“Who will stand?”

A building at Princeton

  He'll be denounced, mocked, ridiculed, and derided for this: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/who-will-stand Of course he will. But that virtually inevitable reaction is actually part of what he's talking about. And I don't fear for him:  Robbie George is very nearly as bright and certainly almost as courageous as the anonymous online mob that will shortly bare their fangs against hi … [Read more...]

The trouble with reality

Aerial view of suburban housing development

  I ran across this the other day: "The trouble with reality is that there's no background music."   … [Read more...]

New Testament 140

J'lem from Scopus

  John 5:1 is so short that I'll just give you the full text here, in both English and Greek: "After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem." Μετὰ ταῦτα ἦν ἑορτὴ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, καὶ ἀνέβη Ἰησοῦς εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα. I want to concentrate, simply, on the idea of "going up" to Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem is situated on a relatively high mountain ridge, with the Mediterranean coast to the west and the … [Read more...]

“You deserve Hillary’s bloodless, condescending campaign”

Westminster Coronation Chair

  Or, as the subtitle says, "We had it coming." http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/16/you-deserve-hillary-s-bloodless-condescending-campaign.html   … [Read more...]

New Testament 139

Mount Tabor from Mount Precipice

  Matthew 13:53-58Mark 6:1-6Luke 4:16-30Compare John 4:44; 6:42; 7:15; 10:39 1. To me, there are few passages of scripture more stirring than the description of Jesus' comments in the synagogue at Nazareth:  16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the bo … [Read more...]

“The fall of Ramadi would mean a devastating win for ISIS”

Ramadi in 2006

  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is on record as downplaying the military and symbolic significance of the battle for Ramadi.  Here's an alternate voice: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417112/fall-ramadi-would-mean-devastating-win-isis-tom-rogan   … [Read more...]

New Testament 138

Aerial view of Capernaum

  Matthew 9:18-26Mark 5:21-43Luke 8:40-56 These passages are interesting, structurally, because of the way in which they enclose an account of the healing of a woman with a hemorrhage (which I've already briefly discussed here) within the story of the healing of the daughter of Jairus. Very nearly four years ago, I published a column in the Deseret News on Carl Bloch's wonderful painting of the moment just before Jesus raised the little … [Read more...]

“My Father Was Gay. Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages”

O Canada!

  A Canadian voice that should probably be silenced and punished: http://dailysignal.com/2015/04/13/my-father-was-gay-why-i-oppose-legalizing-same-sex-marriage/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=saturday&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRojuKzMZKXonjHpfsX56e4sXaGwlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4GSMNlI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQrLBMa1ozrgOWxU%3D   … [Read more...]