“Come, follow me ... and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Emphasis added.) Thus does the latest updating of the New International Version (NIV) offer a somewhat flaccid rendering of Jesus’ powerful command to the Church’s future apostles: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19: King James Version).
The New York Times reported on March 19 that final approval has been completed to make way for the creation of a new “red light district on the Web“—a “Triple-X” domain reserved exclusively for pornographic websites of all kinds. While some 200,000 dot-xxx domain names have been reserved over the past year in anticipation of the new pornographic Internet suffix, the authorization by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has drawn heavy criticism from both pro-family groups concerned about increased sexual content on the web and entrenched businesses in the pornography industry worried about an influx of new porn sites cutting into their business.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling ordering a home schooled girl to attend public school, overriding the desire of the girl’s mother that she be educated at home. The March 16 decision came following an extended conflict between the divorced parents of the girl, who were at odds over whether she should be taught at home, as her mother wished, or attend public school, which was her father’s desire.
A Minnesota legislator said she was uncomfortable with the invocation offered by a Baptist pastor to open up the state Senate’s legislative session March 14, and wants a stipulation that only non-sectarian prayers be offered in the future. The offending prayer was given by the Rev. Dennis Campbell of Granite City Baptist Church in St. Cloud, Minnesota, who invoked the name of Jesus Christ three times during the prayer and referred to Christianity on several occasions.