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Archive for January, 2008

-New Baptist Covenant?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Nearly 20,000 Baptists are involved in a three day gathering this week, called the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant, in Atlanta. The convention is said to have representatives from more than 30 different organizations representing 20 million Baptists. The stated goal is to bring unity among Baptists around a common understanding of the gospel […]

-Movie Review: The Bucket List (PG-13)

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Warner Bros. Pictures, December 2007, Directed by: Rob Reiner, 98 minutes, Cast: Jack Nicholson (Edward Cole), Morgan Freeman (Carter Chambers), Sean Hayes (Thomas), Beverly Todd (Virginia Chambers), Rob Morrow (Dr. Hollins), Rowena King (Angelica).   A car mechanic (Morgan Freeman) and a Billionaire (Jack Nicholson) end up in the same hospital room together both suffering […]

-Revisited: The Supposed ‘Jesus Tomb’?

Monday, January 28th, 2008

A panel of scholars and researchers met in Jerusalem last week to view the evidence and to present there own research on the ‘Jesus Tomb’ claims made in a documentary by James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici last year. Most rejected the claims as being rather doubtful.               *Top

-Book Review: "The Kite Runner"

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

By Khalid Hosseini (New York: Riverhead Books -Penguin Group, 2003, 271 pages) The story starts with a phone call taken by a young man with an old family friend on the other end telling him that he needs to come back to the Middle East and care of some family business. Then the story line […]

-Christians can be Offended Too? – The Dana Jacobson Debacle

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

ESPN recently suspended Dana Jacobson for dropping ‘F-bombs’ on Notre Dame U., ‘Touchdown Jesus’, and finally Jesus himself at a ‘roast’ in Atlantic City N.J. Ms. Jacobson apologized for her inebriated over the top remarks: “My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by […]

-New Age Religions: More Harm than Good?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Research into the effects of ‘New Age’ religions found that the non-traditional beliefs were linked with higher rates of anxiety, depression, and anti-social behavior. Researchers believe that the real problem probably lays with the approach. The ‘New Age’ religious emphasis is on the individual rather than being part of a community of believers. As Dr. […]

-35 Years of Roe: The Lowest US Abortion Rates Since 1974

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Today is the 35 year anniversary of the Roe Vs. Wade US Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates and allowed abortion in this country.   Response: This is not a date to be celebrated for those of us who are Pro-Life. However, we can celebrate that the abortion rates in this country have declined […]

-Malaysia: Christian Bible Story Books Confiscated

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

The Malaysian government confiscated Bible story books meant for Christian children because they contained illustrations and ‘images’ of prophets. Such images are forbidden in Islam. Internal Security Ministry officials said that they confiscated the books because the illustrations offended Muslims. However, Christian officials pointed out that they were never intended for Muslims in the first […]

-Islam: Divorce by Text Message?

Friday, January 18th, 2008

There is a case before Egyptian courts to determine if a man may divorce his wife using a text message via his cell phone: “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you” This is normally all it takes to get the job done according to Islamic law. However, usually it is declared in person […]

-Christian Leaders: Candidates Should Not Talk Religion

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

More than 2 dozen Christian leaders have issued a statement to all of the candidates for President (USA) urging them to eliminate divisive religious rhetoric from their campaigns. The document contained 3 principals:   "Keeping Faith: Principles to Protect Religion on the Campaign Trail" 1. Avoid using religious or doctrinal differences to marginalize or disparage […]