Who Got Invited?

David Hayward has created and shared a cartoon that illustrates a central message in both nativity stories in the New Testament. Those who were “invited” to the birth or infancy of Jesus were the marginalized, the excluded. Somehow the powerful and dominant have managed to co-opt these stories and treat them as their own, seemingly [Read More…]

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Jesus’ Family and Modern Bethlehem

The blog +972 shared the news earlier today that the Israeli embassy in Ireland had posted a derogatory status update about Palestinians, in connection with Jesus and Mary, on their Facebook page: A thought for Christmas…If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in [Read More…]

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Jesus was NOT born in a Manger

Let me start by saying that Jesus was not born in a manager. I had that spelling error on an exam this semester. For that to have happened might have looked something like this: Assuming, of course, that the father in the picture was some sort of manager. But even if you get the spelling right, [Read More…]

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It’s Not Just the Kids

Episcopal Church Memes shared this cartoon on Facebook. It is from Rev. Jay Sidebotham's St. Swithin's cartoon series. We can all chuckle at the way new technological and other assumptions change the perception of the Christmas story. But the proposal of the vicar in the cartoon – to go back to the King James Version [Read More…]

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Is Your Jesus a Spoiled Brat?

David Hayward is on a roll this week. Here’s his latest cartoon: David adds the comment: You’d think he would have outgrown this narcissistic attitude by the time he became an adult. But… according to many… apparently not. This is really insightful. The God and the Jesus that many conservative Christians envisage is one who [Read More…]

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Jesus Visits Westboro Baptist Church

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The Last Thing We Need

Another provocative cartoon from David Hayward. What do you think of it? Would you agree that another religion – even if it happens to be your own – is the last thing humanity needs? [Read more…]

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Clone Troopers Nativity

On Facebook, I had my attention drawn to this picture of what an 11-year-old did with a Nativity set and some LEGOs. Let's just hope Herod doesn't know about Order 66.   [Read more…]

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#ProgGOD 2: The Incarnation

I was putting off responding to Tony Jones’ recent provocation to progressive Christians to answer the question “Why an Incarnation?”, but this cartoon a friend shared on Facebook made me decide to get to it sooner: As someone who is not only a progressive Christian, but also a New Testament scholar, the conversation for me [Read More…]

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Jesus’ Wife Spotted With Anthony Le Donne in California

Anthony Le Donne asked me to share this announcement about an upcoming speaking event of his: The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: A Discussion of a Recent Biblical Controversy Nov 12, 2012 Dan Brown's 2008 novel “The Da Vinci Code” had a controversial premise – that Christian savior Jesus married and had children. The fictional book [Read More…]

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The Resurrection in Eastern Iconography

John Dominic Crossan’s presidential address at SBL was incredibly interesting, and made fantastic use of technology to explore key elements in Eastern iconography depicting the resurrection – and that is what it is consistently referred to in ancient times, “the resurrection” (ἡ ἀνάστασις) and not “the resurrection of Christ.” The event is consistently corporate rather [Read More…]

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