Jennifer Knapp Interview on Larry King Live

Here’s Part One of a video of Jennifer Knapp being interviewed by Larry King on CNN: You can find a transcript on the CNN website. The parts are also on YouTube, and the whole thing is interesting. HT a time to rend [Read more...]

Videos Galore! Noah, the Arkeologists and Much More!

There are lots of interesting video items today. Jim West and the ASOR blog share the ABC News coverage of the latest alleged discovery of Noah’s Ark, featuring Eric Cline. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be possible to embed it here, but it is definitely worth watching. Bible Films Blog shares that the documentary “Jesus [Read More...]

Church of the V

Tonight’s episode of “V” cranked up the level of spirituality and religious themes. Although hints of Anna being viewed as like a god were raised in the last episode, tonight’s showed what might well be a realistic response to the arrival of aliens who demonstrated an ability to heal otherwise incurable human illnesses and injuries. After [Read More...]

Lostless Tuesday

As fans try to cope with this Tuesday without LOST, here is an account by Nikki Stafford of the things that run through LOST fans minds’ as they sit in church… [Read more...]

Boobquake on the Colbert Report

For those following “boobquake,” a humorous “test” of the connectedness or otherwise of immodest dress and earthquakes, it made it onto the Colbert Report. The whole thing started with a student named Jen McCreight right here in Indiana. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Boobquake Day Causes Earthquake Colbert Report Full [Read More...]

Hashem and the Record Club

Last night I watched the movie A Serious Man, which I must confess is the first Coen brothers film I’ve seen. It is powerful in its subtlety. The movie was recommended to me as a sort of “modern retelling of Job,” but in a sense it has many inversions of the Job narrative, and is [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Matt Kelley)

“By inviting Glenn Beck, Liberty University is proving once again that they value their identity as Americans (at least, their definition of what a “real” American is) more than their identity as Christians. The fact that Beck shares their political orientation trumps the fact that they think he is going to hell because of his [Read More...]

Revelation Recommendations

I’ll be teaching a class on the Book of Revelation next semester, and need to make a decision about the textbook soon. I’d like to use a one-volume commentary that doesn’t require knowledge of Greek. I had a good experience with Andrew Lincoln’s commentary on the Gospel of John this semester, and so I’m thinking [Read More...]

Walking in MesoPTAHmia?

There’s a double-attempt at lame humor in the title of this post. But I do have a serious question. I’m gearing up to spend this summer working on the Mandaean Book of John, and I had a question come to mind as I was thinking about the figure of Ptahil. This name is clearly connected [Read More...]

Jonathan Robinson reviews The Only True God

Jonathan Robinson has a review of my book The Only True God on his blog ξἐνος. [Read more...]

Love, Levitical Style

There is plenty in Leviticus that Christians and even many Jews today not only do not observe, but do not even feel the slightest tinge of guilt about not observing. Yet Leviticus gets quoted all the time by such people as an argument against homosexuality. I suspect that a good place to start discussing material in Leviticus [Read More...]

Homosexuality and Hinduism in Sunday School Today

Today in my Sunday school class we began our discussion of homosexuality. It immediately took an interesting turn, with one person suggesting that “gay activists” are trying to expose children at a young age to the idea of homosexuality, so that they will treat it as normal. An individual involved in education replied by pointing [Read More...]

Vasks Videos

I have long enjoyed the music of contemporary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, and had the privilege of meeting him on a visit to Latvia. If you have never discovered his music, here are some samples I found on YouTube that will give you an introduction. And believe it or not, there is even more than [Read More...]

A Biblical Literalist Perspective on Homosexuality

Leviticus 18:22 (NIV) says “‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” Leviticus 20:13 says more or less the same thing. 1 Corinthians 6:9 often loses something in translation, but the term arsenokoitai, which nowadays is often translated with some reference to homosexuality, is literally a compound word made from [Read More...]