Evolution and Biblical Genealogies

Another biblioblogger asked me recently about the genealogies in the Bible, and how liberal Christians make sense of the unbroken line of names connecting mythical figures like Adam or Noah to historical figures like Hezekiah and Jesus, and where the dividing line is drawn. My answer to the last question was that there is no [Read More...]

The iPad at Butler University

Butler University has set up a blog for faculty and others connected with the university to post about their impressions of and experiences with the iPad. I just posted my own first contribution to that blog, which I gave the title “The iPad: Fun and Pedagogically Useful.” [Read more...]

Dead Bible Sketch

By a round-about means, a conversation on Facebook among bibliobloggers led to Tim Bulkeley offering a variation on the famous Dead Parrot Sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He wrote: Preacher: This Scripture, Sir, is not dead, merely sleeping, or somewhat lethargic. Congregant: No I tell you! It’s dead, deceased, karked it, it has kicked [Read More...]

AAR Annual Meeting Videos

The American Academy of Religion has made videos of presentations at the 2009 annual meeting available online. [Read more...]

Daniel Pink on Motivation

As a new semester draws near, we need to think about motivation, and this is a great talk on the topic. http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf [Read more...]

Review of The Gospel of John in Cultural and Rhetorical Perspective

I am grateful to Eerdmans for sending me a review copy of Jerome Neyrey’s latest book, The Gospel of John in Cultural and Rhetorical Perspective (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009). The book is made up of previously-published studies, most of which are fairly recent, but the earliest of which goes back some 30 years. As such, the book [Read More...]

“Thank God My Opponents Are Pharisees!”

I remember in my teenage years how I expressed my Christian faith with great zeal, little knowledge and even less wisdom. After all, Jesus didn’t pull any punches with the Pharisees, and Paul was outspoken and direct in his attacks on his opponents. Looking back now, I see this as yet another application of the [Read More...]

Video Games Live

Did anyone reading this DVR the concert “Video Games Live” which aired on PBS recently? I set it to record but it didn’t do so (at least not in viewable fashion), and am disappointed that my son missed it because of “technical difficulties.” If you recorded it, please let me know! Thanks in advance for [Read More...]

Web is a Battlefield

“We are strongNo one can tell us we’re wrongSearching online for so longBoth of us knowingWeb is a battlefield” – Pat Benetar (with the slightest of modifications) I had an interesting e-mail exchange over the past few days with an internet apologist who wrote a review of my book The Burial of Jesus. As it [Read More...]

Independent Colleges of Indiana Instructional Technology Summit

Yesterday I had the privilege of participating in the 7th Annual ICI Instructional Technology Summit which took place at Butler University. In one session, I was one of several faculty from Butler who have been part of a workshop entitled “Transforming Teaching Through Technology.” My presentation (for which I shared the Prezi in an earlier post) [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (John Shore)

“A person who at college doesn’t find himself seriously questioning all sorts of core assumptions about himself and the way he thinks is almost certainly receiving an inferior education. Learning new things means questioning the old things.” – John Shore, “Doubting Christ, Young Christian? Have At It!” (HT Wes Ellis) [Read more...]

New Law Would Ban Loveless Marriages

The Onion does it again, with this entertaining parody of some current legislative and societal debates: http://o.onionstatic.com/flash/video/embedded_player.swf?videoid=14401New Law Would Ban Marriages Between People Who Don’t Love Each Other [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (RJS)

“I think that we distort the text when we try to harmonize – and we may, in fact, harmonize away the truth. The so-called discrepancies aren’t problems to be solved, but clues as to the form and purpose of the text. The fact that the order of creation is different in these accounts tells us [Read More...]

LOST and Religion Video Compilations?

A fellow biblioblogger asked me if I knew of any video compilations on YouTube or elsewhere that compile snippets with religious symbolism and imagery. If you know of any, please share them. Thanks! [Read more...]