Does Coffee Prevent Temple Tantrums?

Given my longstanding interest in the temple incident, I felt I had to comment on David Hayward’s cartoon above. The action of Jesus in the temple, as depicted both in the Gospel of Mark and in the Gospel of John, seems to be a deliberate, well-planned symbolic action, and not an example of someone losing [Read More...]

Doctor Who in Christianity Today

There was an article by Sarah Bessey just recently in Christianity Today about Doctor Who, and it included a mention of the book that I co-edited, Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who. Bessey blogs quite a bit about Doctor Who, and so it is great to see that turn into an article aimed at [Read More...]

The End of the World Table

Given the claim that the world will end today (which is ultimately inspired by Harold Camping’s previous failed predictions), I thought it would be fun to create a system for rating apocalypses, much like the new system for rating comments that is being alpha tested on this blog. And so what else could I call [Read More...]

Understanding Biblical Inerranists

The quote comes from Fred Clark’s recent post, “How to understand ‘Biblical inerrantists.’” Here is a larger excerpt: The modern assertion of “biblical inerrancy” basically boils down to the claim by certain white Christians that “The Bible says what we say it says, and nothing else, and so you must listen to us as though we were [Read More...]

Wednesday Apocalypse

I was in two minds about whether to even blog about the prediction some have made that the world will end tomorrow, October 7th. But then I realized that, just as happens with the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy, so too with calculating the end of the world: people getting it wrong over and over in [Read More...]

How Mail Has Changed

Via The Art of Simple [Read more...]

A Message Of Divine Origin

It is interesting to reflect on something that Paul says in his letter to the Galatians. He emphasized that his message, his gospel, is not of human origin. What is his gospel? He doesn’t tell us in so many words, and although we may be able to deduce what it is from his letters, I think [Read More...]

2 Timothy 3:16

In my Sunday school class, we recently talked about this famous verse, which is cited with incredible frequency in discussions of the Bible's inspiration and authority. And yet very rarely are the details of what that verse actually says noticed. I've already mentioned before that the text does not use the existing word that it [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Under the Lake

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who upped the ante for cliffhangers, with something that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before in all the show’s more than 50 years of history. SPOILERS AHEAD! The episode begins with some classics of Doctor Who: A crashed alien spacecraft at the bottom of a body of water on Earth. Mysterious writing. Ghosts. [Read More...]

Ewoks Share Their Faith

Based on Return of the Jedi, shouldn’t they be asking, “do you have time to become part of a feast in honor of our lord and savior C-3P0?”   [Read more...]

The Speck in the Eye of Islam

Jesse Dooley paraphrased a famous saying of Jesus, writing: Why do you see the speck in the eye of Islam when you have such glaring beams in your own? First rid yourself of your own logs so you can see clearly enough to help your Muslim brothers and sisters. I’m grateful to Dănuț Mănăstireanu for [Read More...]