There seem to be two trends in publishing at the moment. On the one hand, larger presses are making cutbacks. On the other hand, there is a proliferation of self-published books and the process of publishing your own book is becoming cheaper and more convenient. Does anyone have thoughts on self-publishing? Has anyone done it [Read More...]

Comparing views of the Bible

I’ve made some links available on the Crooked Creek Baptist Church blog, allowing readers to compare different views Christians hold about the Bible, as well as get further information on the canon and other relevant issues. If anyone has suggestions about other resources (including your own blog posts – don’t be shy!) or better ways [Read More...]

Reflections on the ComicCon Dharma Video

I’ve posted the video below before, but haven’t had the chance to watch it carefully and comment on it until now. Some of the most important elements are the following: 1) We learn that Dr. Marvin Candle is in face really an astrophysicist from Ann Arbor, Michigan whose name is Pierre Cheng or Chang. 2) [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Jim West pointed out this clip from “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” on YouTube. The documentary is controversial among fundamentalists, since it dares to present information that is common knowledge among all people who bother reading what Biblical scholars write. [shock, horror] Biblische Ausbildung has this great cartoon: Shuck & Jive has a Q&A; with Michael [Read More...]

LOST Exodus from Season 1

I just finished watching season 1 of LOST. What a marvellous bit of television LOST is! Just like the Black Rock made us presume there was a rock rather than a boat out there in the “Dark Territory”, the naming of Aaron and the naming of the three-hour, two-part season finale “Exodus” was a false [Read More...]

Reviews of the Fall of the Evangelical Nation

Christine Wicker has been kind enough to include a link to my post about her recent book, The Fall of the Evangelical Nation, on her own blog. Since she only links to my blog and not the specific post, here’s a link to the relevant post for those who’ve come here from there looking for [Read More...]

Christian Prophecy and the Words of Jesus

There has been some discussion in the biblioblogosphere in recent days about the possibility that words of Christian prophets, which would have been understood to be the words of the risen Christ, became intermingled in the oral (and eventually the written) traditions about Jesus in early Christianity. The conversation began at Singing in the Reign [Read More...]

Another Quote for Tomorrow (Tony Campolo)

“In reality, conservatives and liberals need each other: Conservatives maintain many lines that should never be crossed, while liberals destroy many lines that should never have existed” (Tony Campolo, Red Letter Christians, p.36). [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Tony Campolo)

“One of the main reasons I became a Christian was that I was told I would be joining an army that was doing battle with evil forces, powers that were all too evident and often in control of the world around me. I was told that I would be joining with other Christians and participating [Read More...]

When Christians Disagree: Introduction

I’ve posted a summary of what we covered in my Sunday School class this morning, in the first introductory session on the subject “When Christians Disagree”, on the church’s blog. [Read more...]

Deus ex Machina LOST Boone

I just watched the LOST season 1 episode “Deus ex Machina“. It was great to finally see the other end of the transmission I heard soon after I started watching the show, when the “tailies” heard a voice on the other end of a transmission, claiming to be survivors of Oceanic flight 815. What is [Read More...]

M-Audio Session Keystudio

I recently bought the M-AUDIO Session KeyStudio. For less than a hundred dollars on, you get a 49-key keyboard MIDI controller and Session software. I already had Mixcraft installed, and so I tend to use that for recording. It also includes drum and other loops. The keyboard is just a MIDI controller – it [Read More...]

Why the Red Sox Always LOST the World Series

In the episode of LOST from season 1 entitled “Outlaws“, Sawyer meets Christian Shepherd in a bar in Australia. Christian tells Sawyer that he is too weak to do that which could fix everything – call his son and tell him that he loves him, and that he’s grateful and proud because of what he [Read More...]

Two More Fans Needed

Thanks to everyone who helped identify my blog in its blog network on Facebook. It seems I need a mere two more fans of my blog’s network in order for them to add my feed to it. If any two regular readers who are on Facebook could oblige, I’d be most grateful! [Read more...]