Blogging Temples (and Jim Davila the Prophet)

Jim Davila has been highlighting how the New York Times has been backtracking on and correcting an article which engaged in the common denialist tactic of treating diverse scholarly views about specific details as though it were evidence that the existence of the very thing under investigation were in doubt – in this case, in [Read More...]

Amos Updated

Samantha Field shared some wonderful updatings of the message of Amos. One sample follows below. Click through to read more. Amos 9 : 11-15 When I end all of this, I will restore the communities destroyed by urban programs and gentrification I will repair the decayed walls of those who live in assisted housing. I [Read More...]


A cute cartoon from People in White Coats. Is this blasphemy, or a miracle – or can it be both? While I probably would have shared it just for the punny title (mashing together pareidolia and idolatry), there is a serious point worth reflecting on – and not just about our human penchant to see patterns [Read More...]

Wahabi Time-Traveler

This cartoon from Evolving Perspectives finds a very clever way of using science fiction to satirize those Muslim extremists who are murderously opposed to artistic depictions of Muhammad. [Read more...]

Predicting the Future

I love this cartoon from the New Yorker. This is precisely the problem with predictive prophecy. If it were to be specific about the distant future, it would be incomprehensible. But because it consistently lacks such information, it is unimpressively vague. There is no way things could be otherwise, is there – regardless of whether [Read More...]

Sherlock and Sheldon among the Prophets

I’ve been getting caught up on shows that I ought to have been watching for a while. Both Sherlock and The Big Bang Theory feature main characters who exhibit behaviors and abilities which suggest placement on the autism spectrum – incredible genius in some respects, but also difficulties in social interactions and knowledge that most [Read More...]

Queen Jesus

One key question: How did I not know about this song by Queen until now – or did I know about it and somehow forget? Another key question: Can we do this song in church sometime? (The issue, as far as that is concerned, is less “Will this meet with approval?” and more “Do we [Read More...]

Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am?

No, this blog post is not asking about my opponents. It is to mention that a book to which I contributed, Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am?: An Investigation of the Accusations Against the Historical Jesus (Library of New Testament Studies), is now available as an ebook. At present it is only available in [Read More...]

Authorship of Isaiah

My course on the Bible focuses a lot of attention on the identification and use of reliable sources. When students try to tackle an assignment on the authorship of the Book of Isaiah, they consistently find LaMar Adams’ online article, produced at Brigham Young University, which uses computer-generated statistics for the occurrence of certain prefixes [Read More...]

Progressive and Liberal Christianity

Several posts have come to my attention in recent days, related to the subject of liberal/progressive Christianity. Roger Olson has a post on why he doesn’t self-identify as a “liberal Christian.” He offers interesting discussion of the terminology and his own understanding, which is worth clicking through to read. Towards the end he sums up [Read More...]

Now That’s What I Call Worship!

Thanks to blog reader Admiral Mattbar for drawing this song by Jon Foreman, “Instead of a Show,” to my attention! [Read more...]