LOST Rewatch: And Found

This episode features a flashback in which Jin is talking with a friend who says he will find love this year, referring to the “destiny book,” a kind of source of astrological wisdom. Jin is skeptical, especially when the friend says that love will look “orange.” We see Sun with a man that matchmakers put [Read More...]

The Line Between Good and Evil

The quote from N. T. Wright, as well as the accompanying picture, came to me via ProgressiveChristianity on Facebook. “The line between good and evil does not lie between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ between the West and the rest, between Left and Right, between rich and poor. That fateful line runs down the middle of each [Read More...]

Ennio Porrino’s Sonata Dramatica

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Ranking Religious Studies Journals

Several years ago, I shared a blog post which sought to rank the top three tiers of journals in New Testament studies. That list by Peter Head was as follows: PhD students often ask for advice on the top journals in the field. So here is the list, in three separate tiers, of the top [Read More...]

Derek Flood, Disarming Scripture

I had a chance to interview Derek Flood recently about his new book, Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did. I had seen lots of interviews and blog posts about the book’s challenge for those with conservative views of the Bible, and [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Everybody Hates Hugo

The episode starts with a dream Hurley had in which he eats lots of food from the storeroom in the hatch, and Jin speaks to him in English while Hurley answers in Korean. Right after Hugo faints when the lottery numbers are announced, his mother talks about him needing to change his life. She says [Read More...]

God Cannot Be Confined To Any One Creed

  Crystal St. Marie Lewis shared the above quote from Ibn al-Arabi on her blog. Do not praise your own faith so exclusively that you disbelieve all the rest. If you do this, you will miss much good. Nay, you’ll fail to realize the real truth of the matter: God, the omnipresent and omniscient cannot [Read More...]

Pathetic Symphony

I am delighted that quite a number of pieces of music by Vladimir Vlasov have been shared on YouTube. This is wonderful music that I might not otherwise have discovered. [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Orientation

The episode begins with Jin being recaptured along with Michael and Sawyer by “others.” They are thrown into a pit. Eventually another person, a woman, is thrown down there. It turns out to be Ana-Lucia, from the tail section. We eventually learn that she is working with the people who captured them, and then that [Read More...]

Wanting a Religious State

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Obvious Things to Mention if Jesus were Divine

It struck me recently that there are so many things that Paul never says, which we might expect him to mention if he thought of Jesus as God. What is the significance of a divine being becoming human? Of a divine being being crucified? Of a divine being returning to heaven after having done these things? [Read More...]

New Star Wars Holiday Album

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LOST Rewatch: Adrift

This episode focuses on the survivors of the raft, as well as backing up and showing Locke’s first exploration down the hatch. When Desmond first sees Locke, he asks, “Are you him?” Locke answers, “Yes I am.” Desmond asks him, “What did one snowman say to the other snowman?” and then realizes Locke is not [Read More...]

Fishers of People

If this expression from Mark 1:17 is familiar to us, and has been interpreted in particular ways, it is easy to miss just how odd it is. What do you think it meant, either on the lips of the historical Jesus, or on the page of the Gospel of Mark in its original context? Thanks [Read More...]


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