Aha! Praha– The Prague Report– Part Four

While most Christians are familiar with the Protestant Reformation vis a vis what happened in Germany, Switzerland, and England, they are largely unaware of Jan Hus, and the reformation he undertook in highly Catholic eastern Europe. So first the statue, and then the history. Here is the memorial to Jan Hus who was executed for heresy July 6th 1415.Hus, as you will see, was educated in Prague, and was very much taken with the writings and views of Wycliffe, which is what got him into … [Read more...]

Aha! Praha– The Prague Report Part Three

Like many eastern European cities, there was a large Jewish population in the city prior to the Holocaust in WWII, and the sending off of millions to the concentration camps, of which there were two in Czechoslavakia. What you see in Praha then are old synagogues, mostly museums these days, though there is still some Jewish presence in this city. Here are pictures of three such famous synagogues in Praha.Clearly from the size and design of these synagogues, the Jews in Praha were a thriving … [Read more...]

A Hippocratic Hero—- ‘Big Hero Six’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IdMPpKMdccPerhaps you will remember Hippocrates (not to be confused with hypocrites), one of the fathers of medicine. Hippocrate's motto was 'do no harm' and so promote health and well-being. There are not too many, indeed, I can hardly remember any super hero movies where violence, destruction, and death are NOT bathed in the rhetoric about glory, about self-sacrifice, indeed about a certain sort of heroism. This movie, Big Hero Six, is of a decidedly … [Read more...]

The Minions are Coming, the Minions are Coming!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8hxFE7RpSg … [Read more...]

Aha! Praha– The Prague Report Part Two

I'm hoping that it will not come as a great shock to you that there are two sides to the Vtlava/Moldau river, and in Praha one side has more of the old city...see above and one side has more of the new city....So to get around in this very large city of 1.25 million people, we took the usual trams... Walking tours are grand, but man cannot live on touring alone, so we stopped for a nice lunch in an old Czech restaurant which served--- wait for it, pork butt on a spit! The Czech … [Read more...]

Logos Course on all of Johannine Literature Going Live!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtICERHfFwQI have taped a full course on Johannine literature (the Gospel the Epistles, the Revelation). The course is listed as NT221, and here is a link to it. I bring this up now, because the pre-order price is much cheaper than when it goes live on Nov. 14th, so this is your window of opportunity to get it not only while it is hot, but before it becomes more expensive...... Here's the info....The product page is here: … [Read more...]

Aha! Praha— The Prague Report Part One

The proper transliterated name of the city is Praha, but Westerners have called it Prague forever, and so we will call it both. After the SBL conference in Vienna (which we shall get back to in due course) at the beginning of July, we took the train to Praha, about four hours by slow train from Vienna (which is actually Wien as in Wiener Schnitzel and Wieners (hot dogs etc.). As in Vienna, we had an Asbury graduate, Jennifer Alexander, whom you will see in due course, who is doing ministry in … [Read more...]

Albertina II

The thing about a good quality museum is that you can linger and appreciate it all, without the 'glazed over' effect of being in a huge museum where you simply can't take it all in, and as a result you race from one room to the next looking for key items. This is not an issue at the Albertina. Impressionism was for the most part killed off by the First World War, and what replaced it was Cubism and Abstract art among other things. This museum has a small sampling of the latter, but a clear … [Read more...]

Impressionism in the Albertina

While there are many fine museums to be explored in Vienna, if you are a fan of the paintings of the Impressionists, then you will want to go to the Albertina across from the Mozart cafe and the Opera House in central Vienna. Here's what you are looking for.....The museum is perhaps most famous for the most famous of all modern Austrian paintings--- Gustav Klimmt's The Kiss.....But it is the permanent loan exhibit of a private collection of Impressionist art (and Cubist and … [Read more...]