RIP Kenneth Bailey

Via Joel Watts on Facebook, I learned of the passing away of Kenneth Bailey. Bailey grew up in the Middle East and then taught New Testament there, and learned a great deal from his students, insights which he shared with others in his writing and speaking. His work on the parables in Luke, as well as [Read More…]

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Star Wars’ Influence on Culture

One more for Star Wars Day: Indianapolis local Jason Eberl, professor of philosophy at Marian University and well-known to many as an editor of a series of books on philosophy and popular culture, recently appeared on WGN Radio talking about the influence of Star Wars on culture. Have a listen via the link below! Star Wars Influence on Culture [Read more…]

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Myth and Science Fiction

The quote comes from Douglas Cowan’s excellent book Sacred Space, which I reviewed on the blog back in 2012. [Read more…]

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Leaving American Christianity Behind?

Rachel Held Evans shared the above words, in a post which also says “even the most painful religious experiences cannot simply be discarded. They must be confronted, molded, repurposed.  It’s a messy, sacred process” and “Yes, we are called to grow and mature, and yes, our convictions and denominational affiliations will likely change, but I’ve found [Read More…]

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They Will Know We Are Christians

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LOST Rewatch: Stranger in a Strange Land

Tom Friendly tells Jack they are moving him. Jack says that if they are going to kill him, they should have the honesty not to call it “moving” him. Tom asks Jack what kind if people he thinks they are. he says the kind of people that would kidnap a pregnant woman, hang Charlie from [Read More…]

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What Living In Romania Taught Me About The New Testament

Here's another repost from the early days of my blog: I love the surprised look on people’s faces when I tell them that I didn’t really understand the New Testament until I lived in Romania. Romania was part of the Roman Empire at one point, but even had this not been the case, it still [Read More…]

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Meeting a Foreigner

A blog post about Jesus’ encounter with the Syrophoenician woman was drawn to my attention. The blog in question is Wordgazer’s Words and has lots of interesting things on it. The specific post draws on lots of key scholars’ work on the historic and cultural context, and draws the conclusion: So how do we apply [Read More…]

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It’s Wisdom

The quote from Rachel Held Evans (“It’s not capitulating to culture to change your mind based on new information. It’s wisdom.”) was a Facebook status update. The background image comes from the Archaeology News Network. It seemed to me an appropriate image to go with the quote – people unearthing new data. Of related interest, [Read More…]

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Refugeaster

This Sunday morning’s service at Crooked Creek Baptist Church was held jointly not just with the members of Grace Tabernacle, a Congolese congregation that has been sharing our building, but with many guests who were here for the “Life After Pain” conference. We had our own choir as well as a Congolese choir, and the [Read More…]

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New Journal: Science, Religion, and Culture

Heather Wax was one of a couple of people to draw my attention to the launch of a new peer-reviewed journal, Science, Religion, and Culture. The first issue includes contributions from scholars like Keith Ward and Gregg Caruso.   [Read more…]

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