Friday, January 25, 2008


A Muslim Imam began a session of the Iowa legislature this past week with prayer. The pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Albert City complains that his prayer included a request for “Victory over those who disbelieve". Steve Smith says that is asking God to grant the Muslims victory over every non-muslim. The invocation also asked for "protection from the great Satan" - which Smith says could be taken as a reference to the US. Representative Gary Worthan of Storm Lake has filed a formal complaint over the prayer.


An ESPN anchor has been suspended for a week after she delivered a speech that included obscenities aimed at Notre Dame, the icon painted behind the school's football goal posts dubbed Touchdown Jesus - and Jesus himself. Dana Jacobson was booed off the stage in Atlantic City during a roast of two radio personalities who host Mike & Mike in the Morning. One of them attended the University of Notre Dame and she went to the University of Michigan. Jacobson, who co-hosts the show ESPN First Take has apologized and called her comments "foolish and insensitive".


A convocation of Baptist denominations and organizations will meet next week in Atlanta – prompted in part by former President Jimmy Carter. The Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant may draw as many as 10,000 people for the three day gathering designed to give moderates in the denomination a greater national voice. Among the speakers: Former Vice President Al Gore, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and writer John Grisham. Mike Huckabee accepted an invitation but withdrew after Carter called the Bush administration the "worst in history" in international relations. Two moderate Sothern Baptist organizations are taking part: The Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Former TV evangelist Vicki Peterson has died at the age of 71. She broadcast Vicki Live from Tulsa in the 70’s and 80’s. In her later years, her husband was put in jail for violating a court order to stay away from her. The order stemmed from concerns he was a threat to her safety.


Roby Duke died of a heart attack the day after Christmas. At his last concert on December 23rd in Thousand Oaks, California, the last song he sang was I Shall See God. He had planned to record a Christmas album this year with Bob Bennett. Duke was 51 years old. He was best known in Contemporary Christian music for tunes he recorded in the 80’s such as Not the Same and Come Let Us Reason.


Zondervan will publish a special 30th anniversary edition of the New International Version of the Bible this year. The special study Bible will have thousands of revised footnotes, offer extra-wide margins for note-taking and go for about $120. The various editions of the NIV make up about 40% of the Bible market.