science to business to global issues. Today, TED is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, high-impact talks.
Maybe you've seen a TED Talk on your computer. They are sermon-length (18 minutes or less) videos, and cover almost any topic you can imagine:
- The joy of surfing in ice-cold water,
- Magical houses made of bamboo,
- Programming bacteria to detect cancer,