You Raise Me Up

Here’s my son (age 8) playing “You Raise Me Up” (Selah’s arrangement) on the violin, accompanied by me on the piano. The still image during the first 27 seconds is due to “technical difficulties” in that portion of the video, but the sound works throughout, and the video is fine from then on. [Read more...]

The Conference of Mark Goodacre’s Dreams

Cardiff University has announced the following: Whoniversal Appeal: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Doctor Who, and its Spin-Offs (14-15 November, 2008) Visit the official conference page for more details. (HT IO9) [Read more...]

Review of Stephen J. Nichols, Jesus Made in America

Review of Stephen J. Nichols, Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ (Downers Grove: IVP Academic [InterVarsity Press], 2008). Criticisms from outside are easily dismissed. Those who criticize us in this way, we can reassure ourselves, simply don’t like us, or they are fundamentally opposed to [Read More...]

Book Cover Photo

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on my question about self publishing. If I go ahead with publishing in that format, I’d love to have a photo of a first century Jewish tomb or ossuary on the cover. Does anyone have any that they may have taken on a trip to Israel, and which they’d [Read More...]


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...]