Stars and Stripes (DC): Christian volunteers and archaeologists search for the ruins of Sodom. "If we can show that truly God did these things, if we can show that destruction layer," declared one volunteer, "then we can show that this is a pretty significant story here and the rest of the Bible should be absolutely correct and accurate."
Financial Mail (SOUTH AFRICA): Pulp Fiction, Syriana, and Babel are three popular films bound thematically to biblical legend--an image of a world in pain.
Ha'aretz (ISRAEL): The Incense Route, mentioned in the Bible as the route that took the Queen of the South to King Solomon as well as in the Quran, is now listed on UNESCO's world heritage sites. Tourism is expected to increase. Of more than 200 tels in Israel, Megiddo, Hatzor and Beersheba are representative of ones that contain substantial remains of cities with biblical connections, UNESCO said.
Cross Rhythms (UK): Dave Hathaway, founder and president of Eurovision Mission to Europe, comments on the impending end of times. With continued threats of the destruction of Israel from its neighbors and four beasts unleashed in the Euphrates (Baghdad), global warming, and British lawmakers proposing a plastic chip implanted into children's hands (the mark of the beast?), Hathaway says: "I am convinced that this year 2007 is the time when many Bible prophecies will be fulfilled! Watch and pray!"
Baptist Press (TN): A former professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has filed a federal lawsuit against the seminary and its president, Paige Patterson, alleging she was dismissed from her tenure-track position because she is a woman. Van McClain, chairman of Southwestern’s board of trustees, was quoted in a Jan. 19 Dallas Morning News article that the seminary has returned to its “traditional, confessional and biblical position” that a woman should not instruct men in theology courses or in biblical languages.
The Citizen (GE): A call for the newspaper to drop the conservative Ann Coulter as a columnist not only for her controversial statement regarding presidential candidate John Edwards, but for saying things like, "Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that's the Biblical view.”