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Christ on the Flat Screen: The Renovation of the Crystal Cathedral, Orange, California

Some time ago, as part of the media buzz surrounding the purchase of the Crystal Cathedral, the Catholic Diocese of Orange opened the floor to online suggestions as to what the new church should be named. I offered that it should beShow More Summary

Lacey Sturm Story

“I became addicted to sadness” ~ Lacey Sturm Sometimes you don’t have to be paying attention to a TV or computer screen to know something special is taking place. That’s how I felt while watching the live feed from the Franklin Graham Festival of Hope in Toronto, only to get interrupted by a phone call. […]

Wednesday Link List

Okay, so this was everywhere online this past week, but if you missed it here’s an explanation of the Biblical phrase Gird Your Loins. (click image to link) Here are the news and opinion pieces from the past week that stood out. The world of Christian publishing: A guide to who owns who, and who […]

Ray Comfort on Stephen Hawking: “The Bible Says He’s a Fool”

Physicist Stephen Hawking recently came out (explicitly) as an atheist, leading Ray Comfort, on his online show, to call him a fool.Let me repeat that: Creationist Ray Comfort thinks one of the most brilliant people to ever live is a "fool"... Show More Summary

Why we all should care about a Muslim prisoner's beard

Opinion by Emily Hardman, special to CNN (CNN) – I’m not a Muslim. I’ve never been imprisoned. And I don’t want to grow a beard. But I’m defending the rights of someone who is and does. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear Holt v. Hobbs, a landmark case cutting to the heart of the […]

Reflections on Christian Historians and Social Media

Jonathan Den Hartog From September 24th to 27th, 300 historians met on the idyllic campus of Pepperdine University for the biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. This year's program, organized by Jay Green, Eric Miller,...Show More Summary

Left Behind as Object of Mockery

Somewhere over the weekend, a series of eschatological fiction books became an object of ridicule online. In a way, the op-ed sentiment was always there: Stories based on a premise that took hold with the American Christian populace in the 1940s and ’50s, but a premise that serious Bible scholars never embraced. “Rapture? What rapture?” […]

Poetry + video = transformative works

I've been remiss in not mentioning this (though perhaps I can be forgiven for that, given the intensity of the High Holiday season), but The Poetry Storehouse is having its first anniversary and is celebrating that with a contest. The...

Answers in Genesis Writer Defends Chemotherapy Only to Face Criticism from Faithful Followers

I sometimes browse the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. Aside from providing comic relief to an otherwise boring day, it answers all of my most pressing questions:

Who Says Youth Groups Won’t Sing?

…and How Running The Internet Rabbit Trails Led Me to New Discoveries …and The Theology of Acapella Worship So it all started on Monday night when I was wrapping up the link list. A visit to The Christian Chronicle, a news page of the Churches of Christ revealed that they had started a new feature, […]

Call for Papers: 14th FSU Graduate Student Symposium

Hot off the presses is the CFP for the 14 th annual FSU Graduate Student Symposium. It might just be because I am directing it, but I think this year will be especially grand. So please, get the word out, and your abstracts in. CallShow More Summary

The News Roundup: “Exodus” and a New Pixar Trailer

Plus a long-lost Sherlock movie and more. Today, the long-anticipated remake of the apocalypse novel Left Behind opens in theaters to universally damning reviews, though most secular sources went no deeper than calling it amateurish....Show More Summary

The Kapparot Problem

This Friday, as Yom Kippur begins, some orthodox Jewish people will practice a ritual called "Kapparot" (also spelled "Kaparot" or "Kaparos") in which they'll swing a live chicken around their heads three times in order to transfer their sins to it. Show More Summary

Wednesday Link List

Photo: Drew Dyck A fresh crop of October links! Mind you, they’re all dated September. But they’re new to you. Campus prayer focus See You At The Pole turned 24 last week. MGM has acquired a 55 percent stake in the film and television production company owned by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the executive […]

T. D. Jakes Threatens To Sue Rappers for Sampling His Sermon

Megachurch pastor's unauthorized appearance in Jeezy’s 'Holy Ghost' remix is latest debate over intellectual property rights of pastors. A new remix from rappers Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar opens with another voice: the familiar preaching cadence of megachurch pastor T. Show More Summary

Christian Body-Builders Wife-Swap Their Way to Jesus

Thanks, New York Post. Also for the pictures. I think.A Bible-thumping couple in Florida is changing the way people think about their faith -- with a hookup website for devout Christian swingers!Cristy Parave and her husband, Dean, are...Show More Summary

Wednesday Link List

The links are on me!  Actually, the Religious Newswriters Association people were all at a convention last week, so mysteriously, there was no news. When the courts rule allowing distribution of religious pamphlets, remember that means all religions. Vicky Beeching was interviewed by the Unbelievable podcast host Justin Brierley as to whether a person can […]

The News Roundup

Another 'Mockingjay' trailer, 'Ben-Hur' casting news, and more. After months of teasers, Mockingjay: Part 1 finally has a full length trailer! The much-anticipated third installment of The Hunger Games series is set to be even darker and more suspenseful than its predecessors as the story hurtles towards its intense conclusion. Show More Summary

Sufi Holy Man Is Arrested For Killing Volunteer He Failed to Bring Back to Life During Promised ‘Miracle’

Pakistan's Express Tribune reports that in Mubarakabad, Punjab, a pir (Sufi master) named Muhammad Sabir was so convinced he could perform miracles, he asked for a volunteer he could murder. Not to worry, Sabir told his followers: after...Show More Summary

The Problem of Busyness

The issue of busyness is a very important issue, but it often does not receive the attention it deserves.  This issue seems to be a particularly late 20th and 21st century phenomenon. Certainly many people before us have experience frustrations...Show More Summary

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