A Test it is Better to Fail

Rachel Held Evans blogged about the story of Abraham trying to sacrifice Isaac, on the same day that I was scheduled to speak to a group of local artists about the story. She said what I personally consider the most appropriate response: I’d like to think that even if those demands thundered from the heavens [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Whatever the Case May Be

This episode begins with Sawyer and Kate going for a swim, and finding two corpses still in their seats from the plane, at the bottom of a lake, and with a case (hence the title) under the seat that Kate says is hers, but then admits is not. In Kate’s flashbacks, we see her involvement [Read More...]

Can You Help Sort Out Columbia’s Students?

Matthew Morgenstern shared the above screenshot on Facebook. I searched online and found that Columbia University is looking for a lot of faculty who specialize in discipline. I guess their students in general must be really out of control, and not just the Hebrew-speaking ones!   [Read more...]

JJMJS

The word has been spreading that there is a new open access journal, the Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting. That the first issue has appeared during Open Access Week makes the timing perfect. The first article, by Torleif Elgvin, offers a transcription and translation of the Gabriel Inscription as well as [Read More...]

I’m a Professor

I saw the above on the Facebook page S@!t Academics Say, which also shared this example of what a professor really did: put a photo of himself on his door so that students may think they are talking to him when they aren’t! Also of interest, via the same page – this PHD comic about [Read More...]

Mythicism’s Methodological Mess

It is funny that some mythicists think that, in pointing out that there are lots of different scholarly proposals about Jesus, they are making a profound observation, and even providing evidence that something is fundamentally wrong with the methods historians currently use. On the one hand, historical details are capable of being interpreted in multiple [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues

The episode features a hunt for Ethan (and his captives Claire and Charlie), with flashbacks of Jack having to deal with his father as a surgeon who drinks. Jack covers for him at first, but eventually (after learning that the woman who died as a result of his father being incapacitated was pregnant) tells the [Read More...]

Kuhn Rhapsodies

I don’t think I had heard of composer Joseph F. Kuhn before coming across this YouTube video. If you like late Romantic music, and especially piano concertos of that era, you will like this. The video includes three works: Manhattan Rhapsody, Midnight Rhapsody, and Rhapsody d’Amour, all from 1961. There are moments which are highly reminiscent of works like [Read More...]

Helicopters and Spaceships in Ancient Hieroglyphics?

OK, admit it, when you look at this picture, it does remind a modern person of helicopters and spaceships, right? So is there a logical explanation for this – one that doesn’t involve ancient aliens? There most certainly is, and I’m grateful to Michael Heiser for drawing attention to it. Click through to the MDW-NTR blog to [Read More...]

That’s a Fact

From Joe Heller via Open Parachute. I don’t think the scientist does a good job of conveying scientific knowledge. It is rarely “just the facts.” We sometimes choose to speak that way, but when we do, it is often unhelpful, because denialists regularly think that they are looking at the facts, too. And so one needs [Read More...]

A Different Mantra

Crystal St. Marie Lewis blogged about a mantra that is associated with Joel Osteen, suggesting that the following is a better alternative: This is my Bible. I am a witness to what it says, and a student of why it says what it says. I can do as much research as I wish on the origins and [Read More...]


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