The Desmond Tutu Chair of Global Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation Studies

The president of Butler University, Jim Danko, made this announcement today: Dear Butler Community Members,   Butler University values its Indianapolis neighbors and opportunities to collaborate with them on innovative projects. This announcement concerns one such very fulfilling partnership.   During the 2012-2013 academic year, world-renowned South African theologian Allan Boesak held a joint visiting appointment at [Read More...]

The Grace in Being

The Sycamore School Middle School Symphonic Band recently premiered a composition by Julie Giroux, commissioned by the estate of Dr. Donald Johnson for them. I had the privilege of hearing it live at this performance, and am happy that it was recorded and I can now share it with you! [Read more...]

BSRI Press Release, Flyer, and Brochure

Some more information about the Butler Summer Religion Institute. There is a press release on the Butler web site, and there are also digital copies of a flyer and a brochure which can be circulated to those who are interested. [Read more...]

Peter Davison to be at Gen Con in Indianapolis

Another e-mail I received, this one from WhoNA: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter Davison at Who North America and GenCon (August 15-18, 2013) FROM THE OFFICIAL GENCON ANNOUNCEMENT: Gen Con Announces First 2013 Media Guest of Honor Fifth Doctor from Doctor Who Classic Series to Attend SEATTLE (April 16, 2013) – Gen Con LLC has announced that [Read More...]

I’m Dreaming of a White Easter

Today in my class on the Bible, we talked about the crucifixion. In my class on the Gospel of John, we are entering the passion narrative. And this is what the Butler University campus looks like today: It certainly creates a holiday mood…but not for the holiday I was expecting people to have their minds [Read More...]

A Song for a Snowy Palm Sunday

You can sing this to the tune of “I Believe in Father Christmas” by Greg Lake (there are also versions by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer and also by U2 that you may be familiar with):   I Believe in Snow at Easter   They said there’ll be snow at Easter And snow on Palm Sunday [Read More...]

Butler’s Performance

I only caught the nail-biting final half hour or so of the Butler vs. Marquette basketball game. That was because I was watching another Butler performance. At Clowes Memorial Hall, the Butler Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with a number of other individuals and groups, performed several pieces: Michael Henson’s “We Didn’t See Them As Human,” Sergei [Read More...]

WHONA

Today I visited WHONA – Who North America – for the first time. They have open houses once a month, but you can visit on other days with an appointment. WHONA is the major distributor of Doctor Who merchandise for North America, and it is based right here in Indianapolis. For sale they have just [Read More...]

Snowy Butler University Campus

A couple of photos I took on the Butler University campus today. [Read more...]

Pastors and Education

I spoke recently with a reporter from the local paper The Indianapolis Recorder about pastoral qualifications. The article that resulted has now appeared, and I am quoted quite a bit in it, saying things like this: Those who say the Bible is important to them, very often don’t actually read the things that scholars within their [Read More...]

Bethel AME Church

I had the privilege of participating in worship at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Indianapolis this evening. My pastor Tom Bartley was invited to preach, and brought our church music team (of which I am a part) with him. The church has a fascinating history – for instance, it was a stop on [Read More...]


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