Great sermon intro

Posted on February 17, 2009

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Bill Gates, who apparently is a CEO-turned-philanthropist, recently gave a talk at the TED2009 conference in California entitled “How I’m trying to change the world now.”  What was more interesting than his talk was the visual illustration he used to drive home his point on malaria infections among third-world countries.  Gates actually released a jar of mosquitoes into the audience while discussing the seriousness of this disease and how it is spread.  Gates said, “Not only poor people should experience this.”  According to the CDC, about 1 million people die from malaria across the world and in particular on the continent of Africa.

I thought the most humorous quote was given by MSNBC’s coverage of the event:

The mosquito incident was confirmed by the media office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which also noted that the insects released were not carrying malaria.

Well isn’t that good to know – they weren’t carrying malaria!  How fortunate.  We are gearing up for a new preaching series on the Ten Commandments (“The Perfect 10”), and I was thinking this might make a great sermon intro on the Exodus and the plagues.  We’ll see if pastor will go for that.

You can watch the video here.

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