James and Jesus

My Sunday school class started a new series a few weeks ago, on the Epistle of James. It has often been said that the letter focuses very little direct attention on Jesus. In terms of explicit mentions, there are surprisingly few. But the letter is permeated throughout with teachings and emphases that are recognizable from [Read More...]

Best Analogy Ever? The Bible is like a Software License

HT to Rev. Jeremy Smith for this great analogy: And of course, we learned recently of the danger of not reading what you are agreeing to. [Read more...]

Must Christianity Change Or Die?

HT to Chris Tilling for sharing this video of John Shelby Spong and Al Mohler. It is clear from his statements that all Mohler has is a fear of uncertainty and individual responsibility which drives him to view the Bible as providing certainty and authority. (The final statement from Lee Strobel does nothing to change [Read More...]

Book on Dumitru Staniloae Available Online and for Free Download

Thanks to Danut Manastireanu for pointing out that this volume about the Romanian Orthodox theologian Dumitru Staniloae is available for free on Scribd! Lucian Turcescu, editor, Dumitru Staniloae: Tradition and Modernity in Theology http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf He and a couple of other friends of mine contributed to the volume. [Read more...]

Happy Bultmann’s and Tillich’s Birthday!

August 20th is the birthday of two of the 20th century’s most influential theologians: Rudolf Bultmann and Paul Tillich. Bultmann was even more so a New Testament scholar. Some of their works in German can be found on the Internet Archive, while several important works in English can be found at Religion Online – such [Read More...]

A New Kind Of Final

As I have been reflecting more and more on how technology is changing not only how we teach, but also what we need to teach students, and train students to be able to do, I have found myself considering phasing out exams of the traditional sort, in which I essentially test what they have been able to [Read More...]

Rick Wakeman Keyboard Solo With Transcription

Here’s a video clip of Rick Wakeman that starts with the most phenomenal segment of the keyboard solo: And here’s a transcription of the whole thing on Scribd: ABWH – Rick Wakeman Solo Live (Piano) http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf Once again I am amazed at the resources available online for musicians! [Read more...]

Butterfly Tree

Today when I was mowing the lawn, I noticed once again that there seemed to be several butterflies, which appeared to be black, spending time in the shadow of our pear trees. This time, however, I took a closer look. The first thing that I discovered was that, far from being plain and black, these [Read More...]

Freshman Mindset

I always find these lists fascinating. Several blogs pointed out that the latest Beloit College Mindset list is out – highlighting things that have always or never been the case during the lifetime of this year’s incoming freshmen. This made me think of the scene I was told about from the show Wizards of Waverly Place, where [Read More...]

Butler University Ranking In U.S. News and World Report

The U. S. News and World Report rankings of colleges and universities for this year (actually for 2011 to be more precise) have just been released. Butler University has ranked #2 in the category of Regional Universities in the Midwest. We also ranked #1 on the list of up-and-coming regional universities in the Midwest. [Read more...]

Michael Dowd on the Bankruptcy of Biblical Christianity

Rev. Michael Dowd has a new blog post up entitled “Biblical Christianity Is Bankrupt.” Whether you feel that statement is obviously true or offensive and false, I would encourage you to read his post, since he has a lot of interesting things to say – even for those who spend a lot of their time pondering [Read More...]

Advice from Chuang Tzu for Students

One of my favorite quotes from the Chinese sage Chuang Tzu is this one: When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind or sees two targets — He is [Read More...]

If You Miss The Matrixyness

You can bookmark this post and see scrolling text every time you come here! [Alas, it requires Flash] http://widgetserver.com/syndication/flash/wrapper/InsertWidget.swf [Read more...]

Dull But Legible

I’ve tinkered once again with the formatting on the blog. I know at least some readers found the title bar a bit too much, and I kept feeling frustrated with the tendency of content to overflow the main post area into the right sidebar. And so I’ve moved everything into two sidebars on the left. [Read More...]