A review panel for the Texas State Board of Education has approved a biology textbook that had been criticized by Creationists for alleged factual errors.
The approval of the Pearson biology textbook was delayed earlier this year over allegations of factual inaccuracy, and has been added to the approved list.
Jay Parini, author of Jesus: The Human Face of God, a book released earlier this month that's part of the biographies known as the ICONS series, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts that his editor thought he was crazy for wanting to write about the life of Jesus.
"He (my editor) said, 'The series is called ICONS. Pick an icon.' I said, Jesus. I'll do Jesus. And he thought I was crazy," explained Parini, professor of English at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Parini said his objective wasn't to persuade readers that Jesus is part of the Trinity and more than a mortal man, but to show what it was like, on the ground, to be Jesus. more >>
On October 24th, I began to write a new book entitled Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire. By God's grace, three weeks (and more than 400 pages) later, with contributions from Craig Keener and Sam Storms and others, the book was completed and is now available as an e-book.
In the next few articles, I'll share some of the key contents of the book with the hope that this will help deepen our hunger for God's truth and God's Spirit. Here, I'll focus on Chapter Three of Authentic Fire, entitled "A Great Big Blind Spot," where I examine Pastor MacArthur's claims that:
1) "The Charismatic Movement as such has made no contribution to biblical clarity, no contribution to interpretation, no contribution to sound doctrine." 2) "People who have any connection to Judaism and Christianity have a connection to philanthropy. It is a striking anomaly, however, that there is essentially zero social benefit to the world from the Charismatic Movement. Where's the charismatic hospital? Social services? Poverty relief? This is a scam." 3) ". . . the movement itself has brought nothing that enriches true worship." 4) "I'll start believing the truth prevails in the Charismatic Movement when its leaders start looking more like Jesus Christ." more >>
Jesus led an unhurried life, says author and pastor Alan Fadling, who makes the case in his book, An Unhurried Life - Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest, by pointing to Scripture, other Christian leaders with the same belief, and his own experiences. In an effort to encourage others to combat the all too frequent surge in stress during the Christmas season, the Southern California certified spiritual director has a Top 10 list of ways to have an unhurried Christmas season.
"After waiting thirty years to begin his ministry, his first ministry act was to follow the Spirit into forty days in the wilderness," writes Fadling in the opening chapter of his book. "His own brothers urged him to do some publicity if he wanted to be a public figure, but Jesus didn't bite (John 7:4-6). He seemed frustratingly unhurried on his way to heal the synagogue official's daughter (Mark 5:22-43) and to visit his sick friend Lazarus, who died during Jesus' two-day delay (John 11:1-43). His sense of timing often puzzled those around him."
In introducing his "Top 10 Ways to Have an Unhurried Christmas Season" to The Christian Post, he states, "These suggestions are not meant as more items for your already too long holiday to do list. These are ways to approach these upcoming weeks from a different spirit – with a more unhurried, relaxed, and peaceful heart." more >>
A wider circle of accusations surrounding author and Seattle-based megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll that originally included plagiarism allegations by a radio talk show host, now includes claims from others tracking the saga about how ghostwriters or researchers were used and not given proper attribution. At the same time, the Mars Hill Church pastor's silence on the matter has raised intrigue and the question: How powerful is the "evangelical celebrity machine?"
"What started in late November with Janet Mefferd's accusations of plagiarism against Mark Driscoll has morphed into broader concerns over authorship and use of research materials," writes Warren Throckmorton on the Patheos blog. "This finding raises interesting questions about ghostwriting and the use of research in writing for publication. I am not aware of how wide spread this practice is but perhaps this story allows us a view behind a door not often opened."
Throckmorton, who has been reporting daily on developments in the Driscoll alleged-plagiarism story that began three weeks ago, says that it appears that Docent Research Group consultant Justin Holcomb "quoted the material from the New Bible Commentary and then Driscoll changed a few words and included it under his authorship. There are multiple instances of this practice throughout the memo." more >>
Pop star and "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato, 21, revealed on Monday that she was once so addicted to cocaine she used to "smuggle" the drug on airplanes to ensure she always had it when she needed it.
"I couldn't go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes," she revealed in an interview with Access Hollywood on Monday.
"I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I'd sneak to the bathroom and I'd do it. That's how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me], I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me [and] I was able to hide it from them as well," said the star. more >>