Colbert on Climate

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Science Catfight – Joe Bastardi vs. Brenda Ekwurzel Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Reform [Read more...]

Source Criticism

Today we continued the topic of the Synoptic Problem in my class on the Bible. In addition to presenting the mainstream Q hypothesis, I also mentioned Mark Goodacre as a good source for an alternative view that questions the existence of Q, with plenty of helpful material online. However, I think it may be some [Read More...]

LOST Happily Ever After Links

Here are some links related to last night’s amazing episode of LOST: Nik at Night: Happily Ever AfterIO9: Fifteen Things We Learned in Last Night’s LostTV Overmind review of Happily Ever AfterPaul Levinson’s Infinite Regress: The Reunion of Two Realities Begins One more important connection to Fringe: parallel universes as relevant to the continued life of [Read More...]

J. J. Abrams and Anton Bruckner Lost on the Fringe

It has been said that Anton Bruckner didn’t compose nine symphonies, he composed one symphony nine times. I wonder if we could say something similar about J. J. Abrams. His shows Fringe and LOST seem to have converged on key themes. Parallel universes, a small number of people who have crossed between them, deja vu as somehow connected [Read More...]

LOST Humor, Untangled and Slapped Down

Here are the latest humorous offerings in the series LOST: Untangled and LOST Slapdown: The LOST Slapdown #9 video will reveal a possible alternative ending to LOST which gave Damon and Carlton…paws. [Read more...]

Proud of the Butler Bulldogs

Like so many others, it is hard to feel anything other than pride for the Butler Bulldogs and what was an impressive end to an incredible season. One of the two teams in the championship was going to lose – we all knew that before the season even began. Butler went all the way to the [Read More...]

New Book by Keith Ward on the Bible

I have found several of Keith Ward’s books helpful over the years, and so I was excited to notice today that he has a new one out, The Word of God: The Bible After Modern Scholarship. I hope to get a chance to read it in the not too distant future! [Read more...]

Biblical Hebrew Independent Study

In the near future I may be involved in working with one or two students interested in doing some Biblical Hebrew as an independent study. This would certainly not have the same format as a class with a significant number of students that met 2-3 times each week. And so I thought I’d see whether any [Read More...]

Mortal Gods: Is Immortality Desirable?

Today’s reading in my religion and science fiction class was the story “Mortal Gods” by Orson Scott Card. I’m including the story below, for those who may never have read it. It raises a question relevant to this particular season. Is immortality desirable? Many religious traditions in our contemporary world focus on offering the promise [Read More...]

Leviticus 19: What Would Jesus Pick and Choose?

In my Sunday School class we have been working through Scot McKnight’s book The Blue Parakeet. In the chapter we are up to, entitled “The Year Of Living Jesus-ly,” Scot asks readers to consider some commandments found in Leviticus 19 and check off which ones they think should be followed today. I encourage readers to [Read More...]

Happy Easter!

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Tomb Closed Sunday

Photo by Tom Bolin. HT Jim West and Tom Verenna, both of whom rightly observe the irony… [Read more...]

Well Done, Butler! Go Dawgs!

Congratulations Butler Bulldogs! Job well done! Good luck in the championship on Monday! [Read more...]

A Saturday that Shouldn’t be Skipped

The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on historical misconceptions and uncertainties as well as important theological questions. In the case of the latter, where you think Jesus was on that Saturday nearly 2,000 years ago provides indication of how you think not only about the afterlife but also [Read More...]