Competing to become Pope

Several bits of humor have come my way all at once, and so I thought I should share them in a round-up. First, via The Lead I learned of this parody: March Madness Vatican Edition: Sweet Sistine! Michael Barber shared this Lutheran Satire video, the gameshow Choose Your Pope: Finally, on Facebook Brent Hege shared [Read More...]

Deny Evolution, Deny Reality

The above text image seems to manage to address a lot of misconceptions in very few words. What do you think?   [Read more...]

SBL Call For Papers: Deadline Approaching

Dear Colleague: The 2013 SBL Annual Meeting Call for Papers closes at Thursday, February 28 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. Program units then review proposals and issue acceptance/rejection notices in March (by April 1). Please note that you will need the following in order to submit a paper proposal: • Current SBL Full or [Read More...]

Quality on the Internet

Chris Spinks linked to and commented on a Lifehacker article by Alan Henry with the title “How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped).” Michael Patton blogged about finding trustworthy scholars. Jona Lendering has a post about what the future might look like if the tide of poor quality information and simple [Read More...]

Barney the Antichrist

As readers will know if they watched my recorded lecture about the Book of Revelation, I offer a lighthearted look at some of the proposed identifications of the Beast, including the suggestion that it could be Barney. To be fair, a purple dinosaur is obviously more like the monster depicted in the book than most [Read More...]

Intelligence on Ice vs. Ignorance on Fire

The saying “Why is it that the choice among churches always seems to be the choice between intelligence on ice and ignorance on fire?” is attributed in Diana Butler Bass’ book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening to an unnamed Facebook poster. I think that this [Read More...]

Liberal Christianity around the Blogosphere

Bo Sanders discussed a bit of revisionist history offered in a tweet by Rick Warren, who outlandishly claimed (among other things):  Liberal theology has never created any university. It just sucks the life our of those that were started by Bible believers. Fortunately he received a lot of responses challenging his either bizarrely ill-informed or [Read More...]

Rewriting a Church Mission Statement

The cartoon above (and the one below) are from the delightful series St. Swithin's. I recently participated in a session aimed at identifying core values of our church, and so I can appreciate how close to home the cartoon hits. Our pastor used a denominational resource that was very helpful, asking us to come up [Read More...]

Belief and Practice

My entire time at church today seemed to bring together thoughts and discussions related to this theme of belief and practice and the relationship between them for Christians. In my Sunday school class, having had a guest talk about the views of the Latter Day Saints last week, we planned to talk this week about [Read More...]

What Sort of Baptist was John?

This post will hopefully illustrate that serious thoughts can be generated by frivolous content on blogs. Allan Bevere shared this amusing image of “John the Southern Baptist”: That got me thinking of the question “What sort of Baptist was John?” – imagining various “baptists” fighting over a claim to him. And that led me to [Read More...]

#JediHymns

Unvirtuous Abbey apparently started it, but Rod the Rogue Demon Hunter blogged about it and Storified it. I am referring to the Twitter meme #JediHymns. It is definitely worth checking out, whether in Rod’s post or on Twitter. It includes a lot of gems, of which the following are just samples:  If you’re Jedi and [Read More...]


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