Time's Scar— Music Composed for Video Games

As  some of you will already know, not only is there lots of money in the video game industry, there are lots of subsidiary industries that now depend on it--- one of which is the music industry.  Original compositions are being composed to accompany this video game or that video game,  and my alert  Xbox son  the computer  dude sent me the following sample of some of the music at the PAX convention in Boston this past week which he and his fiancee Emily attended.      I have to say--- this is pr … [Read more...]

A New Review of Roman Numerals


As  most of you know,  my wife and I are writing a series of seven Christian thrillers,  and a new review of the second Art West adventure,  Roman Numerals  has just appeared, giving the book four stars.   Here is the review...Roman numerals is the second Art West adventure from Ben and Ann Witherington. Ben is a prolific and widely respected biblical scholar who has written widely in new testament history, exegesis and theology. Ann is his biology-professor wife. And together they have … [Read more...]

Thoughts for the Day


According to scientific studies, in an average day, a person will have no less than 3,000 thoughts.   Think of that for a moment.   One wonders in an age of short attention spans if this number is increasing.   3,000 thoughts.   If it is even partially true that as a person thinks, so they are,  we must be a lot of different things.    One also wonders how many of these 3,000 thoughts occur in dreams.    One of the things that happens to me, from time time,  is I will wake up in the middle of the … [Read more...]

Is' the Lincoln Lawyer' a Lawyer like Lincoln?

It is fair to say that Matthew McConaughhey has made his fair share of weak chick flicks.   This is definitely not one of them.  This movie is slick, involves a good courtroom drama, and has various twists and turns.  One could say that this is the best drama Matthew has ever done, and he is rightly getting some recognition for his acting in this film.   The film as well has an excellent supporting cast.   One could have wished for more of a part for the splendid Marisa Tomei.    William Macy and … [Read more...]

And Now— The Case for Permanent Residence in Hell


One of the things Rob Bell’s book Love Wins seems to suggest is that there may be a get out of jail free card for those who go to Hell (not necessarily in a handbasket).   He argues this case on the basis of the great love of God for all human beings,  but at the same time he argues that love woos, rather than makes an offer one can’t refuse.  In other words, there is some internal  incoherence to that kind of argument.   If you are going to say that love is freely given and freely received, then … [Read more...]

Truro Church— and Mosby's Raiders!

Here is an assortment of shots from my time at Truro Church in Fairfax Va.   The silver tree is actually next to the National Gallery in D.C. but I couldn't get it into the last post.   The shot of Civil War soldiers is of Mosby's Raiders at the Fairfax Courthouse barely a block from Truro Church.  If you look at the main sanctuary picture below and just to the right of it you will see  the William Gunnell house where, the story goes,  General Stanton of the Union army was sleeping one night, whe … [Read more...]

Matthew 10.28 — Why Annihilationism is not Universalism


One of my brightest former students who now pastors in Wisconsin  Facebooked me (that really ought not to be a verb any more than 'friend' is a verb)  asking about Matthew 10.28.   Doesn't this text, he asked, favor the view of eternal torment?   The text literally reads "Do not fear those who can kill the body but cannot kill the psuchen. Fear rather the one who is able to destroy  (apolesai) both body and psuchen in Gehenna."    Here we have yet another stern saying of Jesus about Gehenna.   Je … [Read more...]

A Master Class in Art– the New Gauguin and Canalleto Exhibits in the National Gallery


'Ars Longa, vita brevis' goes the old Latin saying--- Art is long, life is short,  or better said, art lasts, but life doesn't.   It doesn't take long to realize the truth of this when you go and study the masters in the National Gallery in D.C.    There are two new excellent exhibits in the Gallery at present,  one on the work of  Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin  (1848-1903), a so-called post- Impressionist painter,  and another on Giovani Antonio Canal (1697-1768)  better known as  Canaletto.    We w … [Read more...]

And Now, Rob Bell's Rebuttal to Some Early Reviews

An alert student of mine, Jason Myers, pointed me to a rebuttal from Mars Hill Church -- you can read it here.I find the endorsement from Eugene Peterson impressive - and Peterson explained his endorsement to Patheos' Timothy Dalrymple. … [Read more...]