Calgary Preacher Praises Poker - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

CALGARY – As reported by the Calgary Sun: "Thou shalt play Texas Hold 'Em, says a city preacher known for his ability to connect God and pop culture.

"Pastor John Van Sloten intends to preach to his congregation about the positives of poker during his sermon tomorrow at the New Hope Christian Reformed Church.

"…So, said Van Sloten, officials of the church that meets Sundays at the West Hillhurst Community Centre on 19 St. and 6 Ave. N.W., believe there is good in the card game for God's faithful.

"And he'll make that the theme of his sermon for 300-some gatherers plus hundreds more via its Internet feed during tomorrow's service beginning at 10:10 a.m…"

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