Friday, August 10, 2012

The 'Noah' floodgates openeth

USA Today takes a look at a new movie about Noah here.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Christian Publisher Pulls Book

Thomas Nelson is dropping a bestselling book over questions about its contents. The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson was written by Texan David Barton. Many historians have taken issue with it, especially calling Jefferson a "conventional Christian." WallBuilders, Barton's own organization, will continue to make it the book available.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Prof Makes Accusations against Theology School

A professor says his theology school is inflating grades. Jamal-Dominique Hopkins is accusing the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta of changing 10 grades of his 54 students last semester. It's just one of the complaints he made in an EEOC filing last month, after he was fired. Hopkins says the issues stem from his faith as an Evangelical. His dismissal followed a prayer meeting where he shared a book that opposes a gay lifestyle. The Interdenominational Theological Center is an organization representing eight seminaries in the Atlanta area. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools gave the Center a warning last year for not meeting some of its academic standards.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Social Media Use

Only 6% of Americans say they're part of a spiritual group on Facebook - and only 5% say they follow a spiritual leader on Twitter. That's according to a survey released last week by the Public Religion Research Institute. Nevertheless, several Evangelical leaders are using social media extensively. Here's the number of Twitter follows of three of them:

1. Joel Osteen - 834,419 followers
2. Rick Warren - 684,144 followers
3. Mark Driscoll - 262,935 followers

Half of the respondents said they don’t post their religious affiliations on Facebook.

Church Apologizes

A Mississippi church is apologizing for refusing to allow a Black couple to marry in its sanctuary. The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs released a statement that said in part:
“We, the church, realize that the Hendersons and Wilsons should never have been asked to relocate their wedding. This wrong decision resulted in hurt and sadness for everyone. Both the pastor and those involved in the wedding location being changed have expressed their regrets and sorrow for their actions. As a church, we express our apology to Te’Andrea and Charles Wilson for the hurt that was brought to them in the hours preceding their wedding and beyond. We are seeking forgiveness and reconciliation with our Lord Jesus Christ, Te’Andrea and Charles, family and friends of the Hendersons and Wilsons, our church family, and our community for the actions and attitudes that have recently occurred,
Te’Andrea and Charles Wilson were asked at the last minute to move their ceremony last month. The pastor performed the ceremony at a nearby church. They said they haven't directly heard from the church.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sent to jail for holding Bible studies at home

Fox News has a video report on the Arizona man put in jail for holding a Bible study.