In the Loop—- Looper


There haven't been many sci-fi thrillers of late to write home about. O.K. Super 8 was not terrible, but that was a while ago. Nothing as rich or stark or dark as Blade Runner has shown up in a long time. We seem to prefer cuddly aliens or angst ridden ones that deserve our empathy, these days. Looper however is a different kind of film. A time travel film, a back from the future film.The basic premise of this one hour and 58 minute R rated film (brief and partial female nudity, … [Read more...]

What Historical Jesus Research Sometimes Seems like— the Beatles rediscovered 1,000 years from Now

A History Channel Documentary from the Future: Beatles 3000 -- powered by … [Read more...]

Why Larry Wayne Jones Jr. is Going to Cooperstown as Well as the Playoffs (one last time)

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Two big things happened for me in 1995-- I moved to Lexington Ky. and Chipper Jones became the everyday All Star third baseman for the Braves. I have watched his whole career, and there is a reason he's a first ballot Hall of Famer. In an age of juiced players, Chipper always did it the right way, the hard way.The following is Jayson Stark's wonderful summary of what Chipper has achieved as an offensive star. Hardly anyone has been more clutch than him in the last 18 years. It's been a … [Read more...]

Turkey by Air— the Land of St. Paul

Here is an excellent overview of many of the Biblical and Greco-Roman and church historical sites in Turkey (and lots more besides). The music is a bit annoying, but watch the pictures anyway. … [Read more...]

Family First!— Not a Biblical Viewpoint


I like families as much as the next person, indeed, I love my own birth and marriage families a lot. I've been married for over 35 years, and I see that as a good thing. And in a world where there are a lot of dysfunctional families, broken families single parent families, extended families, it is understandable that there might be a colossal over-reaction to this broken reality by conservative religious folk who highly value the physical family. This sort of over-reaction can be seen amongst … [Read more...]

A Maxie-ism for Today

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Thought for the Day: 'If you're all wrapped up in yourself, it's bound to be a small package.' Maxie Dunnam … [Read more...]

A Moment of Grace— Nine Months Out

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Nine months after the funeral, things begin to settle down a bit. The memories of the crisis itself begin to fade. You begin to worry that your memories of your daughter will grow dim. But then God intervenes and does something about it.My wife has been on a major house cleaning kick in preparation for household renovations. This included cleaning out Christy's closet. The purple girl was, like her grandmother, a collector of 'stuff' all kinds of stuff. But what Ann found was … [Read more...]

Here we Go Again— Karen King Unveils ‘Jesus’ Wife’


I enjoy fairy tales as much as the next person (see the picture on the right), and some of the best fictional early Christian stories from the late second through the early fourth century are Gnostic fairy tales. It would appear that someone has found a fragment of such a tale and handed it to Harvard Professor Karen King. Here is the link to the NY times article----- My caution would be as … [Read more...]

Margaret Mitchell’s Paul, The Corinthians, and the Birth of Hermeneutics Part Three


Towards the end of Margaret Mitchells book (at the beginning of what was her final lecture), Margaret cites a person who has been her regular dialogue partner in this book--- Gregory of Nyssa. Here is what he says (cited on page 95):"One could collect from the rest of the prophetic corpus countless examples in addition to these of the necessity of the 'theoria'[i.e. contemplative]-reading that accords with the sense of the words. If the 'theoria' is rejected however, as pleases some people, … [Read more...]