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Innovating to Zero Sin Romans 8:6-11

Innovating to Zero Sin

There is no acceptable level of environmentally harmful waste. And there is no acceptable level of disobedience to God.

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Bill Gates took the stage at a TED Talk and said that there is no tolerable level of environmentally harmful waste and emissions, and that the human community must "innovate to zero." There's a theological analogy here. Usually, believers think that sin is something that, while not acceptable, is nevertheless inevitable. Perhaps we need to innovate to zero sin.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "New World Syndrome," March 17, 2002, at

In 2010, Bill Gates stood on the TED stage to give one of those famous talks. He spoke not as the co-founder of Microsoft, but as a philanthropist and an innovator. He wanted to motivate some of the best and brightest minds in the world to a particular task. He called the talk, "Innovating to Zero."

There are times when zero is a bad number. No one wants to get a zero on a test or performance review. We don't want to see a zero balance in our savings account or...

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