The Avengers— with a Vengeance

images copy 42

The much anticipated, and now World Number One movie (grossing already a staggering one billion dollars), the Avengers has hit the movie screens in at three formats (2D, 3D, real 3D) and I will tell you now, you will do just as well to see it in 2D instead of 3D, unless you have real 3D. So much of Jos Whedon's first Marvel movie is shot in the dark that the dark 3D glasses make it frankly too dark to enjoy some of the crucial dark scenes. This is not a problem with the real 3D where the … [Read more...]

The New Journal on Text Criticism


Here is a useful reminder of online resources on text larry hurtadoOne of the growth areas in biblical studies of the last several decades has been textual criticism. This is certainly true for NT studies, and seems to me to be the case also in Hebrew OT and LXX studies. It is particularly encouraging that this growth in interest is represented among students and younger scholars in the field. As well, a wider public seem always interested in any developments.So, I … [Read more...]

Dr. Jim Charlesworth on Talpiot Tomb B

images copy 40

Dr. James Charlesworth is a distinguished member of the faculty at Princeton, and a fellow United Methodist in connection with the Western N.C. Conference. Jim is a friend and I have known him for years, and asked him to do a little Q and A to help clear up some of the misconceptions about the 'Patio' or Talpiot B tomb. I think you will find it enlightening. It reminds us that archaeological evidence is often quite ambiguous and equally good scholars can come to different, even diametrically … [Read more...]

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not be Ordained Clergy


Top 10 Reasons Why Men Shouldn’t Be Ordained(Kudos to Jason Jackson for this).10. A man’s place is in the army. 9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent. 8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work. 7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototy … [Read more...]

Tom Wright sings Bob Dylan

[Read more...]

Palm Sunday Sermon


Here is the link to my Palm Sunday sermon---- … [Read more...]

The New Cambridge History of the Bible

Here's an update from Larry Hurtado.... New Cambridge History of the Bible by larryhurtadoThe morning post today included a flyer announcing the publication of the first two (of four) volumes of the New Cambridge History of the Bible by Cambridge University Press (CUP). Those familiar with the Cambridge History of the Bible (CHB, a three-volume set published 1963-1970) will especially welcome this thorough-going new version of that classic and valuable work.Volume 1 = The Bible … [Read more...]

Translation Hysteria

BW0486- Crape Myrtle - Corinth

(The following is a helpful post by Larry Hurtado.  It also reminds us that it is possible for Evangelicals to look really stupid when they over-react to something without doing fact check first).I've just been alerted to the latest hysterical reaction to translating the NT. (Of course, the week isn't over yet, so we could get something else by Friday!) In the new translation called The Voice Bible (Thomas Nelson Publishers), the choice was made to go for a more dynamic translation of … [Read more...]

The Cardinal Virtues


Big ole bulbous spider sat on the window screen.....Along came the cardinal and wiped the window clean....(N.B. This is an Asbury cardinal, not a Catholic one).Thanks to Justin for the pics from our classroom window today !! … [Read more...]