Religion in Israel/Palestine – Trailer for the 2016 Trip

I am planning to lead another trip to Israel and the West Bank in the summer of 2016, lasting about 9 days and departing in late May or early June. My son helped me make a movie trailer for the trip with iMovie, using footage taken by Johnny Traylor on the 2012 trip I led. I am looking [Read More...]

Amazon Echo: The Future Is Now

I paid a visit to Amazon.com today to see if I could find a particular piece of sheet music. I didn’t find it, but on the front page was an announcement that Amazon Echo is available to the general public. I had not really paid attention to the news about this before. But when they quoted [Read More...]

Film Composer James Horner Has Died

The news has been breaking that James Horner has been killed in a plane crash. I’m a huge fan of film music - and always annoyed that one still needs to specify film music and apologize for it, as though the great composers of the era before motion pictures would not have composed in this genre. Goodbye [Read More...]

Islamic Holdem

From Existential Comics [Read more...]

Observable Evidence of Macro-Evolution Meme

While I was writing my last blog post, Tyler Francke was hard at work making a meme inspired by the same Facebook conversation. And so here it is! Click through to read his further reflections on the topic. [Read more...]

Observable Proof of Macro-Aging

In a discussion on Facebook, a young-earth creationist demanded “observable proof of macro-evolution.” I realized that the demand is rather akin to someone asking for observable proof of aging. Perhaps one can see “micro-aging” as it occurs in one’s cells. But what proof do you have that the younger person in the photo albums in [Read More...]

Let It Flow

I somehow missed this Star Wars parody version of “Let It Go” until today. Hope you enjoy it! There’s also a Star Wars parody version of Miley Cyrus’ song “Wrecking Ball” called…“Wrecking Maul”! See too the debate about whether Star Wars or Star Trek is nerdier, shared by SF Signal: [Read more...]

Preaching On Sin

This cartoon nicely illustrates the point that we all enjoy condemning those whose sins are obvious to us, while we bristle at anyone who points out our own. If there is something that fundamentalists, conservatives, moderates, progressives, and liberals all share in common, it is this tendency, and the fact that none of us can [Read More...]

Love is a Promise (in 1 Corinthians 13 and Doctor Who)

This image comes from the blog Whovian Theology. I had been meaning to share it a while back, and it ended up as a saved draft. But recently we discussed 1 Corinthians 13 in my Sunday school class, and it reminded me of this. One older person in the class asked “What is love?” and I of [Read More...]

Judas!

From Berger & Wyse. [Read more...]

Privilege in the Corinthian Church

We discussed 1 Corinthians 11 in my Sunday school class recently. I shared the well-known details that churches met in homes, and the argument that what is in the background to this passage was the custom of people sitting (or rather reclining) at meals to be separated along socioeconomic lines. The interesting suggestion was put forward [Read More...]

It Is Dangerous To Deny Q

  For the purists, the t-shirt really should say this: (Q is better when you read it in the original Klingon). And for those few readers who may not know Klingon at all, the t-shirt says: “Mark Goodacre says there is no Q. We will engage him in battle in November!” Hopefully readers of this blog [Read More...]

Is Q the Didache?

Alan Garrow has shared a number of videos arguing that the Didache is the source of the Q material. I have not yet had a chance to watch all of them, but I seem to recall having come across this argument before, and having found it problematic because of the similarities between the Didache and Matthew’s versions [Read More...]

Is Racism a Mental Illness? #CharlestonShooting

I had someone comment on a Facebook post about the Charleston shooting, suggesting that mental illness must be involved. I responded in a number of ways, including asking whether all the people in lynch mobs in the south some decades ago were mentally ill. On the one hand, to blame mental illness can be a reprehensible [Read More...]


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