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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Were the Titles of the Gospel on #Sillyboi?

You may think I’m a “silly boy” for writing about this. But when Sarah Bond recently wrote a blog post about the ancient Greek use of a tag (sillybos) to indicate the author and title of a work on a scroll, I felt I needed to blog in a bit more detail about the possible implications of [Read More…]

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The Plain Meaning of the Text

Internet Monk shared this wonderful example of the problems with claims about the “plain meaning” of a text. The sign above is from the UK. And so, while an American will understand it to be prohibiting people who serve as coaches of a particular uniquely American sport from entering, it not only refers to soccer, but to [Read More…]

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Bono and the Psalms

Having organized a service that incorporated music by U2, I was excited to see soon afterwards that Bono was collaborating with Eugene Peterson on a project focused on the Psalms. See recent pieces in the Huffington Post and John Pavlovitz’s blog for more details, as well as the video below. Of related interest, Jeff Carter [Read More…]

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The Videofullest Biblical Studies Carnival Ever!

Jeff Carter (yes, that Jeff Carter) is hosting the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. And it is chock full not only of links to interesting posts, but also fantastic video context. I’ll include a couple of samples below, but click through for much, much more. And there are also a couple of Hebrews Highlights for this month, [Read More…]

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Not-So-Precious Moments

  Several more illustrations of the fact that the Bible is not children’s literature, that it isn’t cute and sweet. The above come from artist Tom LaMothe, via a post on Rachel Held Evans’ blog from several years ago. The artist’s daughter is herself a Patheos blogger. See also another version of the Jael story, as [Read More…]

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Is This Gonna Be On The Test?

A nice bit of end-of-semester Bible humor, courtesy of Pictoral Theology. I imagine that whether you envisage Jesus as responding by saying “Yes” or “Study for life, not just the test,” says a lot about both your theology and your view of education… [Read more…]

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Philippians and Pharisees

I’m not sure why it never struck me before, but I just recently realized that Paul’s mention in Philippians about his being or having been a Pharisee ought to get more attention. Paul assumes that the Philippians know what a Pharisee is. Perhaps we can assume that he told them on some previous occasion. But it might also [Read More…]

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Lager Biblical Theme

My favorite typo in a book about the Bible (noticed in an advance draft, and so it presumably won’t make it into the published version) is now a reference to a “lager biblical theme.” It should have said “larger biblical theme.” But since beer can be a biblical theme, either can work. And of course, there are [Read More…]

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Take Up Your Yoke and Follow

Historians should not entertain the possibility that Jesus predicted in advance exactly how he was going to die, foreseeing that it would be by crucifixion. And so too historians cannot view Jesus as having called his followers to take up their crosses behind him. But there is a third option between accepting the Gospels’ depiction, [Read More…]

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