Wycliffe: Oh No We Didn’t

Wycliffe Bible Translators denied allegations that it removed the terms “father” and “son” from Bible translations meant for Muslim countries and said any problematic texts are no longer being distributed. Russ Hersman, senior vice president of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, told The Christian Post that many of the works that critics like the organization Bible Missiology have pointed to as changing familial terms for God and Jesus have either done no such thing or have already been pulled from circulation. Read more here from the Christian...
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Driscoll: Interview was Disrespectful, Adversarial, and Subjective

Mark Driscoll is no stranger to controversy.  He’s also no stranger to media interviews. But one he did recently with the UK’s Christianity Magazine is, according to Driscoll, the most “disrespectful, adversarial, and subjective” he’s ever experienced. Driscoll says that the interview that was supposed to be about his new marriage book released this month… but the interview rarely mentioned the book, but instead the questions centered around “any controversial thing I’ve ever said in the past 15 years with a host of questions that were adversarial and...
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The Elephant in the Room

So… you’ve heard about the Elephant Room, right?  Last year, James MacDonald gathered a group of his friends together to talk about the big issues facing the church.  Topics included dicey things like cultural engagement; the landmines of compassion ministry; and what was in Perry Noble’s head when his church worship team started a service with the song “Highway to Hell”. The idea was to get some top leaders together in one room and have conversations about what the scriptures actually teach.  In fact, the purpose statement of The Elephant Room says that “to advance Christ’s call to...
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Driscoll’s Real Marriage

Mark Driscoll’s new book hits the shelves today.  It’s called “Real Marriage” and if you like Driscoll, you’ll like this book.  I got a preview copy a few weeks ago, and did enjoy reading it. I won’t do a long book review (I rarely do here), but here are a couple that you may find interesting: Tim Challies (really didn’t care for the book that much) Denny Burk also provides commentary here. The most interesting (and controversial) part of the book is the chapter on specific sexual practices.  Here’s how Mark introduces the chapter: If you are older,...
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Paula White Causes Protest

Some members of an Orlando area mega-church spent their Christmas protesting the possible appointment of a new pastor. Churchgoers at New Destiny Christian Center are concerned over the possibility of Paula White replacing the church’s late pastor, Zachary Tims. Last week, the group passed around petitions and asked board members to resign. They claim the church’s board has ulterior motives. The petitioners said Tims’ ex-wife, Riva Tims, should be the pastor. “The majority of the congregation does not want Paula White. We want our mother back, and our mother is pastor Riva...
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The Cult(ure) of Christmas

How do you feel about this song? I find the message to be off-putting. We are working to share the good news about Jesus with the whole world. Material like this only widens the gap between Christ and the world that he died to save. The mall does not define my relationship with Christ. Biblical liturgy is not associated with some advertising-advent. It is ironic that the mission of God could become hijacked by “Merry Christmas.” You are free to shop wherever you wish; it is a matter of conscience for you and your family. If you dont say merry Christmas in your window I want to meet...
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Cash for the Ladies

Churches could get cash for bringing in women candidates for senior pastor under a plan by a group of Missouri churches that has cut or loosened ties with the Southern Baptist Convention. The plan by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Missouri offers to pay costs for such things as travel and interviewing by a female candidate — even if they’re not really top candidates. The aim is to drum up interest in hiring women as pastor, reflecting concern that even though many churches in the Missouri and national CBF still have men in the top post, even though the fellowship was formed 20 years ago in...
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NIV2011

In the old translation of the world’s most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar.” Make that “brother or sister” in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can alter the theological message. The 2011 translation of the New International Version Bible, or NIV, does not change pronouns referring to God, who remains “He” and “the Father.” But it does aim to avoid using...
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Good Christian Bitches

An ABC pilot called “Good Christian Bitches” has religious and women’s groups up in arms over what they describe as an extremely offensive and distasteful show title, according to FoxNews.com The dramedy, based on Kim Gatlin’s novel of the same name, will be brought to life by famed “Sex and the City” and “90210” executive producer Darren Star. The plot centers on the life of reformed “mean girl” Amanda, played by “Talladega Nights” actress Leslie Bibb, who returns to her hometown of Dallas to find herself fodder for malicious...
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My Sex Life…

Probably the most provocative sermon graphic I have ever seen… Your thoughts? The graphic: The video: It keeps getting more graphic. It need not. Your thoughts? Todd HT:  Jesus Needs New...
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