Blogs that Make Me Think and Make My Day

Carmen Andres kindly chose me as one of her five blogs that make her think and make her day. Thanks Carmen! Now all I have to do is whittle down my own list to a mere five and pass on the honor…and that’s not easy! But I will choose five, as I must… Thoughts in [Read More...]

LOST Power

We had a bad thunderstorm pass through Indianapolis yesterday, and there’s a power line down in my back yard. If I blog, it will be from the office (where I came this morning not first and foremost to blog, but to move the contents of our freezer into our nice new empty office fridge’s freezer). [Read More...]

LOST: The Shape Of Seasons To Come

Tonight’s season finale certainly didn’t disappoint – and now we have indeed found some spoilers to have been true. We also know a bit more about what will happen next season on LOST. But there are a lot of details in tonight’s episode that we’ll be pondering for the rest of the series, and perhaps [Read More...]

There’s No Place Like LOST

Tonight will be the season finale of LOST, when we are sure to be wowed once again and then left wondering and with a painful sense of withdrawal until the next season. There have been multiple allusions to The Wizard Of Oz, and the fact that the finale is called “There’s No Place Like Home” [Read More...]

Collaborative Preaching

I probably should have included it in my last post, since it touches on the book of Job, but here’s a link to an article in Worship Connection by Matt Kelley entitled “Collaborative Preaching: Teaching Others the Art of Holy Conversation“. Matt was one of the very first religion majors I got to know at [Read More...]

God: As Real as You or I

I was planning on posting on this subject anyway, but I then got tagged with a meme by Lingamish, and so the original idea will have a longer prelude and the post will have a slightly different form. The meme began at Elizaphanian. It poses the following questions: 1. if the nature of god is [Read More...]

History and Fiction in the Acts of Thomas

An article of mine is now available (for those with subscriptions or access through libraries or institutions) in the most recent issue of the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha. The article’s title is “History and Fiction in the Acts of Thomas: The State of the Question“. [Read more...]

Underverse and Izgad

I didn’t know what else to call this post, which basically highlights two blogs that I’ve recently become aware of. Underverse continues the conversation about theology that has spanned Larry Moran’s blog, this one and several others (including most recently De-Conversion, C. Orthodoxy, another contribution by Anxious Mo-Fo, EvolutionBlog, Pharyngula, John Pieret, Ken Schenck and [Read More...]

Delighting in our Differences

I’ve just started working on developing a curriculum for use in the Sunday School class I teach (or perhaps a midweek Bible study). The original title that I came up with in conversation with some other members of the congregation was “Dealing With Our Differences”, but I’m becoming more inclined to go with “Delighting in [Read More...]

Christianity and Education

In light of a recent discussion on this blog, and perhaps all discussions on this blog and everything I’ve done with my life for the past twenty years or so, I’m inclined to ask the question: What is the relationship between Christian faith and education? The question arises for a number of reasons. First, Christianity [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Pew Forum has a lengthy interview with Andrew Newberg about religion and neuroscience. There are also articles by him available online. Mystical Seeker ponders the universe in all its unfolding creativity. Scot McKnight wrestles with the impression one can get from the Bible that God is a bully. NT Wrong blogs about the God of [Read More...]

101,000

Well, at some point when I wasn’t looking, the number of hits on my blog passed 100,000 and even passed 101,000 before I noticed. This is the number of hits since I moved my blog from its old location to Blogger back in June of 2007. Thanks to everyone who has visited, is visiting now, [Read More...]

Clarity and Criticism

Some of my students this semester were unhappy that I made comments about the ways in which they expressed themselves in English. Here are some quotes from assignments I received this semester. I’d welcome input from anyone, but in particular other professors, about the standard of student English in our time, whether I’m too fussy [Read More...]

Sticking Up For The Sadducees

Sadducees get a bad rap. If one attended Sunday school, one probably learned that as they didn’t believe in an afterlife, they were “sad you see” (which sounds like Sadducee). We only know about the Sadducees from their critics (or at the very least those who disagreed with them): Josephus is probably the least negative [Read More...]


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