Digital Humanities in Ancient Jewish, Christian and Arabic Traditions

Don’t miss the special issue of the Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture focused on ancient Jewish, Christian, and Arabic literature. It includes articles such as Carrie Schroeder’s on “Digital Humanities as Cultural Capital,” as well as an introduction by Claire Clivaz. Want still more open access scholarship. Be sure to follow the Ancient World Online [Read More…]

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Pastors and Sheep

After the pastor of my church resigned, my Sunday school class discussed what the role of a pastor is. I highlighted that the term comes from “shepherd” and that it is (apart from Ephesians 4:11) not used as a title for a Christian leadership position in the New Testament. We then turned to the comparison between believers [Read More…]

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Biblical Docetism

Samantha Field coined this very apt phrase for fundamentalism’s view of the Bible in a recent blog post. Here is an excerpt: To biblical docetists, cultural contexts don’t have to have any bearing on the text– it’s not really an ancient library of texts gathered together over time and with a lot of arguing. It [Read More…]

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Do Flat-Earthers Live On The Same Planet We Do?

Flat-Earthers have been getting more attention lately, for reasons that I cannot quite fathom. But I will not complain, and here’s why: Jonathan Robinson found a wonderful application for an analogy with those who insist that the Earth is flat. Even though flat-earthers say things about the Earth that are blatantly untrue and clearly wrong, we would nonetheless [Read More…]

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Easter Sunday School

After I shared my last Sunday school class session about ideas of the afterlife in the Jewish Scripture/Christian Old Testament, several people expressed the desire that I record the next session, in which we’d be moving on to the New Testament and beyond. And so here it is, as per your request. The class is typically more [Read More…]

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Choosing the Hymns

I really like this cartoon about hymns by Dave Walker. It mirrors my own experience in other non-Anglican church contexts as well, although the cardboard numbers are not an issue in other traditions. I’ve enjoyed introducing the congregation not only to new music in the strict sense, but also to old but unfamiliar music. And I enjoy [Read More…]

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Don’t Miss the Moment

Yesterday I had the chance to meet face to face with Tim “Spike” Davis, whose cartoons I’ve often shared on this blog as well as on other social media. I took the opportunity to get a photo together: We chatted about all kinds of things, but one of them was about recognizing the importance of what [Read More…]

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It’s OK to Change Your Mind

The quote in the image above is just one small excerpt from a post by John Pavlovitz which explores the reasons why Christians often feel like they should not change their mind, and then when they feel they must, fear what those around them will think. It is worth reading the whole thing. Here’s another [Read More…]

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Historical Amnesia and Hindsight

Rachel Held Evans wrote in a recent blog post: It’s easy to comfort ourselves with the thought that Christians of the past were only using religion and Scripture to support their oppression, but in truth those Christians rarely saw it that way. Often the difference between using Scripture to justify injustice and appealing to Scripture to support the truth proves clearest in [Read More…]

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The Vatican, Star Wars, and Stephen Colbert

I assume that anyone who continues to read my blog regularly probably shares my enjoyment of and interest in science fiction, religion, and humor. And so if you haven’t seen it already, you will want to watch the clip above, which sees Stephen Colbert torn between his childhood faith and upbringing, and his church.   [Read more…]

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Conservative Evangelicals: Yesterday and Today

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