The Wrong Kind of Christian? President Obama and Evangelical Voters

I found the article in today’s New York Times about Evangelical voters striking. The attitude of those mentioned in or interviewed for the article seems to be “anyone but Obama.” They would prefer a “big government Republican” to a “big government Democrat.” They would prefer a Mormon and a person with a history of infidelity [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Galaxy 4

The Doctor Who episode “Galaxy 4″ is another of the lost episodes which can be enjoyed in audiobook form. And it is one that confirms my sense that audiobooks are an ideal way to experience these early episodes. I listened to the story, and then in preparing to blog about it, I looked for photos [Read More...]

A Jealous God and Divine Domestic Violence

Daniel McClellan, in a post about a doctoral thesis defense related to the concept of “the jealous God,” included this image: What reaction does it provoke in you? Doesn’t it suggest that at times religious believers, including some of the Biblical authors, have depicted God as reflecting some of our worst human characteristics? If a [Read More...]

Your Lifestyle is an Abomination

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Torchwood: Meat

The Torchwood episode “Meat” touched some more sensitive nerves and emotions than even some of the most powerful and touching episodes thus far. Initially, we simply became aware that someone was selling alien meat. Then, we discovered that they were keeping an alien imprisoned, and cutting pieces off of it while it was still alive [Read More...]

Pepper Spray and Star Wars (May the Excessive Force NOT be with You!)

I only caught a glimpse of the news about the use of pepper spray on Occupy protesters at UC Davis while I was away at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting. I learned more about it on the plane back, and already began reflecting at that time on how the incident relates to Star Wars. I have [Read More...]

Torchwood: Sleeper (What It Means To Be Human)

The Torchwood episode “Sleeper” focuses on an idea that was much more popular during the Cold War: the idea that there could be sleeper agents among us who appear to be like us, even a loving spouse, but who can be switched on by a command from our enemy and immediately become a ruthless, murdering [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Rob Asghar)

“Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson gained great fame not by demanding that Christians live their lives differently, but by sanctifying the lives they were already inclined to live…[T]o maintain or restore the integrity of the evangelical American church, its culturally conservative leaders and adherents would seem to need to make a choice: all of Christ’s [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus

The planet Marinus, the Doctor and his companions learn not long after arriving there, has a fascinating history. The people of the planet created a sophisticated computer that could serve as the perfect judge and administrator. Then they found that it could even do more – it could control the minds of people and eliminate [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Tony Campolo)

I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died [Read More...]

Is Sin a Hardware Problem, a Software Problem, or Both?

One skill all educators need to cultivate is the ability to segue from where a conversation may be to where you need it to go. In my Sunday school class last Sunday, we were up to Romans 7, and the casual conversation before we began was about a computer in the church that had stopped [Read More...]


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