The Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

(This apparently was written in preparation for Drake’s sailing to the west coast of South America) Disturb us, Lord, when We are too pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when With the abundance of things we possess We have lost our thirst For the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life, We have ceased to… Read more

Finding Jesus—- the Final Episode

The final episode of Finding Jesus focuses on Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus. Of course, ever since the Da Vinci Code there has been no end of speculation about the nature of this relationship. There are of course mysteries along the way as we study Mary’s story. Why exactly does she just disappear from the pages of the NT after Easter morning? One interesting suggestion made in this last episode of Finding Jesus is that she was an… Read more

Furious 7– From Cars to Cartoons

Americans of course have a love affair with the car. Not too surprising since we helped invent them. So, its also not too surprising that they love movies where the cars are the real stars, ranging from cartoons like the animated Pixar film ‘Cars’ to the seven Fast and Furious films. You don’t go to such films expecting Shakespearean quality acting or lines. You expect fast cars, races, car stunts, and if the movie also aspires to be a thriller… Read more

A.D. The Bible Continues– Episode One

The first episode of A.D. starts off with a bang, with the trial of Jesus. Having seen several episodes in advance, I can tell you there are some strong portrayals in this series by the actors playing Pilate, Caiaphas, Peter, Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ mother, Saul, and others. Because the first series is actually only covering a couple of the last chapters in the Gospels, and then a bit more than a quarter of Acts, we are in for some depth… Read more

Miryam’s Tale

(N.B. this is my own picture of the painting by Nikolas Ge) I came prepared to smell death, and the stench of decay. The tomb however was in a garden, and the first thing that I did in fact smell was lilies, and so many lilies it was intoxicating. It was still dark and chilly as is often the case in early April here in the Judean hills. I had been thinking about going back to Galilee after the horrors… Read more

On the Eve of the Final Four— A Great Tribute to a Great Christian, Dean Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMInnR987w4 If you don’t have time for this whole thing, listen to Dave Chadwick’s opening invocation, and it will tell you what kind of person he was, and why he meant so much to my father, my whole family, and especially me. Enjoy! BW3 Read more

A.D. The Bible Continues– The Epic Begins

Starting on Easter Sunday night, tomorrow night, and for twelve Sunday nights thereafter, the story of the early church will be told in considerable detail, beginning with the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection and then working through early Christian history. The first series climaxes on Father’s Day and it is intimated that if this series does well, there will be more next year. Unlike the scope of ‘The Bible’ films done for the History Channel, this series covers much… Read more

God’s Friday

On Good Friday the skies wept, They just opened up and torrential rains came down. Flooding the creeks, the brooks, the streams. The rivulets became rivers, the rivers became swollen, The lands disappeared, surrendered their hold to the rivers. The ground under our feet, which once we took as forever firm and reliable and a place to stand, washed away. The odd thing was we were washed clean, while the dirt, the sod was washed away, as if God’s tears… Read more

Computer Generated Essays based on Random Words

Those folks at www.elsewhere.org must not have much to do. So they’ve invented a program that will randomly pick words to generate an essay that sounds somewhat coherent. No kidding! Try out for example www.elsewhere.org/pomo,…. or the essay below. Sadly, I’ve read less coherent essays than the follows at the schools where I’ve taught…. 1. Expressions of rubicon If one examines expressionism, one is faced with a choice: either reject textual sublimation or conclude that language serves to exploit minorities…. Read more

Doctoral Thesis Defense

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