Quotes of the Day (Facebook Friends)

My blog’s feed is linked to my Facebook profile so that new posts appear as “notes” on Facebook. And there a recent post started a discussion between two friends who are also New Testament scholars. Here are the highlights: “Ah how quickly our revelation becomes THE revelation.” (John Byron) “…Some things never change, other things [Read More...]

Proud Of Indiana

I’m proud of the state I live in once again today, as I learned that Indiana was one of a relatively small number of states that was awarded an “A” for its science standards by the National Center for Science Education. [Read more...]

Cited in the Press

It is always nice when one’s expertise in a particular field is appreciated and you get linked to. [winks at Jim West] [Read more...]

New Directions in Pooh Studies

Any Biblical scholar who has never read the article “New Directions in Pooh Studies: Überlieferungs- und religionsgeschichtliche Studienzum Pu-Buch” by D. J. A. Clines is missing out on a classic that is highly entertaining. It is available online, so you have no excuse for not reading this gem! [Read more...]

Bad Boy Bible Study

David Ker tagged me with a creative meme. In a recent post, he discussed how Christians might make sense of, and preach on, the story in 2 Kings 2:23-24: “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go [Read More...]

Kenneth Bailey on the Parable of Two Lost Sons

I just discovered another great work that can be read online: Kenneth Bailey’s Poet and Peasant & Through Peasant Eyes, which includes his famous discussion of the cultural background to the parable traditionally known as “the prodigal son”. [Read more...]

The Bible’s Teaching About Being Prepared To Set Aside The Bible’s Teaching

The sermon at my church this Sunday was about Cornelius in Acts 10. In the story, Peter sees a vision in which he is told to kill and eat all sorts of things that were prohibited by the Jewish Law. Peter understandably refuses to eat such unclean things, only to be told by the heavenly [Read More...]

The Canonical Prayerbook of the Mandaeans

I just discovered that E. S. Drower’s English translation of the Canonical Prayerbook of the Mandaeans is available for searching online (although it cannot be downloaded) at Google Books. [Read more...]

Mythicists and Creationists

In the comments on a recent post, some mythicists are showing how their perspective is similar to that of creationists. (I once compared their viewpoint to inerrancy, but young-earth creationism in this instance provides a greater resemblance). For those who may not have encountered this particular viewpoint, mythicists claim that Jesus was not a historical [Read More...]

Picking and Choosing

Do not deceive yourself into thinking you have refrained from picking and choosing, just because the verses you have picked and chosen are ones that speak against picking and choosing. [Read more...]

Behe vs. Bacterial Flagella

Those interested in science, biology, creationism and intelligent design may remember a small but significant detail from the Dover trial and its aftermath. It became clear at one point that there was an experiment that could be done within a relatively short time frame to check Michael Behe’s claim that structures like the bacterial flagellum [Read More...]

Obama the Anti-Christ? On the Contrary!

Frum Heretic mentioned this in a comment, and I thought it deserved to be highlighted in a post of its own. Far from Barack Obama being the antichrist, using Gematria one can find evidence that he is the long-awaited Jewish Messiah! [Read more...]

Demystifying the Bible

Many bloggers have attempted to debunk the recent attempt to convert words attributed to Jesus in the New Testament into Hebrew and then interpret them as a prediction that Barack Obama is the antichrist. It is important to ask what is at the root of such an approach to the Bible. Many people treat the [Read More...]

Christian Baseball and Christian History

There are plenty of athletes who are public about their religious beliefs – whether in the form of some show of appeal to divine intervention in their favor during a game, or writing books and doing interviews in which they take advantage of their celebrity status to talk about their faith. But I have yet [Read More...]