Biblical Add-Ons, Edits & Agendas: A Challenge to Literalism?

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After reading my post about Randy Wolford, the snake-handling pastor, died from a venomous snakebite, blogger Tim Suttle sent me a link to his own post on the subject. Suttle’s angle was different, and I found it fascinating. Basically, he contends that the verses in Mark that Wolford and others use to justify handling snakes [Read More...]

Snake Handling, Stigmata and Testing God

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A recent piece on the Huffington Post Religion site described the death of Pastor Mark Wolford, a Christian minister known for handling venomous snakes during his worship services to demonstrate the power of his faith. The stunt went south, however, after he was bitten on the thigh during worship and died sat a local hospital [Read More...]

Taking “Jesus Christ” Out of the Bible

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A new translation of the Bible called “The Voice” (no, Cee-Lo makes no appearances in this one), published by Thomas Nelson, has created quite a buzz. The discussion is not so much around what is in the newest version, but rather what’s left out. According to a recent article on the Huffington Post, the words [Read More...]

Three Cups of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Greg Mortenson’s bestselling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” made tremendous waves when it hit bookshelves. The heartening stories of reaching across cultural and national lines to give hope to Pakistani children in the form of new schools was the stuff of Hollywood screenplays. Mortenson became a celebrity. Unfortunately, recent light has been shed on some [Read More...]


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