Lecture on the Infancy Stories in Matthew and Luke

I apologize that the very start of the recording was cut off. Not much was lost, but it makes the beginning a bit abrupt. But with the title provided, hopefully those few introductory words are not really necessary. [Read more...]

The Golden Rule with Error Adjustment

Via Facebook [Read more...]

The Not-So-Social Gospel in Pictures

James Martin recently shared some parables which illustrate what Jesus might have said if his views were more like those of some of his modern-day followers (I mentioned them last week). The Facebook group Christians Against the Tea Party turned some quotes from them into pictures, and I thought I should share them here, for your [Read More...]

Maybe it should be the other way around…

My friend John Weightman wrote this in a comment on Facebook: In the UK I have noticed that there appears to be a tendency for some people to want to 'roll back the state' when it involves being generous to the disadvantaged or the sick, but to want a bigger state when it comes to [Read More...]

Restoring Jesus

I’ve felt like there was some analogy or parable to be made from the recent case of a parishioner trying to do an amateur restoration of a famous painting, with this result: Perhaps the best or at least the most relevant analogy for the sorts of subjects that I deal with is this: The figure [Read More...]

“Jesus Taught Generosity and Charity, Not Government Assistance”

I've heard this claim a lot lately, and it seems to me bizarre, particularly when it focuses on an example like the Good Samaritan. A friend actually told me recently that the Good Samaritan didn't rely on the government to take care of the man, appealing to that as if it were an argument against [Read More...]

Jesus’ Advice for Internet Users

         I created a couple of images to help me make my point about fact-checking information found on the internet - making the point both by what is said, and by the fact that Jesus didn’t say these things, as one will know if one fact-checks the quotes! Feel free to share and [Read More...]

Same Old Question

I found the image at Political Graffiti. It seems to me that there is a more serious parallel that one can draw between Christian discipleship and education in general. Traditionally, Christianity has been characterized by the vast majority of its devotees thinking in this term, so that even its teachers have ended up “teaching to the [Read More...]

Don’t Follow the Way of Sinners, O Young-Earth Creationists!

In a conversation with a young-earth creationist here on this blog, I was struck by the irony of the fact that he offered, as one reason for rejecting evolution, the teaching of Scripture that we should not follow the ways or teachings of sinful human beings. How right he is, and how wrong at the [Read More...]

John Byron on the Centurion’s Slave and Homosexuality in the New Testament

John Byron has offered a great response on his blog to my post about the New Testament’s relative lack of interest in the topic of homosexuality. He agrees with me on the point that at times it is appropriate to view a matter differently than New Testament authors did. And he makes the point that [Read More...]

WWJCOB? (What Would Jesus Comment on Blogs?)

There are many people in our time who claim to follow Jesus and to be seeking to emulate him. But it is clear that not everyone who has adopted such an approach to life has given thought to its implications for comments left on blogs. I wonder whether this is a lack of attention on [Read More...]