Man on trial is in cult-like gang, expert testifies: A man accused of chopping his mother-in-law to death with a hatchet is a member of the Insane Clown Posse gang, an expert testified Monday. Insane Clown Posse gang members live on the edge of society and adhere to an “almost cult-like religion,” said Detective Sgt. Tom Walker, supervisor of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s gang investigation unit.
Muslim American leaders hope bin Laden’s death starts a new chapter for Muslims: Leaders of several prominent Muslim American organizations celebrated the killing of Osama bin Laden on Monday, saying they hoped it would remove the “sexy face” of terrorism for young radicals and allow America’s relations with Muslim nations to stop revolving around the issue of terrorism. “We feel a sense of immense relief. His perversion of Islam has been a blot on history,” said Harris Tarin, office director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Washington-based advocacy group that sometimes partners with the State Department to promote moderate Islam. [See: Islam and terrorism]
Coleman computer linked to pre-murder threats: The menacing, obscenity-laced emails to Christopher Coleman began with one clear message: “Your family is done.”
Somebody was demanding that televangelist Joyce Meyer stop her type of ministry or the family of Coleman, her bodyguard, would pay. “Tell Joyce to stop preaching [expletive] or Chris’s family will die,” said one email. Another stated: “I will kill them all as they sleep.” Once the emails stopped, printed threats appeared in the mailbox. The writer would go on to strangle Sheri Coleman and her sons, prosecutors claim, but the motive wasn’t Meyer’s preaching and the killer was really sending the threats to himself. On trial for the murders is Meyer’s former security guard, Chris Coleman.
Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
On bin Laden, Christians should choose justice, not revenge: Christians know that Osama bin Laden escaped the reach of full human justice and a trial for his crimes, but he will not escape the judgment that is to come. Bin Laden will not escape his trial before the court of God. Until then, sober satisfaction must be enough for those still in the land of the living.
The End of the Jihadist Dream: To the Qaeda members I interrogated at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere in the aftermath of 9/11, Osama bin Laden was never just the founder and leader of the group, but also an idea. He embodied the belief that their version of Islam was correct, that terrorism was the right weapon, and that they would ultimately be victorious. Bin Laden’s death did not kill that idea, but did deal it a mortal blow.
‘Inerrantists’ aim to keep women ‘in their place’: Any time the word “inerrancy” is mentioned with regard to the interpretation of Scripture, the subject of a “woman’s place” is never far behind. Whenever women challenge the status quo, it takes only a moment for husbands and church leaders threatened by loss of control to begin intoning “my Bible clearly says” in an attempt to weight their argument.
Investigating Global Religious Dynamics of Christians and Muslims: A statistic I have often cited when speaking about the status of world evangelization is this: that for the past century, Christianity has been stagnant at about 33% of the world. We know that the fastest growing world religion is not Christianity (growing at 1.36% p.a. in AD 2000) but rather Islam (growing at 2.13% p.a. in AD 2000). (I know that we like to compare the growth of evangelicals with that of Islam, but that, in my opinion, is rather like comparing apples to oranges.)
Denver pastor turns heads by blending tradition and irreverence: Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber is a dichotomy wrapped in a paradox covered in tattoos. Creation, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Good Friday, Easter and Pentecost — practically the entire liturgical year — unfurl in technicolor ink from her shoulder to her wrist. That’s just her left arm. Mary Magdalene and Lazarus rising from the dead are on the long right arm of this 6-foot-1 Christian billboard. The 42-year-old came to Jesus later in life but then pursued a vocation in Christ full throttle. In a state where Focus on the Family and other strands of evangelical Christianity have long grabbed most headlines, a progressive Lutheran is now stealing the marquee.
King James Bible finds new life in Mormon Church: Mormons are not scriptural inerrantists and they reject the fundamentalism of the KJV-only school. But they do continue to cling to this venerable old translation after most other Christians have already moved on. Mormons tend to view the KJV as solid, conservative, and durable. As old as it is, the KJV continues to be a force in the life of the Church even to this day, 400 years after its first publication. [Note that the author mistakenly equates Mormons with ‘other Christians.’ Mormonism is a cult of Christianity, are Mormons are therefore considered to be outside the historic boundaries of the Christian faith. Too, It should be noted that the LDS Church has published its own version of the King James Bible, incorporating footnotes explaining what corrections from Joseph Smith’s “inspired version” of the Bible (a version full of errors and plagiarized material) should be taken into account.]