Harry Potter, evangelistic tool
Christianity Today got a lot of angry letters—make that is still getting a lot of angry letters—for calling the Harry Potter series "a Book of Virtues with a preadolescent funny bone" and for subsequent articles on the books. Now Christian author Connie Neal is about to feel the pain. "I thought I was reading the book to explain to my kids why they shouldn't read it," she tells Religion News Service. "Once I had made [the] distinction for my kids about the fantasy world versus our real world, I realized these books were so rich and really had lessons that directly connected to the Bible." Her new book, What's a Christian to Do With Harry Potter? describes how she finds the series to be "one of her greatest evangelization tools." For Christianity, that is, just in case you were wondering.

Bus crash sends 35 Young Life campers to hospital A bus rolled off a Colorado highway Friday, injuring nearly all of its passengers: 45 teens and leaders from a Minnesota chapter of Young Life, a Christian youth outreach program. At last report, two of the teens were still in serious condition at Denver-area hospitals. The driver of the bus has been charged with 45 counts of careless driving causing injury and other charges, but friends, family, and his employer say that's ridiculous. "It was an accident, and he was really a hero, but you're not hearing or reading anything about that," the driver's son says. "He did a lot to help. He pulled kids out of the bus, rescued them." Likewise, the bus company says that police treatment of the driver "is not right," but they're also defending themselves against charges that the rear brakes were out of adjustment and that the bus was two months overdue for inspection. ...

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