Megachurch

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Nielsen’s Violin Concerto

I listened to Carl Nielsen’s Violin Concerto again recently, and I realized that I had forgotten how wonderful it is. It deserves to be heard far more often than it is, and so enjoy this recording with Baiba Skride as soloist. [Read more...]

Father Forgive Our Musicians

I laughed out loud when I saw the picture above, to which someone on Facebook had added a comment that this church clearly doesn’t think very highly of its worship musicians! [Read more...]

Are Your Religious Liberties Being Violated?

This chart is based on an article in the Huffington Post by Rev. Emily Heath of the United Church of Christ.  That article deserves to be circulated again in response to the recent laws purporting to defend “religious liberty” but in fact in at least some instances defending the right of people to justify infringing on the liberties of [Read More...]

Does IU Have the Legal Right to Prohibit Discimination?

I was proud when I read the statement by Butler University’s president Jim Danko about the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” When I then saw that the president of IU Michael McRobbie had alsod issued a statement, I found myself wondering about it in relation to the law. The statement says, “we will not tolerate discrimination [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Namaste

The episode begins by returning to Ajira flight 316. We get the perspective of Frank and his co-pilot. Frank manages to land the plane on the runway that in an earlier episode, the Others had made Kate and Sawyer work on. Ben seems to be OK, although the co-pilot is dead and some others are [Read More...]

Be Next, American Baptists

Scot McKnight shared the above infographic. American Baptists ought to have been at the forefront in the fight for marriage equality, given our history. Can we at least be next? Or, in keeping with Baptist principles, can we at least explicitly give each believer and each congregation the freedom to follow the dictates of their [Read More...]

Carnival is Coming

Phil Long shared a call for contributions to the next Biblical Studies Carnival, which will be on the blog Pursuing Veritas, which is new to me. Click through for more details about how to submit a post for this carnival, and where upcoming carnivals are scheduled to me. [Read more...]

Redemption in Star Wars and Christianity

The above cartoon from Pictorial Theology raises interesting questions (even if I disagree with what it says, especially with regard to Ewoks). On the one hand, the message of cheap grace that is popular in much contemporary Christianity is profoundly unbiblical. Paul, supposedly the greatest proponent of this message, asked the Corinthians Christians, “You know that wicked [Read More...]

John the Baptist’s Bones, Serapion, and the Mandaeans

As a result of the episode of the CNN series Finding Jesus which focused on John the Baptist, significant attention is being paid to bones which are supposedly his, and genetic testing of which has suggested they belong to a first-century Middle Eastern man. See  Tony Burke’s earlier post about Serapion’s “Life of John the Baptist” and [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: LaFleur

This is one of my favorite episodes. It begins with the group who were with John when he went down the well, and then they moved through time to a point before the well was built. They see the statue, completely intact. When John turns the wheel, there is one last flash, and then they are [Read More...]


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