By NEMS Daily Journal
Southern Baptist leader to retire after ethics probe
Richard Land, the man who became the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention on ethical and political issues for nearly 25 years, has announced plans to retire in 2013 after a rough-and-tumble spring.
The decision comes months after Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics amp& Religious Liberty Commission, made controversial comments about the Trayvon Martin case that resulted in a reprimand and the loss of his radio talk show for the racial tension they caused.
Land, 65, said in a July 31 letter announcing his retirement that he has no intention of ending his role as a culture warrior.
“I believe the ‘culture war’ is a titanic spiritual struggle for our nation’s soul and as a minister of Christ’s Gospel, I have no right to retire from that struggle,” Land wrote in a two-page letter to the acting chairman of his commission.
The Rev. Fred Luter, who was elected in June as the SBC’s first African-American president, said he doesn’t believe Land was forced out by church leaders.
Liberal Christian leaders blast GOP tax bill
WASHINGTON – A coalition of liberal Christian leaders blasted a GOP budget plan that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy while slashing key provisions for the poor.
The bill, which is being used by both parties as part of election-year jockeying, would slash the Earned Income Tax Credit, which supplements wages of low-income workers, and the Child Tax Credit, which provides up to $1,000 financial support per child for poor working families.
At the same time, the bill would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the highest income earners: individuals earning over $200,000 a year and families earning over $250,000.
The tax cuts, which were renewed two years ago on a temporary basis, are set to expire at year’s end.
In a letter delivered to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, 60 faith leaders urged Congress “to put families and workers before ideological agendas that favor the powerful.”
New Bible translation has screenplay format
NASHVILLE – A new Bible translation tackles the challenge of turning ancient Greek and Hebrew texts into modern American English and then adds a twist: It’s written like a screenplay.
The team behind “The Voice” says it isn’t a gimmick. They hope this new version will help readers understand the meaning behind the sometimes archaic language of the Bible and enjoy the story enough to stick with it.
The idea was a longtime dream of Chris Seay, pastor of Houston’s Ecclesia Church. Seay had had success in helping church members relate to the Bible by dividing out the parts of the various speakers and assigning roles to church members who read them aloud.
The idea struck a nerve with Frank Couch, the vice president of translation development for Nashville-based religious publisher Thomas Nelson, who had performed Bible-inspired sketches on the streets of Berkeley, Calif., in his youth.
The result of their efforts, as well as a team of translators who worked alongside poets, writers and musicians, is “The Voice,” released in its full version earlier this year.
This week’s answer
Q. WHO PLANTED, who watered and who gave the increase in the Bible?
A. PAUL Planted, Apollo’s watered, and God gave the increase. (I Corinthians 3:6)
This week’s question:
Q. Who had taught Timothy to have the unfeigned faith?