This is why I don't go to High Holy Days services: Shit is dangerous. About an hour ago I talked to an old friend, whose mother had gone to Temple Emanu-El on Hillcrest Road and Northwest Highway for Rosh Hashanah services tonight. And my friend told me one hell of a story that I have since confirm ... 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 >>
For a quarter-century Roy Abraham Varghese has been assembling God proofs. Along the way he won over the world's most influential atheist.
In case you missed it, there's been a tempest roiling at Southern Methodist University over the last couple of weeks completely unrelated to nekkid women. Professors from the science departments at SMU tried to shut down a conference beginning tonight at McFarlin Auditorium dubbed Darwin vs. Design, ... 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 >>
Dallas' Jewish community blossoms under the teaching of a scholarly partnership
Evil spirits walk in the criminal world
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 >>
Ever in search of a life, this girl finds an old one
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 >>
How Plano pastor David Roseberry became the leading edge of a schism in the Episcopal Church over gays in the ministry
Do you believe in magic? Then we have a school for you, Harry.
Famine, pestilence, war, death--at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Apocalypse is the horse to bet on
Susan Diamond learned that it doesn't pay to annoy your kids' psychiatrists, even if you're a doctor
Plus: Fat Chance; Naming Rites
Nervous West Texas townsfolk brace for the arrival of a sect of Mormon fundamentalists and their many wives
In another holy war, the battle plan is to turn Muslims into Bible believers
The conference of bishops ignored "the elephant in the sacristy"
Buddha Bar gets a new name
A manual tells terrorist recruits how--and why--they should wage unholy war
The Meridian Room
Does Lent affect Dallas restaurant sales?
Texas Jewish Post Publisher Jimmy Wisch says he's being run out of town by leaders of the community he has served for 54 years. They say he's overstayed his welcome.
Vendyl Jones says he's a crusading archaeologist searching for long-lost biblical treasures. His critics sya he's more worried about self-promotion than science.
Or, why chicks learn to love all things Steve
Meditation, Buddha, and baby wipes. You call this being Jewish? Oy vey.
Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union find a ready teacher in an Orthodox congregation
Southern Baptist missionary Jim Sibley's job is to call Jews to Jesus. Is anyone listening?
Seeking help for depression, Martha Hurt turned to therapists. That's when her insanity truly began.
An unsolved string of cat mutilations in North Dallas leaves police and residents wondering who could do such a thing
Religious circumciser Rabbi Michael Rovinsky is skilled, funny, and popular among both his Jewish and gentile clients. But is this mohel a brazen self-promoter who is maiming our children by doing God's work?
Mesquite High puts a chill on a student's right to dress himself
High prices and low competition raise rumors that the fix is in at Dallas kosher markets
A Dallas County Jail inmate claims his junk-food diet is religious persecution
Creation scientist Dr. Carl Baugh claims he's found evidence that will explode the 'myth' of evolution. But the biggest myth is Baugh himself.
Ministers want Arlington to clamp down on witches
The mellow Satanism of King Diamond