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Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad Theology

The scholarly consensus is actually that Jesus was, like most first-century Jews, probably a dark-skinned man. If he were taking the red-eye flight from San Francisco to New York today, Jesus might be profiled for additional security screening by TSA.

How to Get People to Read the Bible Without Making Them Feel Dumb

Stress the simplicity of the Bible, and the people you are hoping will read the Bible next year may begin to wonder if they’re just too dumb to understand it. I wonder if, in our efforts to get people reading Scripture, we might be minimizing the tough parts, and unintentionally undercutting our people’s sense of joy when they grow in biblical knowledge.

A fair analysis of the new NIV

It has been seen that the NIV 2011 has many improvements and many regressions over the NIV 1984. While the improvements make the NIV 2011 a valid comparison Bible, the imposed egalitarianism and extreme gender-neutral translations makes this an unhelpful and perhaps misleading reading/study Bible.

The Seemingly Never-Ending Game of Tug Of War

Mine may sound kind of cliché, but it really does fit. I drew a game of tug of war. Two people pulling a rope, trying to pull hard enough to cause the other to fall in the patch of mud that’s in the middle.
I consider myself the little flag that usually hangs in the middle of the rope. I’m being pulled in either direction, whichever one happens to be stronger at the moment. I think you can guess who is on either side, right? Well, yes, it’s God on one side and Satan on the other. And of course, God is usually the one winning. But the question is: why hasn’t God won already?

Seven Messages In The Meals

When we hand you a dish with homemade lasagna and a salad kit, or spaghetti casserole, or a turkey hot dish, we’re not merely saying “be warm and well fed”. Here are a few ideas we want you to understand and consider while you’re sitting down to eat it.

If a Drone Strike Hit an American Wedding, We’d Ground Our Fleet

More than a dozen dead, many more injured, and an unknown number of survivors whose lives have suddenly taken a nightmarish turn the likes of which we cannot imagine, and all for the sake of five people suspected of ties to al-Qaeda. How many actual al-Qaeda terrorists would we have to kill with drones in Yemen to make the benefits of our drone war there outweigh the costs of this single catastrophic strike?

Lack of preciousss vitamin made Gollum a loser

So suggests an offbeat study, released on Sunday, which concludes that the evil characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” lost their battle against men, elves and dwarves because they suffered from vitamin deficiency.
Shunning sunlight, surviving on a sketchy or unbalanced diet based on rotten meat or (in Gollum’s case) the occasional blind fish, they lacked vitamin D, a key component for healthy bones and muscle strength.

No LOL matter: tourist falls into bay while on Facebook

A young female tourist was so engrossed in Facebook on her mobile phone that she walked off St Kilda pier and almost drowned, police say.

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