Zombies: Educational Resources

Thanks for my friend and colleague Brad Matthies for drawing attention to some online sources that address zombies, but which I think could be used to good humorous effect in a class explaining research skills and the need to find reliable sources of information. First, there’s an online comic which uses the scenario of a [Read More...]

How Come They Never Got Promoted? Col. Gaddafi, Cap’n Crunch, and Col. Sanders

A Facebook thread asked why Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, having been the dictator of Libya for so long, never arranged for his promotion above the rank of colonel. It’s a good and amusing question, and I was surprised that no one to my knowledge had asked it before. Seriously, why not promote himself to general? The [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival September 2011 Episode II: The Biblioblogs Strike Back

I posted an early edition of the carnival halfway through the month. Now, on to the sequel! As a sci-fi fan, I figure I have to make this a trilogy, and so here’s what you need to do in order to ensure that the full extent of the vision of this carnival comes to fruition. [Read More...]

Atheism and Liberalism Discussion Continues

I didn’t get to mention it until now, but the blog Unreasonable Faith has shared some thoughts in response to my post about atheists and Liberal Christians. It sparked off quite a lot of discussion in the comment section. I’m guessing not everyone clicked through to read the original post, since some comments didn’t seem [Read More...]

What Students Don’t Know: Mindset Lists and Digital Natives

I had a post on this topic in mind since I read the piece in Inside Higher Ed a few days ago entitled “What Students Don’t Know.” This sample quote sums up a situation that has increasingly become the focus of my teaching and my classes: The most alarming finding in the ERIAL studies was [Read More...]

God Loves a Trickster

I have not yet had the opportunity to read fellow biblioblogger John Anderson’s new book (for which I offer him congratulations on its publication!), Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and Yhwh’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle, published by Eisenbrauns. But I thought I should mention it anyway, [Read More...]

Two Tenure Track Positions at Fordham University

I was asked to share the following job openings that Fordham University has. Please feel free to circulate and forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in it. FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, Department of Theology, invites applications for two tenure track positions, beginning Fall 2012, at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field [Read More...]

Free Cow (Says She)

I loved the misheard lyrics story that Matthew Malcolm shared a while back, in which his 6-year-old daughter asked for a copy of the song “Free Cow” and became increasingly frustrated when her parents seemed not to know what song she was talking about. The song, it turned out, was this one: I actually do [Read More...]

Noah’s Memoir

Non Sequitur in yesterday’s papers. [Read more...]

Correlation Between Income and Test Scores

Scott F shared this chart showing how higher income and higher standardized test scores correlate: I think there is a simple explanation for this phenomenon: when you have to work two jobs trying to make ends meet, or work a very tiring job for little money, the odds are that you will not have the [Read More...]

Virginia Earthquake Aftermath

HT Jim West [Read more...]


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