October 3, 2018

In contrast to the endless recycling of oldie goldies by Three Dog Night etc. Paul McCartney is an example of the opposite end of the spectrum— endless creativity and new songs. This is truly remarkable for someone who could easily rest on his laurels…and what a large bed of laurels he has to rest on since the early 1960s. But no….. Sir Paul must Ram On. Now it has to be admitted that Paul’s voice isn’t all it used to… Read more

October 2, 2018

A-J Levine and I have done something that is unprecedented and unique— a commentary on a Christian Gospel by a Jew and a Christian together. Now we offer two podcasts on the commentary. See what you think…. Read more

October 1, 2018

Went to see what’s left of 3 Dog Night at the beautiful EKU Centre for the Performing Arts… The venue by itself is worth seeing. What’s left of 3 Dog Night is Danny Hutton, because Cory died in 2015, and Chuck Negron after becoming clean and sober in the late 80s or early 90s did not rejoin the band. The band does still include a couple of the original band members who were not any of the original 3 lead… Read more

September 30, 2018

Einstein was certainly very quotable. We’ve already mentioned his ‘God doesn’t play dice’ And some of the anecdotes about his exchanges are worth repeating, like the story of when Einstein and Chaim Weizmann (later to be President of Israel) were on the boat to NY from Europe, and Weizmann was asked ‘do you understand Einstein’s theory of relativity?’ to which Weizmann replied “Every day on the boat Albert has been explaining the theory to me and I am now completely… Read more

September 29, 2018

This is now the third gargantuan and well researched biographies I’ve read over this summer written by Walter Isaacson. This one clocks in, counting notes etc. at 700 pages, and involves a ton of explanation of relativity theory, E=MC squared etc. It is not for the scientifically challenged, even as clearly as Walter writes. This biopic doesn’t have the flair or eloquence of the Ben Franklin one, nor the imaginative description of artistic technique as the Da Vinci biopic, but… Read more

September 28, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/opinion/christianity-bible-journalism.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage Marshall Allen is an interesting guy. Once a missionary in Africa, and a graduate of Fuller Seminary, he then became a journalist. In the article that you find the link to above, he explains how investigative journalism is not only consistent with his Christian faith, in fact there are many shared values, including honesty and the pursuit of facts and the truth about them. See what you think…… BW3 Read more

September 27, 2018

It has been said that revenge is a soup best served cold. Ah, but is there a difference between justice and revenge? It is also said that justice deferred is justice denied. But justice did not come for Adolph Eichmann for almost two decades after WWII ended in Germany. I was ten years old when the trial of Eichmann took place in Jerusalem, and no, I did not watch the trial, nor do I think did my father, who helped… Read more

September 26, 2018

There has been a lot of talk of late in my church, the UMC, about schism. How it is a sin, etc. etc. etc. This talk has usually come up in conjunction with the discussion of the ironically titled One Church Plan to resolve our difficulties, which rather than resolving them devolves them down to the Conference and local church level. So, perhaps it would be useful to talk about what the term schism actually means, theologically and ethically speaking…. Read more

September 25, 2018

The running joke in Chapel Hill for many aeons about the statue of a Confederate soldier (called Silent Sam) on the front lawn of UNC was that his musket was silent awaiting the first virgin to pass so he could fire his gun. This joke will no longer be part of the folk lore of UNC, because on the night of August 20, Silent Sam was pulled down from his pedestal by a group of protesting students, an illegal action,… Read more

September 24, 2018

What were Leonardo’s great works of art, and what did he add to that realm of creativity? First of all, Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and his The Last Supper are so iconic and influential, one could spend lots of blog posts touting their merits. One of the real strengths of Isaacson’s bio of Leonardo is detailed analysis of his paintings, the good, the great, and the unfinished. There are a variety of portraits he did, but none eclipsed the Mona Lisa,… Read more

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