Rep. J.C. Watts pushes for better faith-based initiative bill in Senate "The armies of compassion are waiting for the Senate to follow the House's lead and pass a solid faith-based bill," Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) told Connecticut Republicans yesterday while campaigning for candidates there. Watts wants the Senate to pass its bill and have the differences between it and H.R. 7, the House's faith-based initiatives bill, worked out in a House-Senate conference meeting. But many Democratic senators, including Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), who is sponsoring the Senate bill, want H.R. 7 to die. They would rather have the full House vote on the Senate bill once it is passed to avoid any compromise between the two bills. Lieberman spokesman Dan Gerstein tells The Washington Times a conference would "reopen old wounds," "inject some political controversy back into the debate," and perhaps result in nothing getting to the President's desk.

There are significant differences between the two bills. The House bill expands charitable choice and allows faith-based organizations to compete for federal funds without compromising their character. The Senate bill avoids charitable choice altogether.

Is the Southern Baptist Convention's Holman Christian Standard Bible gender-inclusive, too?
As the Today's New International Version (TNIV) of the Bible gets ready for retail sale, Associated Baptist Press claims a scoop: the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), published by the Southern Baptist Convention's official publisher, Lifeway, is gender-inclusive, too. David Stratton, pastor of Brunswick Islands Baptist Church in Supply, N.C., chose a sample of seven books in the New Testament (Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, James and Revelation), and found 194 verses in which the HCSB is more gender-neutral than the NIV. It's also much more gender-inclusive than the King James Version. In fact, reports the news service, "the HCSB is actually more likely than the TNIV to translate masculine participles that refer to God in a gender-neutral manner. For example, Rev. 1:4 speaks of 'him which is, and which was, and which is to come' (KJV). The NIV translates 'him who is, and who was, and who is to come,' and the TNIV keeps the same reading. The HCSB, however, has 'the One who is, who was, and who is coming.'" Keep in mind that Associated Baptist Press often highlights stories critical of the conservative wing of the Southern Baptist Convention.

More on the TNIV:

  • Bible changes leads to a holy war of words | A new "gender accurate" translation of the New Testament is creating a furor among believers who see every sacred word as a cobblestone on the path to Jesus and salvation. (USA Today)

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Sex & marriage:

  • Moore defends remarks on homosexuality | "A person is never biased by abiding by the law," says Alabama chief justice. (The Birmingham [Ala.] News)

  • Ministry that tries to convert gays moves to Orlando | Exodus International-North America moved its headquarters from Seattle to the Orlando suburb of Winter Park earlier this month (The Daytona Beach [Fla.] News-Journal)

  • Europeans opting against marriage | In a profound shift that has changed the notion of what constitutes a family in many countries, more and more European children are being born out of wedlock into a new social order in which, it seems, few of the old stigmas apply. (The New York Times)

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Missions & ministry:

  • Heather Mercer asked God to take her life | Former prisoners of Taliban say they trusted in God (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

  • IRS easing charity documentation | It won't require as much immediate documentation as usual for people who made donations last fall, making it simpler for taxpayers to claim deductions and lifting a paperwork burden for hundreds of nonprofit organizations. (Associated Press)

  • Netting surfers for Christ | The virtual world of Christian evangelism (The New Zealand Herald)


  • Southern Baptists: A 30-year war? | Although the major battles between conservatives and moderates that began in the late 1970s are past, skirmishes and rear-guard actions continue with no end in sight (Cary McMullen, The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.)

  • Episcopal divide | The Rev. David Moyer will not be presiding at the altar this Easter Sunday because his bishop, the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, has banished him from the sanctuary as of March 4. (The Washington Times)

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Abuse opinion and analysis:

  • Catholic scandals: a crisis for celibacy? | The real story behind clerical "pedophilia" & what it really means (Leon J. Podles, Touchstone)

  • Rome fiddles, we burn | Will Catholics continue to pick and choose privately among the Vatican's antiquated dictums on divorce, birth control and homosexuality, and suppress doubts about a celibate, all-male priesthood? (Maureen Dowd, The New York Times)

  • Church's scandal starts with celibacy | The church does not discuss sexuality in any way other than to regurgitate its own outdated policies (Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times)

  • Priests feel tainted by rotten eggs | There are 47,000 priests nationwide. The vast majority of them are innocent and are struggling with the same questions. (Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times)


  • The Door at 30 | Religious humor magazine is still seriously irreverent (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

  • Studying children's books about Passover | Why do children's Passover books explain the religious meaning of the feast — how it commemorates God's liberation of the Jewish people from slavery—while children's Easter books dwell on flowers, stealthy bunnies and the search for colored eggs? (Peter Steinfels, The New York Times)

  • LaHaye's fiction leaves competition behind | For the first time since 1994, John Grisham does not hold the year's lead fiction spot (The Washington Times)

  • The good books | When a congregation wants to raise money, where better to turn than to recipes from the heart? Sample community cookbooks from Honolulu to Harlem. (The New York Times)

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