Thursday, February 22, 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer: Boy not allowed to dress like Jesus; mother sues.

Sidelines Online
(subscription) (TN): Jeff Patton, a Christian "sexpert" speaks of the joys of sex the biblical-way: "I think hot, passionate biblical sex the way scripture describes it is certainly the best sex. I think college students are being sold short and are making choices that will ultimately destroy their lives. I love to speak on it in biblical terms because no one else is willing to. [...] I am proposing that the best, hottest sex in the world is with one man and one woman in a lifelong relationship. It's free of guilt, shame, baggage, worry, consequences and you learn each other. I've been married 21 years next June, and I'm telling you that getting to learn a woman that intimately is absolutely mind-boggling."

Jerusalem Post
(Israel): Neot Kedumim, a living exhibit of biblical inspiration

Oxford Press (OH): Ohio's schools should teach students what Jesus had to say about the rich; it will "blow the kids minds."

Coldwater Daily Reporter (subscription) (MI): Only 9 percent of professed Christians have a biblical worldview, according to a study by James Dobson's Focus on Family who has conveniently created a program to address the situation.

Reformatorisch Dagblad (Netherlands): The end of the English reformation? not if the conversation is limited to homosexuality.

Times Journal
(AL): "Not since the days of Samson in the Old Testament has a haircut pulled someone to rock bottom as fast as Britney Spears fell last weekend."

The Guardian
(UK): From Rameses to President Hosni Mubarak Egypt is full of Pharaohs.

Boston Globe (MA): America needs to introduce a course on the Bible and a course on world religions to high schoolers to combat religious ignorance.

Times Online (UK): Protesters in Peckham shouted “put down your guns and pick up the Bible," but that is not the action that is going to turn gun crime around.

The News Journal (DE) :Missing Bibles from patient rooms at local hospital causes community furor. Officials say that they are in the process of re-stocking, skeptics say that they are catering to non-Christians.

IPP Media - Guardian
(United Republic of Tanzania): Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, clarifies what the current tension between Anglicans and Episcopalians is about: "[Anglicans] are reading the Bible, studying the Bible and making out of the Bible as best as we can. As priest of the Anglican Church, I am obliged to study the Bible four times a day. And the issue in the Anglican Church at the moment has nothing to do at all with the place of the Bible. It is due to the fact that some people in the church, a minority, especially in the United States, have chosen to read the Bible in a new, very controversial way. Now that is not the way most of the church reads the Bible. The Bible is still important to most of us."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Bible Bending YouTube video: commercial that aired in Wisconsin to encourage voters to vote for a resolution that would ban gay marriage. Features confused cute kids.

Miami Herald (FL): An article about a teen shot in Miami opened with this lede:
"This time, God did not save Meshach.
In the Bible, an angel rescues a true-believing youth named Meshach after he is hurled into a furnace.
In Liberty City last weekend, another Meshach -- Meshach Boges, 15 -- met his fate outside a yellow-orange market.
Somebody shot him dead."

: The Supreme Court refused hear an appeal from a New York pastor who was ordered to remove billboards that quoted Leviticus: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind. Its an abomination.

OpEdNews (PA): "The deity of the of the Bible is just, merciful, loving, truthful- everything that Bush and Cheney are not. The Bible backs up We the People, if we use it properly."

Enterprise-Record (CA): Paradise School District rejected proposed course on the Bible for the third time.

Esquire: "Dear Bible-Thumping, Fundamentalist Hypocrite: The Religious Right is ruining Jesus."

San Francisco Chronicle
(CA): The actors, directors, and producers struggle to pronounce "Babel" is part of the biblical satire.

Press-Enterprise (CA): The Hall of Origins exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, will feature Darwin's theory of evolution to contend with the opening of the Creation Museum near Cincinnati this spring.

Spong (UK): Profits low for Left Behind: Eternal Forces computer game., On Faith (DC): The critics of Israel should take cue from the biblical prophets who criticized Israel with love.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Bible Bending item of the day: The Brick Testament

Remote Access (NY): Scholars and Christians should pay more attention to the African history embedded in the Bible.

Conservative Voice
(NC): Canada has "gone the way of the pagan." England is not far behind. Americans must guard their biblical values or "the grassroots will be taken by the apostates, atheists and agnostics."

Greenville Daily Reflector (NC): Mark Jones, a criminal justice professor examines the offenses of biblical figures in his newest book, Criminals of the Bible: Twenty-five Case Studies of Biblical Outlaws.

Port Folio Weekly (VA): Review of And Sara Laughed, a musical comedy about God's unusual sense of humor.

