On Sunday night, an SMU student was raped while jogging just off campus. There are no details so far about the girl, other than the fact that she was assaulted in one of the nicest neighborhoods in town, in University Park. But her case is much more common than statistics would lead us to believe, d ... More >>
When First Baptist's Robert Jeffress proclaimed a couple of weeks back that President Obama is "paving the way for the antichrist," we dismissed it as a publicity stunt designed to sell copies of his new book on the end times. Not everyone was so quick to call Jeffress' claim empty bombast. Take th ... More >>
According to Wycliffe, the global authority of Bible translation, the complete scriptures have been rendered in some 518 languages and dialects as of 2012. There's a Bible in every language you can name, plus hundreds that you can't. Speakers of Esperanto have their own version, and Klingons soon ma ... More >>
It was only a matter of time, really before this happened. Put giant B's and G's around the city as part of the official "Big Things Happen Here" marketing campaign, and someone will eventually think "You know what? A penis is shaped kinda like an 'I.'" Then, it's only a matter of finding a penis co ... More >>
Howard Hendricks has never been one of the marquee names of conservative Christianity. He was too naturally reserved for that, more comfortable in the classroom than behind the pulpit, though he delivered his fair share of high-profile sermons. But over more than five decades as a professor at Dalla ... More >>
Somewhere somehow we just got on the wrong track, folks. All these issues like the public schools, crime, unemployment: We're still trying to rearrange the furniture when the house is already on fire. For example, as I said here yesterday, that bright shiny new superintendent of schools we just hir ... More >>
Here's hoping golfers take their eyes off the ball and see southern Dallas' desperation.
Priscilla Shirer, center, in a photo on the Going Beyond Ministries websiteThe New York Times just posted a lengthy oughta-read that will appear in this Sunday's magazine -- a profile of Priscilla Shirer, the Dallas Theological Seminary graduate and DeSoto resident who, with husband Jerry, is the ... More >>
Conroe native Matt Lepsis, pictured at right, retired from pro football on New Year's Day 2008 after 11 seasons with the Denver Broncos. Noted The Denver Post of the 34-year-old's decision to hang it up: "He felt his play was slipping." Now we know why: The offensive lineman was playing while high - ... More >>
From the "Jewtopia Infomercial" on JewTube. Plano-based GodTube, founded by Dallas Theological Seminary student Chris Wyatt way back last spring, is old news 'round Unfair Park parts. But every now and then, folks still stumble across the site and treat it like the Second Coming, especially after la ... More >>
Back in March, we brought word -- or should that be Word? -- of GodTube, which was Dallas Theological Seminary student Chris Wyatt's answer to, yup, YouTube. But only now, as the Dallas-based site -- its HQ is off Skillman Street and Lovers Lane -- becomes one of the hottest religious sites in the u ... More >>
Peripatetic New Testament scholar Darrell Bock, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and senior editor at Christianity Today, has a new book out this fall. Apparently, Bock travels the country for three months touting one book, then nine months later gives birth to another one. That’s a heck o ... More >>
This week, Bible Girl turns to Jared Binder, a graduate student at Dallas Theological Seminary and a Dallas Observer intern, for thoughts on the "deadly sin" no one ever talks about in church. Bible Girl posts from Bible Girl will be sparse in the next few weeks; I'm working on something for the pap ... More >>
J.K. Rowling's ubiquitous hero wins some friends among Christians
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 >>
Looks like a job for...Bible Girl! Till then, how in God's name (uh...sorry?) did we miss this one: GodTube.com, which is exactly what it sounds like -- YouTube for the religious set. And, glory be, there's quite the local connection here: Says the latest issue of Newsweek in this Periscope piece, i ... More >>
Professor scoffs at Lost Tomb of Jesus documentary
Legendary Dallas architect Herbert M. Greene built Proctor Hall 85 years ago. Today, a California health-care provider's having it torn down. By the end of the day -- hell, by the time you read this, most likely -- the 85-year-old Proctor Hall on Haskell Avenue will be no more. "It's being taken dow ... 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 >>
This is what Stephanie Morris, a Bible Girl contributor and Dallas Theological Seminary student, has to say about the spat between the Reverend W. Dwight McKissic and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary over the practice of speaking in tongues: Stephanie Morris: Dwight McKissic can talk to Go ... More >>
Till today, most of us heathens thought speaking in tongues was either a Talking Heads album or something Robert Tilton pretended to do. That's why we have Bible Girl on hand, burnin' down the house. A strange noise was coming from somewhere behind me. "Dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee..." I looked ... More >>
During Terry Hornbuckle's trial, no one ever disputed his womanizing. His attorney just said he didn't need to drug women in order to bed them. That is not an answer to the question: WWJD? Not at all. When I moved to Dallas in 1990, it took me a while to get a clue about Bible Belt religion. First, ... More >>
Someone should write a book about Darrell Bock's book about Dan Brown's book. They'd be meta-rich. Dallas Theological Seminary professor Darrell L. Bock is back in Dallas just in time for the new semester, after spending most of the last year on the road promoting his best-selling book Breaking the ... More >>
Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code, currently at No. 5 on Amazon's list of top sellers, has spun out a small industry, and no one is more grateful than Darrell Bock, research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. The author of Breaking the Da Vinci Code, which was Amazon ... More >>
Famine, pestilence, war, death--at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Apocalypse is the horse to bet on
Cowboys fanatic nearing final whistle
Minister G. Craige Lewis has one goal: Get hip-hop out of the church. Forever.
Countering a popular novel lets a Dallas theologian spread The Word
For a South Oak Cliff church considered a model for mixing faith and government, the line between church and state is thin indeeda
Gringo Lingo gripes
The Rev. Harvey Cutting had one last chance to come clean. He chose to lie.
You don't take Rick Finlan and Don Venable seriously? That could be a mistake you live to regret.