The picture here is the view from atop Mt. Nimrud in Turkey.  It is an uncommon view, and something uncommon has happened in the world of modern Evangelical Seminaries— one of them has picked an official translation to use in all its classes—- the Common English Translation.   This translation is deliberately simply much like the old TEV or NIV and concentrates on readability for almost any audience. My only real beef with it is that it messes up the phrase… Read more

The twittersphere has been all abuzz about Mr. Camping’s prediction that the rapture is happening on May 21rst.  One response was — Weather Forecast for Saturday—- ‘Doomy with a Chance of Rapture’.    Unfortunately,  Mr. Camping is about to be proved a false prophet twice over (yes, he already went down this road once in 1994 or so, but we have such short attention spans that we’ve forgotten that). Here are my top ten reasons why you should pay exactly… Read more

I am not generally into over-hyped testosterone driven films such as the Fast and Furious franchise.   I know actors who have more acting ability in their little finger than Vin Diesel (soon to change his name to Vin Hybrid) and Dwayne Rock Johnson.   The scenario of fast cars, fast women, fast action, fast camera cuts,  large biceps, large other body parts and so on, being splashed continually across the screen is all too familiar and the formula is tired,… Read more

Here is another post from my friend Larry Hurtado’s blog.  See what you think.  What follows is verbatim from Larry. ————- Having used the expression “ancient Jewish monotheism” in the sub-title of my 1988 book (One God, One Lord:  Early Christian Devotion and Ancient Jewish Monotheism), it’s been interesting thereafter to note the apparently rising interest in “monotheism” in ancient religion.  E.g., there is now a programme unit on the topic in the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, and… Read more

Thanks to James Foster for the idea to find this longer clip on YouTube from the spring ACM program. Read more

If you have not had a chance to see “Of Gods and Men,” the winner of all sorts of film prizes, including the Grand Prix at Cannes, you should drop everything and watch it, and all the more so when Osama bin Laden has just been murdered.  Yes, I said murdered.  When an unarmed civilian, criminal or not,  is killed rather than captured, that would be murder.  Yes I realize he is responsible for many many murders.  Yes I realize… Read more

Here is an interesting list of top films.   See which ones you have seen.  I’ve seen 94 of them. Which of these American Film Institute top 100 films in 100 years have you seen? The Wizard of Oz 1,211,228 votes Forrest Gump 1,145,828 votes Snow White 983,258 votes Toy Story 869,696 votes E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 767,760 votes Titanic 758,760 votes The Sound Of Music 603,418 votes The Sixth Sense 593,295 votes Raiders of the Lost Ark 548,867 votes The… Read more

At the end of the day When the shadows fall And your guard is down And you hear sleep call Will you give a thought To what you’ve done, And what you should have Under the Son. Will you tell the truth As the night closes in And admit your failings Admit your sin. Or will you just roll over Let the moment pass Assume all’s well Close your eyes at last. When you say yours prayers And turn off… Read more

Norse mythology is in some ways predictable.  Of course they imagined Frost gods.    When you live in a region regularly prone to weather like the inside of a freezer locker,  you imagine really cool deities– literally  (cue now Foreigner singing ‘You’re cold as ice…’)!   These guys give Jack Frost a bad name. And of course the weapon of choice in a frozen solid world has got to be a massive hammer— nothing else could smash through all that ice…. Read more

Norse mythology is in some ways predictable.  Of course they imagined Frost gods.    When you live in a region regularly prone to weather like the inside of a freezer locker,  you imagine really cool deities– literally  (cue now Foreigner singing ‘You’re cold as ice…’)!   These guys give Jack Frost a bad name. And of course the weapon of choice in a frozen solid world has got to be a massive hammer— nothing else could smash through all that ice…. Read more

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