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    September 17, 2014

    Highland Park Presbyterian Is Back in the Gay News Again, Surely Not for the Last Time

    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 >>

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    June 4, 2013

    New Study Says Vegetarians Live Longer, But at What Cost?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Arlington Pastor Hates Gays and Mormons

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2011

    And Now a Look at a Former Board of Ed "Expert's" Revisionist History Textbook

    ​David Barton -- founder of Wallbuilders, former State Board of Education "social studies expert" and member of the Religious Right coalition that prodded Gov. Rick Perry to join the insufficiently Christian Republican field -- isn't exactly what you'd call a rigorous academic. What you might ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    June 3, 2011

    What Kind of Presidential Candidate Will Evangelicals Support? Let's Ask Jeffress.

    ​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 >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Yesterday at NX35: Evangelicals at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

    Danny FulgencioEvangelicals​Band: 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 >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Last Night: Starlight Mints, Evangelicals, MATAS at the Granada Theater

    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 >>

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    June 12, 2008

    Faith No More

    Evangelicals Frontman Josh Jones lives a sunny non-Evangelical life

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    June 5, 2008


    Let's just say Bush gets charged with war crimes. Will Dallas be guilty by association with his library?

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    April 18, 2008

    "Oh, Thank God! I Thought You Said 'A Protestant!'"*

    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 >>

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    April 17, 2008
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    April 16, 2008

    John McCain’s Curious Christian Faith 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 >>

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    March 19, 2008

    Is Rev. Jeremiah Wright a Hater?

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be honored by Texas Christian University's Brite Divinity School on March 28. These were his spiritual sons, men he’d ordained into ministry and sent into a hateful world. And now they’d turned their backs on him. Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, a Southern holy man, the ... More >>

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    March 7, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    Pentecostal Preacher Sherman Allen Turns Out to Be Reverend Spanky

    The Fort Worth preacher is accused of beating, threatening and assaulting women for more than 20 years

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    November 5, 2007

    Holier Than Thou? The Church of God in Christ Fights for Its Roots.

    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 >>

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    October 2, 2007

    "We Fight the Good Jihad"

    Have you prayed for Osama today?If you want to know what defines an evangelical Christian, look no further than Brother Andrew, the 79-year-old Dutchman who called himself "God's smuggler." He is a revered figure among evangelicals because of his single-minded devotion to spreading the gospel of Jes ... More >>

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    September 26, 2007

    Beating Around the Bush Library at SMU

    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 >>

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    August 13, 2007

    Because God Loves a Good Hangin'?

    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 >>

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    May 21, 2007

    Do You See What She Sees?

    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 >>

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    May 10, 2007

    Old-Time Religion and New Americans

    Hispanic evangelical leaders join to push for compassionate immigration reform

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    April 27, 2007
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    March 30, 2007

    The Pentecostal Circus

    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 >>

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    December 21, 2006

    Bible Girl: The Merry Christmas Edition

    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 >>

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    December 18, 2006

    Keepin' the Faith (Or, An Eyeball for an Eye Socket)

    Just a note to the regular readers of Bible Girl: In case you missed this story from yesterday's New York Times Sunday Magazine, I wanted to introduce you to Dan and Ann Stratton. He's a former Yale football star who made a mint as a commodities trader; now, he's "the founder and pastor of Faith Exc ... More >>

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    December 14, 2006

    A Really Weird Day in Church

    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 >>

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    December 8, 2006
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    December 7, 2006
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    December 5, 2006

    Southern Baptists Talk Tongues

    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 >>

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    November 9, 2006

    Ted Haggard's Shopping List

    Mike Jones blew Ted Haggard's cover. Patty Calhoun, editor of Denver's Westword--one of the Dallas Observer's sister papers--suggests in her column this week that Ted Haggard was deeper into the gay lifestyle than his statements might have led you to believe. Mike Jones--the male prostitute who bl ... More >>

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    November 8, 2006

    An Open Letter to Evangelicals

    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 >>

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    November 7, 2006
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    October 19, 2006

    Lisa Bevere Fights Like a Girl

    Lisa Bevere knows all about church ladies. Now isn't that special? (Sorry.) We all have our church-lady stories. Here's mine: I knew a woman of Amazonian stature who loudly extolled the virtues of Marabel Morgan's 1973 best-seller, The Total Woman. Her single unforgettable feature was an enormous ... More >>

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    October 11, 2006

    You The Man

    Becky Fischer is the leader of the Jesus Camp depicted in the controversial documentary being distributed by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner. As promised in an earlier Bible Girl column, here's a black evangelical perspective on Jesus Camp--from occasional Bible Girl contributor Stephanie Morris: I have ... More >>

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    October 5, 2006

    Jesus, Send Money: Prosperity, Pt. 1

    In little Talco, certain lines were sharply drawn. Railroad tracks literally separated black from white in this rural East Texas town. And on the black side, you had a further division, of darkness and light. Darkness: The men, plus a few sad-faced women, who gathered to drink whiskey and beer under ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006

    Decoding Jesus Camp

    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 >>

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    September 13, 2006
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    September 6, 2006

    Tongue-Talkin' Maniacs

    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 >>

  • Music

    August 17, 2006


    So Gone (Misra)

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    April 26, 2006
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    March 8, 2006

    Bishop T.D. Jakes, Revolutionary

    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 >>

  • News

    February 9, 2006

    The End Is Near

    Famine, pestilence, war, death--at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Apocalypse is the horse to bet on

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    November 14, 2002


    In another holy war, the battle plan is to turn Muslims into Bible believers

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    December 21, 2000

    Secular, But Equal

    Third Eye's Kwanzaa

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    August 24, 2000

    The Apostle

    The preacher who launched this century's longest-running revival, transplanted Texan Stephen Hill, spreads the word: Sinners wanted here

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    May 4, 2000

    Epistle to the Jews

    Southern Baptist missionary Jim Sibley's job is to call Jews to Jesus. Is anyone listening?

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    January 22, 1998
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    March 21, 1996

    White Like Me

    A Christian comes to terms with Dallas' Christian Coalition

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    April 6, 1995
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