Where Jesus Prayed

I am happy to have the chance to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Danielle Shroyer’s book Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminating the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land. I was eager to participate, since I’ve been to the Holy Land multiple times, and will be leading a group of students traveling there again next [Read More...]

The Bible as Love Letter from Kierkegaard

Kyle Roberts wrote a response to my recent post about the Bible not being a love letter from God. Here is an excerpt: I’m currently co-authoring a commentary, so it may seem strange for me to come to the defense of Kierkegaard’s analogy. Aren’t I one of those who are dodging God’s Word precisely by writing academic [Read More...]

Alpha Testing The World Table

You will now see that in addition to Disqus, you have the option to comment using The World Table. This is an opportunity to alpha test this new system and provide feedback not only about technical issues, but also about some things that you already began to talk about on my previous post – the [Read More...]

Coming Soon: The World Table

Patheos has been in talks with The World Table for a while now to bring the two platforms together. I’ve volunteered to be among the first Patheos bloggers to add the comment system to my blog. It looks very promising for precisely the aim that I have always had, which is to foster serious conversation [Read More...]

Right-Wing Trolling is Deliberate and Planned

A lot of online discussion is ruined by trolling. Recently, I had someone draw my attention to a disturbing right-wing website. They sent me there for the post, which they thought was actually funny. I for some reason cast aside everything I had learned about the internet and…looked at the comments. What I saw there shocked me, [Read More...]

What Time Do You Read This Blog?

Matthew Malcolm noticed that people read his blog more at 2pm on Tuesdays than at other times during the week. Looking at statistics could tell me when people read my blog in relation to my own local time. But I am also curious what time it is where you are when you read the blog. [Read More...]

Troll Amnesty Day

I hereby proclaim this day Troll Amnesty Day. Having recently seen a person behaving trollishly on this blog, and dealt with by commenters here without any need to resort to banning them, I’ve decided to lift all previous bans, and give a second chance to all commenters that have previously been banned. This will also give [Read More...]

Exploring Our Matrix On Mobile Devices

Patheos announced recently that it will be rolling out a new mobile-friendly version of its site. I know that readers of my blog have been frustrated with some of the technical issues. And so I would encourage you to try out the site today via your mobile device(s), and let me know if and when [Read More...]

Block and Share

I’m grateful for the discussions that have been taking place in response to my post about advertisements and ad blocking. My priority is to have serious discussions and a good user experience. And so here’s my suggestion for how you can maintain that while also expressing your appreciation for my blogging: SHARE What makes the [Read More...]

Escalating Ad Wars

A site like Patheos depends on advertising. The use of ad-blockers not only places the site’s ongoing existence in jeopardy in the long term, but deprives bloggers of their measly income in the short term as well. I was aware that Patheos was going to try to find a way of delivering one advertisement in a way [Read More...]

Time for a Name Change?

I’ve been thinking that the Matrix reference in the name of my blog has become rather dated. And so I’m contemplating changing it. Any suggestions for a new name? Should I just call it “James McGrath’s Blog,” or would something else be better? Silly as well as serious suggestions are welcome. Of course, I could [Read More...]