Saturday, January 13, 2007

  • Bible Bender of the day: Achieving financial-freedom the Biblical way: a course in Lafayette, LA offers financial guidance based on passages from the Bible.
  • "Scripture is a treasure chest of clues," says Bob Cornuke, the Evangelical Indian Jones. His Bible-bending talents have helped him to "discover" many Biblical landmarks and inspired Tim LaHaye (co-author of The Left Behind Series) to launch a new series of books based on his adventures. Meanwhile, the Baptism Site Commission in Jordan produced a new pilgrim's map based on "stunning archaeological discoveries."
  • The question of longevity: a pastor and a professor use their Bible-bending skills to explain how Adam might have made it to his ninth centennial birthday party.
  • Biblically-based advocacy group, Sabbath year, joins forces with secular groups to lobby Congress to pass a bill that would offer loan forgiveness to third-world countries after a period of seven years.
  • In an odd choice of words, a Florida newspaper refers to the faith-driven boxer, Juan Orango, as the "Bible-basher."
  • Teachers in Federal Way, WA who want to show Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, now must receive approval from the principle and superintendent and present the "opposing view" because the film does not include the Biblical perspective. A Canadian pastor shares what the "opposing view" may sound like.
  • For GI's, discussing the Bible in their native language brings comfort.
  • Agnostic Anglican Bishop, Richard Randerson, shares his unconventional views on God, Jesus, and the Bible with his New Zealand congregation.
  • Peter Craven from The Australian discusses the trouble with translation.

Friday, January 12, 2007

  • Bible Bender of the day: In an opinion column, a man in Nigeria argues that the Bible's message on divorce applies to political allies as well as spouses.
  • Georgia approves of state-funded Bible course. Howell, MI, on the other hand, will likely reject a proposal to add the Bible to their curriculum.
  • Live performance of a contemporary interpretation of Song of Songs will air on CBC (Canada) tonight.
  • A staff writer for News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) uses Philippians 3:12-14 as inspiration to move-on in the new year.
  • The Mafia does its share of Bible bending: The Italian police seek the Vatican's expertise to decipher an encoded message from Ecclesiastes.
  • The Bible's ambiguous message on blood transfusions may save the lives of the sextuplets born to a Jehovah's Witnesses couple in Vancouver.
  • An op-ed article argues that President George W. Bush's reliance on the Bible is a sign of his past struggle with alcoholism.
  • Mark 3:29 makes big news: The Blasphemy Challenge encourages non-believers to dare God to send them to hell by denying the holy spirit on camera, the Blasphemy Challenge NOT! urges these participants to repent, and one pastor argues that these heretics are still in the clear based on his interpretation of Mark 3:29.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

  • Georgia's State Board of Education considers courses on the Bible
  • has the Bible weigh in on an article on polygamy
  • Howell Board of Education (Howell, MI) ruled against teaching the Bible as literature. Residents comment.
  • Texas School Board quibbles over which version of the Bible it will use.
  • Los Angeles Times reports on Biblically-based recipes.
  • Israel considers a plan to open each school day with a reading from the Torah. Former Education Minister, Yair Tsaban comments: "I hope the council won't adopt it. The Bible is the cultural text of the State of Israel and I don't think morning assemblies will cause people to love it."
  • A Florida resident writes into his local newspaper to happily report that he discovered the Bible "isn't socialist." Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez disagrees.
  • Bible vs. Bible: A commenter in the Guardian argues that Bible-based homophobia can be combated with different Bible-based rationale. Another UK Journal (Indymedia) seems to agree.
  • Parents in Federal Way, WA protest against screening Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth in the classroom because the film does not appear to consult the Bible.