#IndyWelcomesAll

I was at Indianapolis Airport today, and noticed this banner:   If you have ever been to Indianapolis, you will know the statement is true. Indianapolis is a very diverse city, and one which embraces and relishes that diversity. It is characteristic of many states, and not only Indiana, that its urban areas are “blue”'and [Read More...]

Bake for them Two

An updating of Matthew 5:41 by Jessica Kantrowitz. Click through to her blog to read her further thoughts about that text against the background of its original context, and its application today.   [Read more...]

Redjaw Easter

I saw these two cartoons related to Easter among those on the Redjaw Cartoons site, and thought I would share them.   [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Follow the Leader

The title of this episode is interesting, since the phrase refers to a game. Locke (in fact, the smoke monster) has taken over as leader of the others in the present day. He also wants to eliminate Jacob as leader. And the title also highlights the risks of creating a role of authoritarian leadership that [Read More...]

The Disinterment of Jesus?

Having blogged on Friday about my book The Burial of Jesus, which talks not just about the crucifixion and the burial but also the rise of resurrection faith, let me share another quote from the book, one more relevant for today, Easter. Certainly an empty tomb is not crucial to the Christian faith, since it has [Read More...]

Happy Easter!

Take a look at the Easter page on the Patheos website for verbal reflections on the subject. The video above features a brief excerpt from Latvian Baptist composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. [Read more...]

Attacking Religion at Easter

It isn't actually an attack on religion. But that is surely how it will be depicted by some, and misconstrued deliberately by others, when the ad below appears in the New York Times tomorrow, sponsored by an organization whose name says it is seeking freedom from religion.   The cause of keeping religion and state [Read More...]

The Product Placement Bible

A friend drew the Product Placement Bible to my attention. It is an attempt to show what the insertion of advertising looks like when taken too far, by doing so in the Bible. Below are a few that I thought actually kind of worked well. Click through to see more. Yes, I did decide to [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Variable

The episode begins with Desmond being taken to the hospital after Ben Linus shot him. Eloise Hawking is there and says that it is her son’s fault that Desmond was shot. Then, thirty years earlier, Daniel Faraday arrives on the island then comes to see Jack. Dan tells Jack that his mother was wrong, it [Read More...]

Four Things the Bible is NOT

Aric Clark offered this helpful list of four things the Bible is not, and I thought it worth sharing. The Bible is not a text book. It does not concern itself with biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, psychology, sociology, or even really, history. Mostly it is narrative, poetry, letters, and advice/commands. We should not be [Read More...]

Happy Passover!

Happy Passover to all of you who celebrate it. The Passover Seder parody version of “Let It Go” came to my attention via Stephen Cook. [Read more...]

The Burial of Jesus

I wrote the book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? to mediate historical approaches to the Bible and to Jesus to a Christian audience, and to wrestle with the stories of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection myself, while paying attention to the neglected middle – the traditions about Jesus’ [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Some Like It Hoth

The episode begins with young Miles, whose mother is looking for an apartment for them. He demonstrates his ability to hear the dead talking, finding an older man who had died in one of the apartments there. When he is a teenager, Miles talks to his dying mother, asking how he came to be the [Read More...]

A Jesus Agnostic Star Trek Robot

I had to share this cartoon from Evolving Perspectives. It brings together Jesus-mythicism and Star Trek, after all. First, if you are wondering about the hat, that is because this is…wait for it…GNOMAD! But now, about the substance, it seems to me to use “agnostic” in a rather bizarre way. We are not “agnostic” about [Read More...]


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