LGBTQ Ordination Resource

I have linked in the past to the series at Two Friars and a Fool about homosexuality and the Bible, providing these materials with the aim of supporting gays, lesbians and others pursuing ordination. Today Shuck and Jive mentioned the series and pointed out that there are two pdf documents that present the key points [Read More...]

The Bible and Climate Change

Lauri Lebo shared a video of a Republican representative citing the Bible as proof that humans will not be able to destroy the earth. That is wrong on so many levels. Rep. Shimkus said, “The earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth.” Biblical prophecy, [Read More...]

Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters

As several other bloggers have already noted, Eisenbrauns has launched a new academic journal, the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. More information is available on the publisher’s web site, and a sample issue is available for download. [Read more...]

Exploring Our Matrix is Seven Years Old

Seven years ago today, a blog called Exploring Our Matrix started in an obscure corner of my personal web space on the Butler web site. [Read more...]

2010 Bibliobloggers Dinner

As Bob Cargill has announced, plans have been made for the 2010 bibliobloggers dinner to be held in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Bob writes: The 2010 biblioblogger gathering in Atlanta this year will be held at Gibney’s irish pub (map) on Sunday night, November 21, 2010, at 6:45 pm. It’s [Read More...]

Larry Hurtado reviews The Only True God

Larry Hurtado has written a review of my book The Only True God, an extended version of which he has shared on his web site. Larry Hurtado A couple of other bloggers managed to mention this before I had the chance to, which really attests to the effectiveness of blogs as means for spreading news and information. [Read More...]

Is the Bibliobloggers Dinner a thing of the past?

So far I’ve heard nothing about a bibliobloggers’ dinner at this year’s Society of Biblical Literature conference on any of the Biblical studies blogs. Is this something we’ve decided to give up on? All it takes to make it happen is for us to agree on a day, time, and venue. It shouldn’t be too [Read More...]

Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Curriculum

I received an e-mail a few days ago saying that there is still room at a workshop the Wabash Center will be holding immediately prior to SBL in Atlanta. More information is available on the Wabash Center website. Wabash Center Pre-Conference Workshop At the 2010 SBL Annual Meeting Teaching The Bible in the Liberal Arts CurriculumAtlanta, Georgia [Read More...]

Is The Event the Anti-LOST?

I was intrigued to notice today that the number of views of my blog post on the ending of LOST had passed the 10,000 mark. It seems that there not only has been but continues to be significant interest in that topic. People are still reflecting on the finale, and looking for explanations. Perhaps this [Read More...]

Leiden Manuscript of Talmud Yerushalmi Online

HT to the Talmud Blog for drawing attention to the fact that the Leiden manuscript of Talmud Yerushalmi (i.e. the Jerusalem Talmud) is online. [Read more...]

Daylight Savings Time Reminder

If you’re in the United States then you almost certainly need to remember to turn your clocks back tonight. If you live elsewhere and didn’t do it a week ago, you may perhaps benefit from this reminder too… [Read more...]

Oral ‘Round the Blogosphere

A particular word/name/concept seems to appear in lots of otherwise diverse and even unrelated blog posts from today… Paul and Scripture shares papers from the upcoming 2010 SBL Annual Meeting, including one by Ben Witherington entitled ‘IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM’: Sacred Texts in an Oral Culture Oral Roberts’ grandson, Randy Roberts Potts, wrote an opinion piece [Read More...]

Secret Mark Symposium

No, it isn’t a secret symosium about Mark (otherwise I wouldn’t be letting the cat out of the bag) but an announcement about a planned symposium about the Secret Gospel of Mark. Tony Burke announced that there is hope to hold such an event in York in May 2011. Timo Paananen also mentioned it. Tony [Read More...]

Dennis Vennema on Reason To Believe’s “Testable Creation Model”

At Science and the Sacred (the Biologos Forum), Evangelical Christian and biologist Dennis Vennema offers a critique of the old-earth creationism of Reasons to Believe. It focuses on comparative primate genetics. Since it has “Part 1″ in the title, we can expect that there is even more to come! [Read more...]


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