Woman in Gold–Helen Mirren Shines Brightly


Last summer Ann and I went to Austria so I could give a lecture at the International SBL meeting. It was mostly just an excuse to go see a beautiful European city and see some friends there and in Prague. Everywhere we went, we saw trinkets, pictures, posters, of the art work of Gustav Klimt especially his portrait, 'The Kiss'. At the time, we knew nothing about a new movie starring Helen Mirren which had just been filmed in Austria and the U.S. telling the remarkable tale of how Maria Bloch … [Read more...]

Twilight of the Rock Gods?– Not so Much if you ask Toto

a href="http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/bibleandculture/files/2015/04/toto14.jpg">It is an odd phenomena, but nonetheless true, that while the influence of rock n' roll on its birthplace (the good ole USA) has certainly waned over the last two decades, and replaced on the charts by an odd mixture of rap, hip hop, countrifried pop, and the like, rock n'roll is alive and well in the Eurozone, including in Scandavia as well. Of the bands which I would call third or fourth wave rock … [Read more...]

Interview on the James Ossuary

http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/mornings/One-expert-says-Jesus-had-brother-298628121.html … [Read more...]

Be Careful, It’s a Leopard eat Alligator World out there…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH6gR4wlBcI … [Read more...]

A.D. The Bible Continues— Part Four

It might be possible, through a mere reading of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' trials, to come to the conclusion that Pilate was not all bad as a procurator of the province of Judaea. But this is not the whole picture, as Josephus makes very clear indeed in his Antiquities and Jewish Wars. Pilate as anti-Semitic, and he was brutal. Two of his more infamous acts early on in his rule was the attempt to bring the Roman standards into the Temple courts in Jerusalem, and his appropriation of Temple … [Read more...]

A Fellowship of Differents


Ben: Scot it seems that I've been reading a lot of your recent offerings ranging from Jesus is Lord, and little Caesar is not, (it's a pizza), to your book on the Kingdom, and most recently to A Fellowship of Differents (Zondervan, 2014), a book on the nature of the church. What has prompted all this recent useful productivity?Scot: Thanks Ben, and I appreciate your reading those books. In about 2000 I made a decision that I wanted to write for the church as well as the academy. Because of … [Read more...]

The Way of the Wesleys– An Excellent Primer


I've been reading Wesleyana materials for most of my life. I'm a cradle Methodist, and someday I suppose I'll be a grave Methodist. I've read all sorts of books on John Wesley and on Wesleyan theology. In my opinion the very best short introduction to the theology, ethics, and praxis of the Wesley has now finally emerged! It's very readable, it focuses on the views of both John and Charles Wesley, and unlike many studies sticks almost exclusively to the primary sources with lots of judicious … [Read more...]

Remember the Winter of our Discontent?


[Read more...]

The Minions are Coming, the Minions are Coming!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmESgyBQ6Bk … [Read more...]