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...]

More Grisham for your Mill


John Grisham is nothing if not prolific, but far be it from moi to complain about that, as it would be an example of the pot calling the kettle black. In recent years John has branched out into non-fiction, and more recently into teenage fiction with his Theo Boone kid lawyer series (now in its third iteration). Grisham is broadening his audience base, and perhaps creating new clientele for the future. I've now read two of the three teen novels, and they are quite good. Indeed, in some … [Read more...]

Academic Freedom and Evangelical Seminaries

Here is a very interesting post by Larry Hurtado. My own view is that Christian institutions which have statements of faith that faculty are expected to sign or affirm in order to teach there have every right to hold their faculty accountable for what they say and do, though this should be done in a fair and compassionate manner. The problem is, that too many institutions leave it up entirely to the administration to decide whether a faculty person should be let go or not, though some have … [Read more...]

The Holy Land in IMAX 3D

There is a film to be released in 2013 of which this clip is but a trailer.  Enjoy:  … [Read more...]

Hurtado’s Take on Douglas Campbell’s Tome


----------- Douglas Campbell’s “Rereading” of Paul by larry hurtadoIn an earlier posting I drew attention to the review of recent Pauline scholarship by Tom Wright in the latest issue of Expository Times (vol. 123,May 2012), and mentioned that the same issue contains a large article by Douglas Campbell in which he sets out to summarize and underscore key emphases of his massive tome, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009). Ca … [Read more...]

The Origins of Ethiopian Christianity

Here is a fine NY Times article about the origins of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia. … [Read more...]

What the Bible Says about Women

See this post about a podcast interview on the Bible and women. … [Read more...]

Spirited Discourse on God’s Gender


Spirited Discourse about God Language in the New Testament (this is an expanded form of a recent article that I did for BAR).In John 4, in his discussion with the Samaritan woman, Jesus has some profound things to say about the nature of worship, and indeed about the nature of God, and the connection between the two. Here are the words attributed to Jesus himself: “the hour is coming and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father s … [Read more...]

The Yard Sale

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THE YARD SALEThe soldiers with their dice Gambled for his clothes, A sort of ancient yard sale The victim they’d expose.And as I stood out in the rain The hoards came in due course To buy our daughter’s precious things And bargain without remorse,It seemed to me as I watched A spectacle inhumane The rag-pickers didn’t care Whose loss had brought their gain. In one sense it surely seemed She left a piece at a time Not for thirty silver coins, They haggled over … [Read more...]