Phenomenal Phenomenology

Phenomenology is the study of how things appear, not necessarily how they are. On any given day on earth, the sun appears to set on the horizon, often in spectacular fashion. In fact of course, what is happening is the earth is rotating on its axis. What makes the sunset spectacular in some cases is pollution, dust or soot clouds more evident at the horizon make the sunsets more red or orange, and of course there is the further illusion that the sun gets bigger or closer to us at the horizon. … [Read more...]

The Hatfields and McCoys– a Kentucky Story

Pikeville is a long way from Lexington, hard on the West Virginia border near the Big Sandy (and the Tug) River. Most everyone in America at one time or another has heard of the phrase 'like the Hatfields and the McCoys' as a euphemism for an ongoing, festering family feud, or have even used the phrase 'the real McCoy', not knowing where it probably came from. Well the McCoys were from the Kentucky side of the river, not so the Hatfields so we are talking about an inter-state squabble, which … [Read more...]

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)

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

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

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...]