Independent Catholic News (UK): Pope announces biblical message for Lent 2007: "They shall look on Him whom they have pierced."

Fergus Falls Daily Journal
(MN): Bible cannot be the science book for mankind.

WMC-TV (TN): A Fort Smith School Board rejected proposal to introduce a high school course on the historical and literary Bible.

(Hungary): Indian militants beat five Bible college students.

Fort Wayne News Sentinel
(IN): Where have all the miracles gone? Since God uses miracles to convert the non-believers, there is no need for excessive miracles since this is still a Judeo-Christian nation.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Bible bending math: "We're all going to Hell"

From "Indexed" a blog by Jessica Hagy
Bible Bending item of the Day: Left Behind: Eternal Forces
(for Windows XP)
Didn't get the chance to battle heretics that you asked for last Christmas? Now you can practice your end-of-the-world slaying with the click of the mouse! Join the Tribulation Forces so you can convert "neutrals," and fight the deceitful PeaceKeepers and Evil Spirits.

The level of violence in the game has brought criticism from some Christian groups. Avery Garner of the Christian Alliance for Progress told USA Today that something "can't be both biblical and brutal."

Bible Bending YouTube video: The Goon Bible Project-The Book of Job
A modern re-mix of this classic story of senseless suffering and supernatural gambling.

Ireland on-line (Ireland): Romanian priest jailed after nun's death in exorcism.

Common Voice
(SC): Does the Bible consider the Atkins Diet a sin?

Sunday Telegraph
(Australia): Cardinal George Pell urges calm over global warming hysteria. "Christians don't go against reason," says Pell, "although we sometimes go beyond it in faith to embrace the possibilities." Pell cites statistics on temperature and carbon emissions and reminds us that this has happened before and Noah made it out fine.

x-Gay Watch (CT): Can one be a Transgender Christian? A summary of the Christian reaction to the suit filed by Julie Marie Nemeck, formerly John Nemeck, who was fired from her university post after she began to identify as a woman. The president of Spring Arbor University contends that Julie's transformation is "not keeping with biblical principles."

The Daily Record
(UK): "Junkie Pete Doherty quoted from the Bible as he used his crucifix to mix crack cocaine at Scotland's top rock venue." What quote did Doherty choose? "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church."

St. Louis Post Dispatch (MO): More on the allegations that the weekly Bible Studies held at a county court office is unconstitutional. One of the members of the studied defended the group saying that the meetings were "a constant course of comfort, strength and inspiration."

Independent Catholic News (UK): New Bible-based project to counter bullying. "The Bible has many stories of people who coped with incredible problems," says Doug Swanney speaking on behalf of the project's organizers, "but it takes skills to use that knowledge in ways children understand and appreciate."

KOTV (OK): In Bible Belt, presidential candidate John McCain to speak about abstinence.

Christian Today
(UK): U2charist: the practice of swapping traditional hymns with U2 hits like "Beautiful Day" and "Mysterious Ways."

(OR): U.S. congressman Tom Tancredo (CO) explains why he thinks that the nation's diminishing Judeo-Christian values will mean the end of America in his new book, In Mortal Danger.

Atlantic Free Press (Netherlands): An examination of why 88 percent of children from evangelical homes leave church after they graduate from high school.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bible bending item of the day: DVD that explains the evidence for heaven.

Christian Post: A Seattle church, Mars Hill, takes the Bible literally; women cannot be pastors and are encouraged to submit to their husbands. Luckily for the twenty-something punk crowd that frequent services, there are no prohibitions on tattoos, alcohol, and punk rock. "If the Bible doesn't forbid something," says pastor Mark Driscoll, "we believe there's a lot of freedom in cultural issues."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO): Bible bending boss may have to be tolerated.

Jamaica Gleaner (Jamaica): Debate over whether the Bible allows gospel singers to accept monetary compensation for their work.

Free Lance-Star (VA): Evangelical leaders are beginning to emphasize the message of stewardship of the earth.

Indianapolis Star (IN): Epicenter, a new non-fiction novel by Joel C. Rosenberg, consists of a series of interviews with political, economic, and business leaders who explain how biblical prophesy is unfolding in the Middle East.

Kansas City Star (Church leaders reflect on the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Augusta Chronicle (GA): Profile of a numismatist with a passion for biblical coins. (subscription)

More Obituaries for Bruce Metzger, biblical scholar and translator who brought clarity and inclusive language to his translations.
For example, Metzger translated "Man should not live by bread alone" to "One should not live by bread alone" and "I will accept no bull from your house" to "I will not accept a bull from your house."
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