Jesus Christ at McDonald's.
This edition of Religion Roundup features a few surprises.
RedHawk to speak - R.A. Dickey will make his pitch, so to speak, at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship service of Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 7301 S Walker.
The Oklahoma RedHawks pitcher will give his Christian testimony and talk about his work with young people in the United States and other countries.
Dickey is active with Honoring the Father Ministries. For more information, go to the Web site at www.honoringthefather.org.
Gospel according to who? - Don't have a cow, man, but a new book explores the spiritual underpinnings of "The Simpsons."
Yes, those Simpsons.
Mark I. Pinsky, a religion reporter for the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, has written a book titled "The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family."
Promotional materials describe the $12.95 paperback as a look "at the use of God, Jesus, heaven and hell, the Bible, prayer in the Simpson household, the next-door evangelist Ned Flanders, and the town's church and pastor, Rev. Lovejoy."
Pinsky concludes that, on the whole, the show is supportive and not subversive of faith.
The Simpsons, by the way, made the cover of Christian Century in January ("TV's most religious family?") and the cover of Christianity Today in February ("Saint Flanders: The Simpsons' Ned Flanders is the most visible evangelical to many Americans - and that's just okily-dokily.")
Mr. Rogers leaves neighborhood - The neighborhood of make-believe lost its most famous resident Friday when Mr. Rogers tossed his loafers aside and hung up his sweater for the last time, as reported by Religion News Service.
The last original episode of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" aired Friday. Rogers taped his last show in December, but he is far from retiring.
"This is not in any way a retirement where he's out taking an extended fishing trip," the Rev. William P. Barker, a longtime Rogers friend and fellow puppeteer, told Presbyterian News Service. "He's developing other ways of continuing the ministry of Family Communications Inc. Good things are in store for the future."
Every weekday since 1968, children have joined Mr. Rogers and his menagerie of friends for 30 minutes of values lessons and make-believe. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Rogers has spent his career in television but remains a faithful member of Sixth Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.
What would Jesus do? - Here's a question for you: If Jesus Christ found Himself at McDonald's, would he choose a Big Mac and super-sized french fries, or would He go for a garden salad?
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