Into India– Part Two


On a sunny Saturday we managed to get off from teaching and headed for the hills. And these are some hills--- the Himalayas to be specific. Actually we only made it to the top of the first range of the Himalayas to a town called Mussoorie (pronounced like the State). This is a resort town, full of back-packers and tourists as well as plenty of natives. And you have to have a professional driver to drive up those hills, as they are all S curves and mostly one lane. I'll leave to your … [Read more...]

Into India— Part One


I went off to India near the beginning of January to teach for a few weeks and see a few sites, since I've never been there before. Because the Christian college I was teaching at has had legal problems due to harassment from Hindus, I'll not be mentioning the name of the school. But you'll hear about those activities in a later post.Perhaps it will be well to share a few facts. India is the world's largest democracy.... by a lot. It has a billion and a half people in a land mass … [Read more...]

Leptis Magna– A Greco-Roman City of the Biblical Era

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Dallas Buyer’s Club– Caveat Emptor


For those of us who lived through the 80s paranoia over HIV and AIDS, this movies reopens a festering wound in America's soul. Who remembers Ryan White, stigmatized and kept out of school because he got a tainted blood transfusion? Who remembers when hysteria even went so far as to having officials suggesting that merely touching people with AIDS could give you the disease, and for a while professional sports figures were prepared to say they would not play with someone who had AIDS? Who … [Read more...]

The Vatican’s Top Ten Pop Albums of all Time


The following was a release by Daniel J. Wakin in the NY Times, after the Vatican released its list of Greatest Pop Hits, or was that Pope Hits? Boo, hiss to the final snarky comment about Bob Dylan."The official newspaper of the Holy See, L’Osservatore Romano, has published what it called a “semi-serious” guide to the Top 10 pop albums of all time. In first place was the Beatles’ “Revolver.” The next was “If I Could Only Remember My Name,” David Crosby’s first solo album, followed by Pin … [Read more...]

It’s Been an H of a Winter This Year


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America Goes to Pot


No doubt you've heard about how Colorado now has marijuana for sale over the counter quite legally. No doubt as well, you can imagine cash strapped individuals, cities, and states salivating over the possibilities of making good money off of such sales. Why there are testimonials all over the place about how harmless, or alternately helpful marijuana can be, and not just for medicinal purposes when you are in pain. It's supposed to unwind your mind, and re-thread your head in good ways, and … [Read more...]

Emotionally UnHelpful and Unhealthy Spirituality


Here is an excellent post by my friend Dr. James Howell. See what you think. BW3 -----Emotionally Un-Healthy SpiritualityDuring my lifetime, we the people have become far more attuned to healthy eating. We care about how the food was processed, how it's prepared, and the impact on our bodies, now and over a lifetime.So how odd then that when it comes to our spiritual life, we gobble up spiritualities that are maybe quick, readily available, easy and even cheap! There is a lot … [Read more...]

The Apostolic Fathers– Helpful Editions


Here below is a helpful post by Larry Hurtado. He does not mention what I would consider the best Intro to getting into the Fathers, namely my former GCTS classmate Rod Whitacre's Patristic Greek Reader published in 2007 by Baker, but otherwise this is a helpful summary. I should also add, that new unpublished works by Lightfoot, including essays on the Apostolic Fathers, will soon be forthcoming from yours truly and Todd Still under the title The Lightfoot Legacy. Stay tuned. ----The … [Read more...]