Jesus in Their Own Language
The Mapuche Indians of Chile wept as they heard Jesus speak their language for the first time. Seven times the usual number of Mapuche gathered at a missions preaching point in Rulo, Chile, to watch the Jesus film in their language.
"I don't understand the language, but you should have seen their faces," said missionary Richard Hawkins. "You could see they were understanding and were believing in Jesus. I was later told they were asking how Jesus could speak their language and why they had never before heard the gospel spoken in their language."
The COMMISSION, September, 1997
A Healthy Balance
"We forget that love and truth can be like sodium and chloride. Love without truth is mush, and truth without love can also be poisonous. Sodium and chloride together make salt." — Marvin Olasky, WORLD, September 20, 1997
The National Association of Biology Teachers flatly rejected a recommendation to alter the group's official statement on evolution, after two leading scholars challenged that the statement goes beyond the limits of provable science.
The NABT's eight-person board of directors voted unanimously not to alter the wording of its "Statement on Teaching Evolution," as had been urged by retired University of California at Berkeley religion professor Huston Smith and Alvin Plantinga, a University of Notre Dame philosophy professor.
In a September letter to NABT, Smith and Plantinga said, without challenging the theory of evolution, that the NABT statement went beyond the limits of provable science by insisting that evolution was an "unsupervised" and "impersonal" process.
The pair — both pre-eminent in their respective disciplines — maintained that since science could not prove or disprove any divine role in setting the evolutionary process in motion, the words "unsupervised" and "impersonal" should be dropped from the statement.
Wayne W. Carley, executive director of the Reston, Va.-based teachers' group, said NABT directors felt "rather strongly" about not changing the statement. "We believe it. Evolution is real," he said.
However, Carley went on to contradict himself by adding, "The fundamental issue is not what people believe, but that science isn't a matter of public opinion but is based on testable hypotheses."
In response, Smith said the NABT board's decision perpetuated "bad science" by adhering to "our current pseudo-scientific myth."
"… How can empirical science pronounce on whether the evolutionary process … was or was not divinely monitored without violating its pledge to adhere to factual evidence?" he said. "I do not think it will be too long before biologists will look back on the (NABT statement) with the same embarrassment that theologians remember their predecessors refusal to look through Galileo's telescope."
Religion News Service, October 9, 1997
Editorial note: It is interesting that even some evolutionists recognize the "blind faith" of their constituents.
Child Pornographers Nabbed
More than 120 suspected child pornographers in the United States, Canada, and Germany have been arrested, and another 1,000 have been identified, in a "cyber-sting" operated by New York's attorney general, and U.S. Customs officials. The suspects, who were discovered in Internet chat rooms, were caught with more than 200,000 child-porn images.
Family Issues Alert, October 1, 1997
Defining Deviancy Up
"I just cannot imagine, as a pastor, saying no to two people who say they want to make a commitment to one another. That wouldn't be consistent with the ministry of Jesus or the ministry of John Wesley." – United Methodist pastor Jimmy Creech of Omaha, Neb., explaining why he performed a "covenanting" ceremony for a lesbian couple. He was warned by his bishop that such a ceremony "would be in conflict" with church doctrine, and faces possible discipline.
The Pastor's Weekly Briefing, October 10, 1997
DeGeneres and Degeneracy
"On behalf of the people — and the teenagers especially — out there who think there is something wrong with them because they're gay: There's nothing wrong with you, and don't let anyone make you ashamed of who you are." – Ellen DeGeneres in her Emmy acceptance speech
"Right now, the jury is still out on my career. Let's see if I can accomplish what I want to accomplish, which is getting over stereotypes. … it would be nice to have Ellen on Nick at Nite along with Mary Tyler Moore, someone that (gay) kids could identify with. … I won't be someone who just had a sitcom but someone who helped change people's minds." – DeGeneres in an interview with TV GUIDE
"How can I go forward? This is blatant discrimination. … This advisory is telling kids something's wrong with being gay. … It's like if they had a black show and put on a warning that said this show isn't suitable for viewers who don't like black people." – DeGeneres' response upon learning that ABC added an on-screen advisory declaring that her show has adult content and warning parents to use discretion in allowing children to view it. The New York Times, October, 9, 1997.