RIP Kenneth Bailey

Via Joel Watts on Facebook, I learned of the passing away of Kenneth Bailey. Bailey grew up in the Middle East and then taught New Testament there, and learned a great deal from his students, insights which he shared with others in his writing and speaking. His work on the parables in Luke, as well as [Read More…]

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Pilate Mythicism

This meme was drawn to my attention in a comment on an earlier post. It focuses too broadly on atheists in general, and it is simply incorrect about what the coins say. But its main point retains some validity nevertheless. While it may be appropriate to withhold judgment about a matter if the evidence seems [Read More…]

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Descartes and Spinoza as Roommates

The latest Existential Comics has a very entertaining exploration of what it might be like if Descartes and Spinoza were roommates… [Read more…]

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Is Bibliolatry the Worst Sin (Biblically Speaking)?

Pete Enns shared a quote from James Sanders, which he then paraphrases in this way later in the post: Put the Bible in its place and then you will see its deep religious value. If you treat the Bible as a rulebook dropped out of heaven, you will miss the purpose for which the Bible [Read More…]

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Trinitarian Formula?

I was asked the following on Facebook, and thought I would share it today: Hey, I have a question from those of us who have to preach on Trinity Sunday. What about the Trinitarian formula in Matthew 28? Original, later addition? Here is my response: I don’t think it is a later addition, although the [Read More…]

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Batman vs. Darth Vader

Short movies not made by major studios are becoming more and more impressive. What do you think of this? It is particularly interesting now that there is Batman vs. Superman (which I have yet to see). [Read more…]

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Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2

In case you haven’t seen the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond. [Read more…]

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The Bible and Star Wars

On Cindy Brandt's Unfundamentalist Parenting blog, there is a great guest post by John Stonecypher describing the challenges that confront those who were brought up to view the Bible as one thing, only to discover it is something else. Loving Star Wars, and passing on that love with all its complexity, helped provide a useful [Read More…]

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What Comes From God

Rachel Held Evans wrote on Facebook, and gave me permission to quote it: I confess. Sometimes I need reminding it doesn’t go like this: “Dear friends, let us be right, for being right comes from God. Everyone who is right has been born of God and knows God. Whoever is wrong does not know God [Read More…]

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Student-Made Documentary on the Gospel of Judas

I am grateful to Christian Askeland for drawing attention to this documentary, made by students from right here in Indiana! [Read more…]

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How Jesus Saves the World From Us

I am delighted to have the privilege of participating in a blog tour about fellow Patheos blogger Morgan Guyton’s book, How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity. Throughout the history of ancient Israel and of Christianity, there have been voices that have had an impact through their combination of humility, [Read More…]

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