July (Web-only) 2003

Bono: Ensuring America Keeps Its Promise
The U2 singer re-launches his national AIDS education campaign and champions President Bush's efforts.
Stonehill's Nostalgic Progression
Pioneering Christian artist Randy Stonehill shares his thoughts on today's music industry, the creation of his latest album, and his plans for the future.
Big Idea Loses Suit
Big Idea Loses Suit
Jury says creator of VeggieTales owes $11 million to ex-distributor
Jesus' Woodstock
Jesus' Woodstock
"After 20 summers of love, the Cornerstone Festival still opens doors for unknown musicians and unlocks truth for hungry minds"
Homosexual Anglican Priest Withdraws from Bishop Posting
Larry Burkett dies of heart trouble at 64
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: One-Hit Wonder
The long swansong of Madalyn Murray O'Hair
"Weblog: As Another Canadian Province Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Religious Groups Seek Supreme Court Appeal"
"Priest murdered in Pakistan, missionaries excited about Bush's Africa trip, China arrests underground church leaders, and other stories from online sources around the world"
What Larry Burkett Knew About Healing and Death
The financial guru died last week—but not of the kidney cancer he fought for seven years
Noted Surgeon and Author Paul Brand Dies at Age 89
Connected his pioneering work with leprosy and his missionary faith
God's Astounding Laws of Nature
"I like to think of God as developing his skills, said Dr. Paul Brand"
A Surgeon's View of Divine Healing
Do doctors waste their time by doing slowly and painstakingly what could have been done in the twinkling of an eye?
"Blood, Part 1: The Miracle of Cleansing"
"This article, originally appearing in the February 18, 1983, issue of Christianity Today,The article is adapted from the book In His Image."
"Blood, Part 2: The Miracle of Life"
A well-known surgeon talks about that miraculous red river within us as an emblem of life
"Blood, Part 3: Life in the Blood"
"If Jesus had been born in the twentieth century, would he have chosen the image of transfusion for his forgiveness, love, and healing?"
A Handful of Mud
Soil is life. Can we preserve it for future generations
Pat Robertson Alone in Support of Liberian President
"Laos frees Minnesota pastor, Baylor's faculty split on school's Christian direction, and other stories from online sources around the world"
A Good Week for Zombies and Pirates
"Christian critics are pleased to sail with Pirates of the Caribbean and Sinbad, but not quite so happy with T3: Rise of the Machines. They also debate the merits of 28 Days Later, and the sequels to Legally Blonde and Charlie's Angels."
Are Evangelicals Fueling Teen Fascination with the Powers of Darkness?
"The horror of Buffy Summers and the fantasy of Harry Potter draw from conservative religious imagery while fans feed on conservative opposition, says the author of From Angels to Aliens."
Evangelicalism's Dark Side and Popular Culture
"Evangelicals may feel that stories of supernatural battles between good and evil belong to them, but they cannot control how these stories will be reconfigured once they enter the realm of entertainment media"
Federal Appeals Court Says Police Can't Decline Assignments for Religion
"White House hopes to tap the power of youth groups, a pastor's prayer for a sign is answered, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Federal Judge Rules Parts of Church Land-Use Law Unconstitutional
Groups plan to help Elsinore Christian Center appeal zoning case
Where Have All the Classics Gone?
These days it's a triumph when a movie is simply inoffensive. But we can do better than that
Officials Erode Psalm Displays at Grand Canyon
SUV drivers answer what Jesus drives
Has Natural Birth Control Been Proved Impossible?
"Don't believe the media reports, cautions the author of Birth Control for Christians"
Christian TV Networks Battle for the Heavens
"Another Ten Commandments decision, Robertson issues 21-day prayer offensive for removal of Supreme Court justices, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Panning for Gold at CBA
There are actually some original ideas at the Christian Booksellers Association Annual Convention
Veggies for Sale
Is Christian music popular among pirates? And other stores from online sources around the world
"Religious Conservatives, Stalemated Despite Friends in High Office, Rethink Strategy"
Supreme Court's sodomy decision causes fresh soul searching on effectiveness
The League of Flat and Uninspired Gentlemen
"Critics look over The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and continue talking about Pirates of the Caribbean, Legally Blonde 2, T3: Rise of the Machines, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Plus: Filmmakers praise the community and challenges of Flickerin"
Australia's Uniting Church Torn Asunder as Denomination Votes to Ordain Homosexuals
"Coverage of the continuing fights over gay marriage, gay bishops, straight Ten Commandments, and many more articles from online sources around the world"
Getting Western Civ Right
