LOST Rewatch: Not in Portland

In a flashback, we see Juliette trying to help her sister, Rachel. They live in Miami, but initially we think they are on the island, since she passes Ethan Frome in a hallway. Juliette has been stealing some kind of experimental drug. Her ex-husband, Edmund Burke, runs the research hospital where Juliette also works. He [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: I Do

Jack tells Ben how severe his tumor is, but indicates that he doesn’t plan to operate, since he doesn’t see any reason to trust them to let him go afterwards. Juliette brings Kate to see Jack. Kate asks Jack to do the operation, saying that otherwise they will kill Sawyer. Jack is unconvinced that the [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Cost of Living

The episide begins with a flashback of Eko’s childhood. He breaks into a locked storeroom. Eko is told by a nun that he is a sinner, but Eko protests that Yemi was hungry. Then, on the island, Eko sees Yemi, who tells him that it is time to confess, to be judged. In flashbacks, we [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Numbers

This is the episode that introduced the famous numbers. Hurley sees the numbers on a paper that Sayid took from Danielle Rousseau. In a flashback, we learn that he won the lottery with those numbers. Hurley talks about the possibikity that the money is cursed, and his mom hits him saying, “That’s blasphemy – we’re [Read More...]

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...]

Jacob as God?

The scripture reading in church on Sunday was from Psalm 24. Since the invention of the iPad made it so much more convenient to do so, I've been trying to read along in the original languages whenever possible. I was really struck when I saw that in the midst of a psalm with many mentions [Read More...]

God’s Ironic Hatred in Romans 9?

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we reached Romans 9. I was struck recently for the first time by the possibility that Paul’s use of texts in this section might be profoundly and perhaps intentionally ironic. The idea that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and that God hated Esau, have something in common – [Read More...]

God Loves a Trickster

I have not yet had the opportunity to read fellow biblioblogger John Anderson’s new book (for which I offer him congratulations on its publication!), Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and Yhwh’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle, published by Eisenbrauns. But I thought I should mention it anyway, [Read More...]

Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: WWJD?

What would Jacob do? He’d probably sit reading Religion and Science Fiction, engrossed and intrigued, while nonchalantly waiting for John Locke to fall out a window. The book may not explain the polar bears if you haven’t already figured out why they were on the island (and to be honest, you should have – and [Read More...]

LOST “Deleted Scenes” Reveals Man in Black’s Name and More!

In a hilarious “deleted scenes” clip from Comic Con, we learn that Jacob and the Man in Black knew where the show was going all along. [chuckle] HT Nik at Nite and IO9. And in addition to the following trailer from the next Doctor Who episode, “Let’s Kill Hitler,” which looks awesome… …the BBC web [Read More...]

LOST Across The Sea

Tonight’s episode ties together some threads and questions, but it is summed up well (as is the series as a whole) in the phrase spoken by one of two characters whose names we never learn in this episode “Across the Sea”: Any answer I give you will only lead to another question. SPOILERS lie ahead. [Read More...]


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