It’s been awhile since I’ve attended a church function that didn’t involve someone’s wedding, funeral, or baptism.
It’s not that I’m not religious…OK maybe it is. Sure, I believe in a God, but after that, I’m not sure what I believe, other than I KNOW God DOESN’T want me to blow myself up in an effort to kill others who have different religious beliefs as me (and Him) on my way to being rewarded with 72 virgins. I AM about 100% sure in that belief.
But otherwise, instead of choosing sides, I choose to worship in my own uninvolved, distant way. And if God created me in His image, I hope He understands and is cool with that, because that kind of understanding is why I love Him so. For real [thumping chest/heart region twice with closed fist].
So yeah, church attendance doesn’t totally fit in with my way of worship.
Because a great man, a Prophet some might say, named John Van Sloten (pictured right) has figured out a way to link two of the most powerful forces affecting human behavior in the history of the world: 1) religion, and 2) poker.
Van Sloten apparently is nothing like the
John Van Sloten "gets it."
Quote Van Sloten, "Right now, everybody’s interested in poker…Ever since the hockey strike, it has proliferated to become a phenomenon that is sweeping across the world."
Continues Van Sloten, "In my view, poker has a lot to teach us about ourselves and even about God…I hope to talk about how God made us for gambling, how every human is made for the adrenalized-risk buzz of the game and how this is what a real and alive faith should feel like."