Bonum Novum Annum

BONUM NOVUM ANNUMWhy is new important If old can do the job?Why a cause to celebrate Or perchance to sob?Thank Julius for the calendar It didn’t come from God.It seems so strange we celebrate The arbitrary and odd.Janus at least was two-faced He looked back and ahead.But we seem to like it better If we consider the old year dead.And even the numbered year itself Comes from a short monk’s error.Jesus’ birth did not transpire After Herod’s death and terror. … [Read more...]

How to Solve our Problems— A New Years Solution

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What ‘Big Eyes’ You Have! who lived through the 60s will remember the haunting paintings of children with enormous eyes. And almost none of them will know the story behind the paintings--- until now, thanks to Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, and surprisingly, Tim Burton who has produced a whole series of strange and wonderful movies----Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong with America?– Bill Clinton Offers some Analysis we head to the New Year, one thing we need more of in America is thoughtful discussion on major issues that trouble our society. We need less polemics, less propaganda, less shouting, less shock jocks on radio or TV, less ideologically driven news from whatever perspective, and more real dialogue, rather than posturing.Here is a link to a thoughtful discussion on race and guns and … [Read more...]

Another Year—- Another Birthday

"There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why." ---William Barclay"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."---Voltaire"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"---Satchel Paige (famous baseball pitcher who was famously elusive or uncertain about his own age, perhaps so he could keep pitching professionally)."The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose … [Read more...]

The Imitation Game– Indeceipherably Good!"It's the person one imagines can hardly do anything, that end up doing something no one has yet imagined." This is the leitmotif of 'The Imitation Game', a very fine film indeed which is receiving all kinds of award nominations during this season.We seem to love our stories about socially awkward, eccentric, geniuses. Interestingly, the two most memorable roles that Benedict Cumberbatch has thus far played both involve such persons--- the … [Read more...]

Enemies at Home– A Novel by Lindsey Davis

I've been a Lindsey Davis fan for a very long time. Of the truly excellent novelists about the Roman Republic and the Empire, Coleen McCullough, Stephen Saylor, and Lindsey Davis, none of them are as clever and add as much humor to the telling of the tale as Lindsey Davis. None cook up the atmosphere or ethos of the era any better than her either. I've read all twenty or so of the Marcus Didius Falco novels and loved them all. Reading Davis is a painless way to learn what life in ancient … [Read more...]

Fresh Light on Paul— Two Resources

Of the making of books about Paul there is no end, but that doesn't mean there don't continue to be valuable ones produced. In fact, I am planning on doing a second updated version of my own Paul Quest book with a collaborator before long, but for now, I have two books to suggest to you which are both entry level texts on Paul, surveying his life, letters, and his thought. Both are beautifully illustrated and with useful maps. One is a little under 300 pages and one is right at 400 pages. The … [Read more...]

The Bible and its Difficulties– Part Two

Here is the second in the series of videos I did with Dr. Michael Halcomb, my former doctoral student. This one is on the Bible and History. … [Read more...]