The Advent of Advent


(This nice picture from St. John's Bible used by permission)(Here is a nice summary about Advent from Wiki-- accessed Nov. 15 2011) Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming") is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, called Levavi. The Eastern churches' equivalent of Advent is … [Read more...]

Grisham Tries the Rope a Dope Strategy—’The Litigators’


Remember Mohammed Ali? Remember his rope a dope strategy to beat George Foreman? He would simply cover up, lean back on the ropes, and eventually Foreman punched himself out. It was masterfully done, and at the time the commentators were going berserk thinking Ali was simply giving up...... that is until all of a sudden Ali landed the knock out punches.Reading 'the Litigators' is rather like watching that fight, or like watching a pot come to a boil. It seems to take forever, and then … [Read more...]

When is the Bible Literal?

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When is the Bible not Literal?


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Hobbits Ahead of Schedule

The hobbit production has moved over to Dunedin, to set up shop at Takaka Hill. Over the weekend, hundreds of hobbit cast members and crew were seen arriving at the Dunedin International airport.  Actual locations of filming have been kept hush hush, but there have been many hobbit witnesses within the towns of Queenstown and Middlemarch.Trucks hauling equipment have been seen near the top of Takaka Hill, leading to believe production shop has found a home for the next few months.  T … [Read more...]

Memento Mori


MEMENTO MORI (for my father on the third anniversary of his passing)‘I found myself on a field of war A gun held in my hand The enemy approached I fired upon the man’.‘He fell to earth like a great stone I ran to see him fall And when I turned him over I heard the funeral pall’.'I looked into his glassy eyes Afraid of what I’d see A shock of recognition The man lying there was me'.“Any man’s death diminishes me For I’m part of the human race” The truth was plain as day … [Read more...]

Signs of the Times

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Sign over a Gynecologist's Office:"Dr. Jones, at your cervix." ************************** In a Podiatrist's office: "Time wounds all heels." ************************** On a Septic Tank Truck: Yesterday's Meals on Wheels ************************** At a Proctologist's door: "To … [Read more...]

Hugo— This is the Best, Skip the Rest


There are good children's films, and there are good films about children, and this movie is definitely the latter rather than the former. It has been hailed as an instant classic, and not without reason. Of the holiday films thus far out, this one outshines all the rest by a very wide margin.Martin Scorsese is of course known as one of the most skilled and talented directors of films of this or any other era. What he has never attempted before is a film that involves both CG and Three … [Read more...]

Recent Historical Jesus Discussion

“Historical Jesus” Debate: An Unexamined Premise? by larryhurtado (WHAT FOLLOWS IS A POST BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE LARRY HURTADO)The latest issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus arrived earlier this week, a special issue devoted to the topic of what contribution "Evangelical" scholars might be able to make to the on-going discussion.  It will be interesting to see what the various authors (who include prominent "Evangelical" scholars and also a cou … [Read more...]