The Good Samaritan (Stay On Your Toes)

Via Daily Kos. Sometimes satire makes a point better than any other approach could. [Read more...]

Review of Ronald Charles, Paul and the Politics of Diaspora

I am grateful to Fortress Press for having sent me a gratis review copy of Ronald Charles’ book Paul and the Politics of Diaspora. Charles’ book is a revised version of his doctoral dissertation, and as surprising as it may sound, it is the first full-length monograph which approaches Paul of Tarsus, his life, thought, and [Read More...]

The Bible is Clear: You Must Not Distort Justice

Loren Rosson has an absolutely fantastic guest post by his friend Ray Vaillancourt, offering a truly Biblical approach to a contemporary issue. Here is an excerpt: Conservatives remind us that the Bible is clear: homosexual behavior is a sin. We have a moral duty to stop it. God wants us to teach homosexuals some Bible [Read More...]

Distracted by a Burning Bush

From The New Yorker via Hemant Mehta. It is actually quite a poignant cartoon, asking us to reflect on where we look for God, and whether things that we presume to be revelations from God might not rather be distractions from God. For instance, it could equally have depicted God saying, “Those are just words that humans [Read More...]

When You Have More Than You Need

I saw this on Facebook, and thought it nicely addressed a common human instinct. When any of us rises above the general situation of poverty that characterizes human existence, our instinct is to protect that status, not to make sure the path is clear for others to get where we are. We must resist that [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy

The Invisible Enemy is famous as the episode that introduced K-9. But what I find most interesting about it is its exploration of racism and specieism. The Doctor and Leela arrive in the year 5,000, at a point at which humanity has been expanding through the solar system. The Doctor explicitly makes a comparison between humanity and a [Read More...]

Bond Who?

I’ve been rewatching the James Bond movies with my son, who hadn’t seen them yet. We just watched On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and are Whovians, and so it is time to mention the “James Bond is a Time Lord” theory. I’ll include a summary of it below. But even more fun, I think, is [Read More...]

History of Labor Day

HT Allan Bevere [Read more...]

The Judgment of the Gods (The Graven Images Bible)

The Bible talks a lot about “graven images.” Where does that leave an engraver? Apparently it can lead to them making something called “The Illustrated Bible in Graven Images.” David Binnig has created a blog with a number of images made from linocuts. I particularly liked the one below, entitled “Judgment of the Gods,” since [Read More...]

Give a Flying Flip

The quote is from something Sarah Palin said in response to criticism of Donald Trump not knowing the names of leaders of other countries. It seemed appropriate to point out the irony of her saying that people don’t care who the leader is, since the leader will change, when she cares very much who the leader is [Read More...]

Always Open

TheologyGrams shared the above chart. The imagery at the end of Revelation is noteworthy, and I’ve sought to draw attention to it before. Revelation ends with the nations still existing outside the city, and with its gates always open. I’m not entirely sure how this vision relates to the depiction of a lake of fire, [Read More...]

Latest Doctor Who Trailer

There are some great comments on IO9 about the latest trailer for the next new episode of Doctor Who, which airs two weeks from today. “Maximum extermination” is indeed a funny sort of phrase. Personally, I’m more intrigued by the reference to [SPOILER ALERT] the Doctor’s “last will and testament.” I was tempted to make [Read More...]

If Eve Only Knew

The book If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be is now available, and I wanted to draw attention to that fact. I mentioned the book when I reviewed another book, Damaged Goods.  Here’s what I wrote as an endorsement: “This new book by Irons and Mock [Read More...]

Do as Jesus Says, Not as He Does?

Bruce Gerencser shared the above graphic, which another blogger made from a quote of his. Bruce writes, “for any Christian who happens to stumble upon my deep, dark, evil corner of the blogosphere, I’d love to hear your explanation of Jesus saying, love your enemies, while God, the alter-ego of Jesus, tortures his enemies in hell. [Read More...]