"Christian theology is the catalyst, not the brake, for progress in Western history"
Progress Through Theology
"An interview with Rodney Stark, author of For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-hunts, and the End of Slavery"
The Truth About the Catholic Church and Slavery
The Truth About the Catholic Church and Slavery
The problem wasn't that the leadership was silent. It was that almost nobody listened.
Showdown at Baylor
"Robertson extends remarks on anti-court prayer, Australia's wrongful birth suit, and other stories from online sources around the world"
European Christianity's 'Failure to Thrive'
"Why Christendom, born with an imperial bang, is now fading away in an irrelevant whimper"
Campus Crusade for Christ Founder Bill Bright Dies at 81
Former happy pagan went on to form one of the largest and most efficient parachurch ministries in the world.
Bill Bright's Benediction
"As long as I have breath, I will praise and serve the Lord, the evangelist wrote earlier this month"
'I'm Only Doing What God Told Me to Do'
"The founder of Campus Crusade for Christ talks about America's moral disintegration, Christians in politics, and his hopes for the greatest spiritual awakening in the history of the world."
Campus Crusade Into All the World
Bill Bright leads a spiritual revolution
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: The Catholic Church's Regime Change
Would lay power really augur a new epoch of openness and honesty?
Carmen Renee Berry's Unabashedly Consumerist Handbook to Ecclesiology
The author of The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church helps seekers find their best congregational fit.
Drug Importation Bill Ignites War Between Religious Conservatives
"More early debate of Gibson's The Passion, Minnesota's churches and guns, and other stories from online sources around the world."
James Ossuary Owner Arrested on Fraud and Forgery Charges
"Former FRC head Ken Connor mulling Senate bid, India's Supreme Court tosses anti-Christian law, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Bad Boys Indeed
"What critics are saying about Bad Boys 2, Johnny English, and How to Deal. Plus:early looks at Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, complaints about twist endings, and The Passion trailer"
Religious Fight Erupts in Judicial Confirmation Hearings
"Anglican leaders warn of schism, Psalms return to Grand Canyon, church abuse report released, and other stories from online sources from around the world."
"Weblog: Texas Court Reinstates $173,000 Fine Against 'Seminary'"
"Danish atheist pastor gets to keep his job, BBC scales down religion, and other stories from around the world"
Uncivil War
Missionary tells of horrors in strife-torn Congo
Medical Missions' African Legacy
"For generations, missionary doctors have healed body and soul in Africa."
"Weblog: Our President Is God, Says Equatorial Guinea's State Radio"
Norwegian bishop wants worship service reviews in newspaper
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: The Terror of the Therapeutic
"Margaret Atwood's new novel considers the price we may pay for looking to technology to remedy our ills, personal and social"
"Weblog: Showdown at Baylor, Continued"
"Vatican will release battle plan against gay marriage, and other stories from online sources around the world"
A Gerontologist Gets Older
"David Petty, author of Aging Gracefully, has long taught about the process of aging. Now, he is personally learning that one of the most important aspects is the spiritual side"
Ken Connor Resigns from Family Research Council
Former trial lawyer now considering Senate bid favors judicial strategy over Federal Marriage Amendment
Church of England May Be Trying to 'Shed Its Puritanical Image'
: Bruce Almighty is banned in Malaysia and other stories from online sources around the world
Seabiscuit Comes in Fifth
"Christian critics rate Seabiscuit, Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Northfork, and Masked and Anonymous. Plus, the debate over Mel Gibson's film about Jesus intensifies"
Dispatch: Gene and Me
My history with the openly gay man elected bishop of Rochester
'U.S. Credibility Hangs on Whether It Can Do Justice for the Palestinians'
A Palestinian Christian and former PCUSA moderator talks about his faith and critiques Bush's road map to peace in the Middle East
Dispatch: Integrity Doles Out God's Not-So Inclusive Love
The Integrity Eucharist has become a triennial sort of mass pity party.
Dispatch: Gay Rites Would Not Bless Ecumenism
Could also impair Anglican work overseas
Liberia's Troubled Past—and Present
The nation's history explains why the current conflict succumbs to, yet simultaneously transcends, the stereotype of African tribal wars

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Historic First Baptist Dallas Sanctuary Burns in Four-Alarm Fire
Historic First Baptist Dallas Sanctuary Burns in Four-Alarm Fire
The 134-year-old landmark, now a nearby secondary meeting space for the church, went up in flames in downtown Dallas.

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