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...]

Michael Dowd in Indianapolis

A colleague sent me the following information about an upcoming event, a talk by Michael Dowd at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis: FREE Program: “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness: Coming Home to Reality“, (alt title: “Evidential Inspiration and Realistic Hope”) with Rev. Michael Dowd: Monday, Sept 8, 7:00pm – 8:45pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, 615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 [Read More...]

Grace(land) Unlimited

I love the fact that Josh Turner, a Butler University student who offers his musical abilities to the campus ministry Grace Unlimited, has now had his cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” go viral, landing him on Good Morning America. Here’s the video: Since the song is not just literal but metaphorical, and my church settled [Read More...]

Indianapolis Violinists vs. US Airways

Via WQXR, I learned that Zach de Pue and Nick Kendall of Time for Three were forced to leave a flight they were booked on because they correctly insisted that they had the right to take their violins with them onto the plane. Watch the video above, which has more than 80,000 views already, to [Read More...]

Conference on the Bible in American Life

Bryan Bibb drew attention to a conference that will be taking place here in Indianapolis this summer, which he will be presenting at. It is hosted by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at IUPUI. The conference schedule is online. The plenary address by Mark Noll, “The Bible: Then and Now,” [Read More...]

Holy Week at Crooked Creek Baptist Church

First, the funny part. In an earlier version of the announcement on my church website about Holy Week events, it said of the lunchtime Good Friday service: The theme for the service will focus on the stations of the cross and will feature medications from several local pastors. If you are not sure why that [Read More...]

Sylvester McCoy Coming to Indianapolis

I received this in an e-mail from WhoNA: We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Indy PopCon (www.indypopcon.com) to bring Sylvester McCoy as our guest for the convention.  Sylvester is better known for his role as the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who and Radagast the Brown from the Hobbit movies. He will be attending [Read More...]

The Scientific Study of Religion: Building Bridges in Indianapolis

I was struck to see this call for papers for an academic conference on religion here in Indianapolis: 2014 Annual Meeting Call for Papers Society for the Scientific Study of Religion October 31-November 2, 2014 JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana Building Bridges SSSR’s current web site notes: The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion was [Read More...]

Lily and Madeleine

Above is the song “Back to the River” by local musicians Lily and Madeleine. Below are a few other songs of theirs, “Come to Me,” “And Tonight,” “Tired,” and “You Got Out.” They performed with Time for Three, Tony Styxx, and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the recent Happy Hour concert, and having [Read More...]

Eine Kleine MYO Music

Here are two videos of Metropolitan Youth Orchestra A performing at yesterday’s Invest in MYO concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater. [Read more...]

Spare Change Shift Change

Today was the second time I’ve seen it with my own eyes. The first time was years ago in Edinburgh. Today it was in Indianapolis. I was passing a spot (in this case, the ramp of the 29th and 30th Street exist from I-65) where one almost always sees someone begging. I saw as one [Read More...]


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