The saga of Highland Park Presbyterian Church and gaydom reached another milestone last week when the church agreed to pay its too-gay national church body $7.8 million in order to break away and join a new no-gay version of Presbyterianism, a Protestant denomination which traces its name from the G ... More >>
We thought we'd take a break from writing about fried meats to mention that a new study just came out about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Spoiler: Vegetarian diets are good for you, which is probably not a surprise. What is surprising is that there are numbers to back it up now: over a s ... More >>
First Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress gets most of the press for his outspoken views on homosexuality and Mormonism, but over at the Dallas Voice, John Wright highlights the, um, retrograde views of another prominent local preacher, Dwight McKissic of Arlington's Cornerstone Baptist Church. McKissic ... More >>
On Memorial Day, two Mormon missionaries stopped by Rare and Out of Print Books and Art in Mesa, Arizona, to have their picture taken with a first edition of the Book of Mormon that was kept there. But when store owner Helen Schlie looked in the fireproof box where she had stored it three days earli ... More >>
Mitt Romney CampaignConcerns have been raised over Mormonism's decision to move to Cleveland. Because, you know, it's Cleveland.Last month evangelical leaders gathered in D.C. for the Values Voter Summit, where disciples of the Pissed-Off Jesus harrumphed and yammered about how much America sucke ... More >>
Our first real introduction to First Baptist Dallas's Robert Jeffress was in the fall of 2008, when the downtown pastor came under fire for referring to Mormon Mitt Romney a member of a "cult." That came up today on FOX News, where Jeffress is a frequent guest and where he was asked today who eva ... More >>
The tired, lame joke used to pop about annually this time of year among the lapsed Catholics in my family. "I'm giving up watermelon for Lent," assorted uncles would say with a grin. Har-har. Get it? Watermelon isn't in season during Lent, so as sacrifices go... Yeah, those old boys were ca ... More >>
Danny FulgencioEvangelicalsBand: EvangelicalsVenue: Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio Time: 12:20 a.m. The streets of Denton were humming last night and venues filled--Jupiter House Coffee on the Square even received a ticket from the fire marshal because its crowds were too big. But, despite a ... More >>
Starlight Mints, Evangelicals, Matthew and the Arrogant SeaGranada TheaterJune 25, 2009 Better than: being stuck at home finishing another week's installment of "North of the Dial" (as I am every Thursday night). Evangelicals was just one of three impressive acts on last night's bill.A ... More >>
Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but for one mainstream Mormon, the effects linger
Evangelicals Frontman Josh Jones lives a sunny non-Evangelical life
Pope Benedict XVI, like you didn't know that Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States has provoked an examination of the relationship between Roman Catholics and evangelical Christians, who share a similar social agenda. Southern Baptist scholar, author and commentator Al Mohler points respe ... More >>
JohnMcCain.com Two news articles in recent days have shed light on an enigma: John McCain’s Christian faith. Andrea Billups’ story in the Washington Times -- despite its inadvertently funny lede, which appears to have caught multiple people sleeping at the copy desk -- will do nothing to boost ... More >>
Trinity United Church of Christ Barack Obama with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., in a now-famous photo taken three years ago There were the “Cocktail Christians”: the Lutherans in my Wisconsin hometown who did their sacred rites on Sunday morning and tipped multiple martinis Sunday night. Pun ... More >>
Is Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake soft on homosexuality and too cozy with loose-living celebrities? Is he taking his denomination -- the biggest Pentecostal body in the United States -- far away from its roots as a “holiness” church? Or is he ushering in much-needed m ... More >>
Earlier this month, leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth said they were considering leaving the Episcopal Church, which they consider too liberal, and affiliating with "another province of the worldwide Anglican Communion," according to this Dallas Morning News story. And as reporter Sam H ... More >>
Yesterday The Dallas Morning News ran a story about how some Methodists are so opposed to putting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and think tank on the SMU campus that they're trying to get the church to chuck its OK allowing the construction. Today, The Daily Campus follows up with a story ... More >>
Yesterday, The Washington Post published a Reuters story about how Texas is about to "hit the grim total of 400 executions this month," which puts it far, far ahead of other states that reinstituted the death penalty after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on capital punishment 31 years ago. But the ... More >>
Nine days ago there appeared in The Dallas Morning News a touching little feature about Roosevelt Wilkerson, who was once living on the streets of South Dallas but has recently achieved international renown with his hand-carved walking sticks made from Trinity River tree limbs. The occasion of that ... More >>
This week: The breadth and depth of the Sherman Allen case; and the blind prophetess Just how big is the Sherman Allen case? Well, here’s the tally of alleged victims who’ve come forward to date: 35. Many emerged after the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News (which had been sit ... More >>
El Greco, "Descent of the Holy Spirit" He called himself Apostle. And many a Sunday morning was punctuated with the skronk-skronk of a saxophone as he blew his rendition of "Amazing Grace." He was a young man, and he'd recently gotten out of prison, where he had some kind of conversion. We were yo ... More >>
It's a mellow week at the Dallas Observer. We've exchanged gifts. (Yikes--except me. You'll see me running through Target later today.) Right now I'm listening to a heated conversation in the distance about long-sleeved sweaters. We've got the day off tomorrow, and I'll be taking the opportunity to ... More >>
It began as a typical Sunday-morning service. Really doesn't matter where, but since you're curious, it was in a South Dallas church. There was an opening prayer. A handful of praise songs. A solo. Nothing that presaged much of anything. By the end of the morning it would sink in that I'd witnessed ... More >>
The election results are a big smack upside the head to American evangelicals--a firm rebuke. Don't explain them away or blame them on gays, the media and godless liberals. Yes, Ted Haggard had something to do with it. Maybe a lot to do with it. Most of all, he exposed our disgusting arrogance. And ... More >>
"There is a problem here": Episcopal Diocese of Dallas Bishop James Stanton Last weekend, leaders of Dallas Diocese of the Episcopal church met at Southfork Ranch for their annual retreat and formally decided that they would remain a part of the Episcopal Church. There had been some rumblings that ... More >>
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, right, waves adios to all the folks leaving the Episcopal Church because of her. On November 4, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will become the world's first woman primate in the Anglican Communion. When Schori was elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church e ... More >>
Levi is a young preacher in the "army of God" depicted in the film Jesus Camp. Oh, I was ready for a fierce reaction to Jesus Camp. Something really extreme--like wanting to cast a demon out of my 27-inch TV. Or declaring that Oprah is the Antichrist. I'd seen the trailer for this new and controvers ... More >>
How Plano pastor David Roseberry became the leading edge of a schism in the Episcopal Church over gays in the ministry
The lengthy story on T.D. Jakes in the March issue of The Atlantic Monthly is the best story that's appeared on the bishop to date, though that isn't saying much. (The Dallas Observer published the first major article on Jakes in 1996, but he and his ministry have changed a lot since then, so I'm no ... More >>
Famine, pestilence, war, death--at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Apocalypse is the horse to bet on
Nervous West Texas townsfolk brace for the arrival of a sect of Mormon fundamentalists and their many wives
Mel Gibson's dad doesn't think so
The conference of bishops ignored "the elephant in the sacristy"
American Bishops adopted an abuse policy in the same image of the Diocese of Dallas'
Does Lent affect Dallas restaurant sales?
Deeper Life ministry says it saves homeless people from drugs and sin. Some ex-members say the church takes advantage of those who need help most.
Southern Baptist missionary Jim Sibley's job is to call Jews to Jesus. Is anyone listening?
Writer-director Kevin Smith defends God, dirty words, and New Jersey