The First Baptists, The Last Gnostics

Here’s a recording of the talk I gave about the Mandaeans yesterday to an audience of faculty, staff, and students at Butler University, as part of the Faculty Brown Bag series. [Read more...]

Brown Bag Talk on the Mandaeans

I am very impressed with the poster that Rebecca DeGrazia made for my upcoming brown bag lunchtime talk on the Mandaeans. On Thursday, January 22nd, I’ll be talking about the Mandaeans, their history, scholarship on them, and my work on translating and commenting on the Mandaean Book of John. [Read more...]

Freedom of Religion Panel Discussion

A few weeks ago, I was part of a panel discussion on the topic of freedom of religion at Butler University. It was recorded, and even though the sound quality is not excellent, I still think it may be worth sharing. [Read more...]

A Student’s Prayer

I recently learned that Cate Pickens, a student at Butler University, has started up a new blog, and it includes a post about Cybertopia, which is her final paper from a course she took with me last year. You’ll probably also appreciate her “College Student’s Prayer at Christmastime” which includes things like these: Dear Lord; I am [Read More...]

A Polite Bribe Q and A at Butler University

I was delighted that Robert Orlando was able to come to Butler to make a guest appearance in my class on Paul and the early church, and then participate in a Q&A session after we showed his movie “Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe.” Perry Kea of the University of Indianapolis also participated in the Q&A, and [Read More...]

A Polite Bribe at Butler University

A Polite Bribe: See the Movie, Meet the Filmmaker A showing of the critically-acclaimed film “A Polite Bribe” by Robert Orlando will take place onThursday, November 13, at 7pm, in Gallahue Hall, room 108. The showing will be followed by a Q&A discussion, featuring Robert Orlando himself, together with Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler’s Department [Read More...]

Starfleet Business as Usual

This is how we dress for meetings on October 31th at Butler University. I liked that the redshirt t-shirt had a warning label on the back: [Read more...]

Is Reconciliation Worth It?

I’m grateful to Marguerite Stanciu of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University for drawing attention to the above video. I was there to hear Allan Boesak speak, and it is part lecture, part sermon, and wholly inspirational. I encourage you to give it a listen. [Read more...]

Q and A with Robert Orlando

I am delighted that Robert Orlando will be coming to Butler University on November 13th at 7pm in Gallahue Hall Room 108. We’ll be showing his movie, A Polite Bribe, and he’ll also speak about his book Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe which is available for pre-order from Wipf and Stock as well as on Amazon.com. After the [Read More...]

Lifelong Learning in Religious Studies

My colleague Brent Hege shared on Facebook the sense of trepidation one has as a professor who is not an expert in Shintoism, and finds that one has a student who is Shinto in a course that will include a brief overview of that tradition. I chimed in in a comment and wrote the following: [Read More...]

Caffeinate!

Classes start today at Butler University. Caffeination is the way to prepare! [Read more...]


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