News From The Future: Pat Robertson Blamed For Christian Obesity

Due to my interest in time travel, I occasionally get sent news tidbits sent to me by well-meaning time travellers. I don’t share any of them that might actually change the course of history in some paradoxical way, but I don’t think there’s too much danger with this interesting item from thirty years from now, [Read More...]

That Doesn’t Exactly Settle It

The blog Letters From Kamp Krusty shared a Christian T-shirt which, even though I think the first phrase also deserved to be problematized, nevertheless represents an improvement over the simplistic slogan on which it was based. The image of the text on the t-shirt was too large to reproduce here, so head over there and [Read More...]

Happy All Hallows Eve

It’s All Hallows’ Eve – or, in the more popular shorthand version, Halloween. It is a wonderful Christian holiday, albeit one that is based on a view of the world and specific beliefs that many Christians today can no longer share – and so really little different from Christmas or Easter, when you think about [Read More...]

What’s Up With This Blinking Operating System?

I’ve installed Windows 7, and I’m pleased so far – with one exception. Since installing Windows 7, my monitor keeps switching off and on again automatically. I’ve seen some other people around the web complaining about a similar issue. So I guess this is the Windows 7 “black screen” issue. I’m not sure whether it [Read More...]

Burgers in the Bible and Beyond

Before I get to some Bible-related posts from around the blogosphere, I want to start with the burgers. They may not be in your Bible in so many words, but they are there in a fitting paraphrase to the final words of the Book of Jonah, which I picked up from one of my professors [Read More...]

The Sound Of The Show That Never Ends

One classic of progressive rock is Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s Karn Evil 9 First Impression Part Two. Progressive rock is known for its long songs, and this one is no exception – and it has a long, multi-part title as well. But I doubt there’s anyone who has never heard this part of it: Other [Read More...]

Laughing With God and Regina Spektor

Jeremy at Free Old Testament Audio Blog shared this video of Regina Spektor singing her song “Laughing With”: I had never heard the song before, but agree with Jeremy, who wrote that “This is probably one of the best, most thought provoking songs I’ve heard in a very long time. It reflects the human heart’s [Read More...]

Windows 7?

Many of you know that probably the all-time most visited page on my blog is a solution to a problem with Windows Vista, namely getting a black screen after you log in. Having suffered with Vista, I have been eager to try Windows 7, which so far is getting good reviews as, if nothing else, [Read More...]

Questioning Q…and Mark

Having read Mark Goodacre’s The Case Against Q, I followed up by reading the volume he co-edited with Nicholas Perrin, Questioning Q. It contains a lot of interesting and intriguing studies, but part of the problem with the study of the Synoptic Gospels and their interrelationship is that, as with the historical Jesus, it is [Read More...]

John, Jesus, and History Volume 2

I received an e-mail today from the Society of Biblical Literature about a new volume that I think is really interesting – and not just because I’m one of the contributors! The question of what if anything historians can do with the Fourth Gospel has received a lot of attention, but developments in Johannine studies, [Read More...] Reboot

They’ve successfully rebooted Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek. They made a stab at Bionic Woman and Knight Rider. V is soon to appear on ABC. And so it was only a matter of time until got rebooted as well. John Hobbins has the latest on this, including a draft of criteria for inclusion. Those [Read More...]