Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Bible Bending item of the Day: Scripture Solitaire
"combines the words you reverence [sic] with the game you love."

Glasgow Daily Record (UK): "A Russian mum is suing the government after officials registered her newborn daughter with the number 666. Natalia Serepova, 33, from the south-western city of Stavropol, says the Biblical Number of the Beast is "satanic" and 'the seal of the antichrist'."

Huntsville Forester (Canada): Biblical parable proves to be good economics for local youth group.

eReleases, MD: How's God doing with all his promises? Author Don W. Olson is keeping track: to date, God has fulfilled 60 percent of his biblical prophesies. Keep track of the status of the 1,300 prophesies in Olson's new book God's Track Record of Fulfilled Prophecy. Click here to see preview of some of the fulfilled prophecy.

Anglican Journal
(Canada): Cooking with the Bible, Biblical Food, Feasts, and Lore: "The book looks at 18 of the many meals mentioned in the Judeo-Christian Bible, provides recipes and even menus for those inspired enough to throw a biblical feast based on Scriptural text."

PA: In response to reports that presidential candidate Mitt Romney's ancestor's were polygamists, an editorial asks: "If it were okay for biblical patriarchs whose words and deeds are so revered to have multiple wives, why are the being so harsh on poor Mitt just because he descended from men who did the same thing?"

Arkansas Traveler (subscription), AK: Debate between one student who wants to put the "fun back in fundamentalism" and an alumni who believes "fundamentalists are a great threat" discuss the Bible and free speech.

Haaretz, (Israel): Up-date on the Jerusalem biblical zoo: oryx have just been added.

2theAdvocate (LA): The Bible does not support abortion.

MSU State News (MI): Quoting the Bible does not make an argument infallible.

The Washington Times
(DC): "A woman who has covered her roof and property with painted slogans she calls messages from God has been ordered to remove them or face potential fines or jail time."

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

YouTube Bible Bender of the Day: The Parable of the Gorilla
A video made to promote Ruth Rimm's book series Lost Spiritual World is a "post modern" edition of the Bible that incorporates evolution into the biblical message.

WBIR-TV (TN): A religious leader in Florida has declared himself the Antichrist and tattooed himself with "666" to assume his new post. Members of his congregation followed his lead.

The Christian Post: Nine Strategies for the Biblical Wealth Management.

Indianapolis Star (IN): Rising young spelling bee star dropped out of the National Spelling Bee Competition after the event was moved to Sunday citing the biblical command to honor the Sabbath.

Cross Rhythms (UK): Paul Taylor critiques Richard Dawkins' book, The God Delusion; specifically disputing Dawkins rationale for discounting the Bible as evidence that God exists.

NYC Independent Media Center (NY): "Religious families watch out: apparently it's 'abusively pretentious' to name your kid after a Biblical figure like the Prophet Elijah."

Cherokee Sentinel (NC): Cross-training for Christ Day Camp

Sunday, February 25, 2007

YouTube Bible Bender of the Day: Arabs want Peace
In this commercial:
A Jewish boy reading the Torah looks up and asks his father, "Dad, it says here you shall not steal."
The father answers, "That's right my son."
The little boy responds, "Does that include Arab land?"

Time Magazine: Revealing a particular interest in sinking big ships, James Cameron has made a new documentary that claims that Jesus is dead, and buried in Jerusalem along with his mother, his wife, and two sons. Newsweek expands on the controversy, pointing out that "good sense, and the Bible" counter these claims.

Dallas Observer (TX): Sherman Allen, a Pentecostal minister has been accused of physically and sexually abusing members of his congregation who sought his spiritual guidance. Allen allegedly used Bible verses to justify the beatings and the passage "Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm" to intimidate his victims from pressing charges. Julie Lyons of the Dallas Observer, who calls herself Bible Girl, provides her thoughts on the pastor's manipulation of the Bible. Get Religion, a site that monitors how religion is portrayed in the media, reviews Lyons' article.

Nashua Telegraph (NH): A man from the Solomon Islands came to the U.S. and earned a degree in linguistics and theology so that he could translate the Bible into his native tongue.