In 1997, back when major metropolitan dailies apparently had enough cash lying around to send staff writers to Israel, The Dallas Morning News profiled the Black Hebrew Israelites, a group of expat African-Americans claiming to be descendents of the tribe of Judah and, therefore, Jews. It was an un ... More >>
Chuck D says knock you out. The Kings of the Mic Tour has repeatedly been compared to a big classic rock arena show - old timers busting out riffs familiar to a graying crowd. But that's the wrong comparison. The Kings of the Mic Tour is more like if Chuck Berry went on tour with Elvis Presley, Lit ... 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 >>
The trustees of 92-year-old Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in South Dallas realized they'd made a mistake almost as soon as they'd hired Calvin Wayne Thomas to tend their flock. His first sin was a minor one, coming during an early meeting to discuss church business that Thomas presided over ... More >>
They say the devil can quote scripture as well as the righteous, which helps explain the confusion sown by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who whipped out his New Testament this week and rained thunder down on Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles. Price is burni ... More >>
This is a little embarrassing. Nobody wants to say it. It's sort of rude, I guess. Uh-oh. Sounds like my job. OK. Here goes. Dallas City Council member Vonciel Hill is a mean-spirited, spiteful suck-up to the rich who is also increasingly unhinged. Ugly-talking. And way over the top out of bounds ... More >>
New plays feel long and come up short on ideas at ongoing FIT fest.
Mohamed Elhassan, a Sufi imam and business owner here in Dallas, lost his case for the Koran last month in Terry Jones' Florida church.When Florida pastor Terry Jones finally made good on the threat he'd been toying with in the press for months, to burn a Quran in his church, it set off days of dead ... More >>
Rabbi David SternRan into my rabbi last Sunday -- David Stern, head man at Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, very hip and very influential so I hear -- and asked him: "You mind sending me your Kol Nidre sermon? I'd like to post to Unfair Park." He grinned and said sure -- grinned, I'm sure, because it w ... 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 >>
Again, this is probably a subject better tackled by Bible Girl, but the Texas Freedom Network just shot over a press release concerning House Bill 1287, which was introduced in February by Friend of Passover State Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) and would require every public high school in the state t ... 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 >>
If the Southern Baptists forbid speaking in tongues in order to talk to God, we did find this handy book. More than 100 Southern Baptist leaders gathered today at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington to talk about their denomination's sharpening opposition to speaking in tongues--specifically, wh ... 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 >>
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