The Gist of Jesus

It has been interesting teaching my course on the historical Jesus again. Even in the few years that have passed since the last time I taught it, the strong shift in the academy away from an older approach to the subject has been very noticeable. Much of this is due to the impact of the work [Read More...]

Don’t Be Like Jerry

Zack Hunt shared the above image on Facebook. I have not had any real interest in participating in the creation of these stick figure descriptions of oneself, but I have appreciated several of the parodies and attempts at humor around them. And this one, as a response to the endorsement by Jerry Falwell Jr. of [Read More...]

Straining Out Two Corinthians

It struck me, in discussing the flap about Donald Trump saying “Two Corinthians” rather than “Second Corinthians,” the reaction says a lot about conservative Evangelicalism. Conservative and fundamentalist Evangelicals will react more strongly to how you refer to the Bible, than to a betrayal of the Bible’s moral teachings. And hence my paraphrase of Jesus’ saying about straining [Read More...]

Two Corinthians

Donald Trump has been getting flack for saying “Two Corinthians” when referring to the work that is known as “Second Corinthians.” That is short for “Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians.” And to be honest, I would take someone who says “Two Corinthians” over an ignoramus who calls it the “Second Book of Corinthians” any [Read More...]

Not Afraid To Say What People Are Thinking

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Why Apostrophes and Capitalization Matter

This might be the best correction in the history of correcting stuff… UPDATE: The original article and the correction appeared in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper. I too would like to believe that love trumps hate, while I do not love Trump's hate.   [Read more...]

Darth Trump (Make the Galaxy Great Again)

Make of this what you will…but if you are so inclined, it might actually be interesting to talk about what would or would not change in Star Wars if Donald Trump, saying the things that he has been lately, were substituted for Darth Vader. Would it be more scary or less? [Read more...]

Refugee Christmas

The cartoon above came to my attention via Daily Kos. Brice Jones recently wrote a blog post about Stephen Carlson’s argument regarding the mistranslation “inn” in Luke’s infancy narrative. That in turn builds on the case that Kenneth Bailey has made regarding the cultural background of that story. On the one hand, the traditional versions [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...]

#TrumpBible

In case you missed it, the hashtag #TrumpBible has been trending on Twitter. Several questions about the Bible have been addressed to Donald Trump lately, and several answers he has given suggest that he is – how shall we put it – not very familiar with the contents of that famous collection of books. Trump [Read More...]

Donald Trump’s Big Reveal

If you are among those who have been waiting for the big reveal that Donald Trump promised he would offer about Barack Obama at noon today, he’s done it.  What he revealed is that he (i.e. Trump) still wants to see Obama’s birth certificate and other records. Seriously. That’s his “big news.” In my opinion, the news [Read More...]


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