Relief from Noisy Ads

Some of you may have come to this blog and had a noisy ad start playing – probably one for Mucinex and an online drugstore, if your experience was like mine. I think the presence of ads that make noise automatically cheapens web sites and disrupts our enjoyment of them – and it never, ever [Read More...]

Oh Christmas Tree!

We put up and decorated our Christmas tree yesterday. This morning, while it is still dark, I tried taking a photo. I think the above, taken without flash, does at least some justice to it. We also turned on the lights on the Christmas tree at church yesterday for the first (official) time, too. Now [Read More...]

Keep (Only) Christ in Christmas

A letter to yesterday's Indianapolis Star had an interesting response to the annual “keep Christ in Christmas” hubbub. What if Christians kept just Christ in Christmas, and let go of all the stuff that is not specifically Christian? What if they let go of the trees, and the gifts, and Santa, and secular Christmas music, [Read More...]

God and Santa

I thought the video below was a clever challenge to the notion of God as an oversized Santa. I’d say, from my own perspective, that it doesn’t go far enough in moving away from anthropomorphism altogether. But it may be helpful in getting those whose idea of God is one particularly crass form of big [Read More...]

#sblaar Punny Papers

The day before yesterday I was involved in a session put together by the SBL student organization, on how to prepare for and effectively deliver a good conference presentation. Since an earlier panelist had rightly pointed out that an abstract is no place for jokes, and given my appreciation for the humorous, I thought that [Read More...]

Fake Photoshopped Frankenstorm Photo

There’s an alleged photo of Hurricane Sandy drawing near to New York. I wondered about its authenticity, but I still shared it on Facebook, and then had it pointed out to me that its a fake: It is apparently a mash-up of two photos. If you want real (and for that reason even more impressive) [Read More...]

Frankenstorm

Hurricane Sandy has been called “Frankenstorm” and this photo of Grand Central Station will communicate to any New Yorker how seriously it is being taken: If everyone comes out of this OK, I predict that someone will name their newly-founded heavy metal band Fränkenstörm… To everyone I know in the path of the storm, stay [Read More...]

Correction – Groundhog!

I mentioned once before that I was pretty sure that I had spotted a beaver in my neighbor's yard, near the creek. Today the animal in question came into my yard and stayed long enough that I could get photos of it – and I also had another witness. It is always nice when you [Read More...]

The Grooviest Vehicle on Campus?

I took this photo in the parking lot here at Butler University today: [Read more...]

An Unbending Quest for Truth

The blog Unreasonable Faith shared this: I think that really what it is getting at is the fact that some people do not think the truthfulness of their position is as self-evident as their rhetoric claims, since otherwise they would not be opposed to their children and those under their influence thinking and exploring freely. [Read More...]

Power Outage

Last night a big storm passed through Indianapolis, bringing down trees and branches all throughout my neighborhood and many others. I had some blog posts already scheduled in advance, and so things have probably seemed to be normal. But how soon things will actually be normal depends on the power company. I will keep you [Read More...]


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