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THOSE OLYMPIC CEREMONIES….I think I’ve finally figured out what it is that bugged me so much about the Olympic opening ceremonies in Beijing a couple of weeks ago. I know there are plenty of candidates for this honor, but here’s mine: it reminded me of the annual Easter Pageant at the Crystal Cathedral. That’s an odd thing to say since I’ve never actually seen the Easter Pageant even though I’ve lived within ten miles of the CC (and its predecessor) my entire life, but there you have it. I think the opening and closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics are what Rev. Schuller would stage if he had $300 million and 20,000 people to do it with.

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