A.D. The Bible Continues– Episode One


The first episode of A.D. starts off with a bang, with the trial of Jesus. Having seen several episodes in advance, I can tell you there are some strong portrayals in this series by the actors playing Pilate, Caiaphas, Peter, Mary Magdalene, Jesus' mother, Saul, and others. Because the first series is actually only covering a couple of the last chapters in the Gospels, and then a bit more than a quarter of Acts, we are in for some depth portrayals in this series in a way that was not possible … [Read more...]

Miryam’s Tale


(N.B. this is my own picture of the painting by Nikolas Ge)I came prepared to smell death, and the stench of decay. The tomb however was in a garden, and the first thing that I did in fact smell was lilies, and so many lilies it was intoxicating. It was still dark and chilly as is often the case in early April here in the Judean hills. I had been thinking about going back to Galilee after the horrors at Golgotha, but something kept me here, a vague hope his story was not over. I got … [Read more...]

On the Eve of the Final Four— A Great Tribute to a Great Christian, Dean Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMInnR987w4If you don't have time for this whole thing, listen to Dave Chadwick's opening invocation, and it will tell you what kind of person he was, and why he meant so much to my father, my whole family, and especially me. Enjoy! BW3 … [Read more...]

A.D. The Bible Continues– The Epic Begins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSoFbndq0xshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-gzIbEQxQkStarting on Easter Sunday night, tomorrow night, and for twelve Sunday nights thereafter, the story of the early church will be told in considerable detail, beginning with the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection and then working through early Christian history. The first series climaxes on Father's Day and it is intimated that if this series does well, there will be more next year. Unlike the … [Read more...]

God’s Friday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI8ppnEJVAgOn Good Friday the skies wept, They just opened up and torrential rains came down. Flooding the creeks, the brooks, the streams. The rivulets became rivers, the rivers became swollen, The lands disappeared, surrendered their hold to the rivers. The ground under our feet, which once we took as forever firm and reliable and a place to stand, washed away.The odd thing was we were washed clean, while the dirt, the sod was washed away, as if … [Read more...]

Computer Generated Essays based on Random Words


Those folks at www.elsewhere.org must not have much to do. So they've invented a program that will randomly pick words to generate an essay that sounds somewhat coherent. No kidding! Try out for example www.elsewhere.org/pomo,.... or the essay below.Sadly, I've read less coherent essays than the follows at the schools where I've taught....1. Expressions of rubiconIf one examines expressionism, one is faced with a choice: either reject textual sublimation or conclude that … [Read more...]

Doctoral Thesis Defense

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrlro3YJ15o#t=160 … [Read more...]

The Dove Keepers— Masada from the Back Side


In 1981, on ABC there was a multi-part mini-series entitled Masada, starring the magnificent Peter O'Toole and Peter Strauss. It was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and won several. It was also filmed on location at Masada. When I made my first true trip to Israel in 1985, I went to Masada, and the remnants of the seige engines built for the filming were still there below the giant butte overlooking the Dead Sea. The story called 'Masada' without question is told from a man's point of view, and … [Read more...]

Fools— April or Otherwise


"The fool says in his heart, there is no god......". Whether we are aware of it or not 'the fool', like 'the sluggard' or 'the sage/wise man' are stock characters in early Jewish wisdom literature. They occur for instance in Proverbs, sometimes in personified form (see Prov. 9-- Lady Folly), but more often just as a type of person, and some would say a stereotype. It occurred to me that it might be well to rehearse what the Bible says about 'the fool', because of course we have lots of modern … [Read more...]