Jason and the Jedi

Some have tried to separate the serious from the frivolous on their blogs, but I have always sought to keep the two together here. I am happy when I see that others do likewise. I was revisiting the history of the very early blogging about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, in preparing a conference paper on the [Read More...]

Star Wars Jesus Dress Up

A friend of mine spotted this in a bookstore in Perth, Australia, and shared a photo. So it is a real thing. But why is it a thing? Is this designed for people who will buy it simply because it is so bizarre – or because they, like me, are very interested in both Jesus and [Read More...]

Wish I Had Said That

Another great cartoon from Spike Davis. I wonder how many more things that Jesus never said, but some people think he did, you can list. And I wonder whether imagining Jesus saying he wished he’d come up with a particular phrase is a helpful reminder that he was a human being – a gifted teller of [Read More...]

Let It Flow

I somehow missed this Star Wars parody version of “Let It Go” until today. Hope you enjoy it! There’s also a Star Wars parody version of Miley Cyrus’ song “Wrecking Ball” called…“Wrecking Maul”! See too the debate about whether Star Wars or Star Trek is nerdier, shared by SF Signal: [Read more...]

RIP Christopher Lee

This seemed the appropriate clip to offer as a tribute to actor Christopher Lee, who died this past Sunday at the age of 93. And despite the misspelling of “Mandarin,” this image below also seemed appropriate to share on this occasion. [Read more...]

And Also With You

A few religious Star Wars memes for Star Wars Day. May the Fourth Be With You! [Read more...]

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You!

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Star Wars and Religion

There have been a couple of interesting articles online lately about religion and Star Wars. First, the Washington Post explained how Star Wars answers our deepest religious questions. Then IO9 took it further, offering a response article about religion and morality in Star Wars. In the former, Joel Hodge views the story in what at times seems to me [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Last Recruit

This episode starts with the first meeting of Jack with the smoke monster in Locke’s form. Jack asks him who else he has looked like. He asks him if he was the one he saw when he saw his father on his third day on the island. Smokey says that he was looking out for [Read More...]

The Holy Trilogy

I’ll be giving a paper at SBL in November comparing sci-fi canons (with particular focus on Star Wars, given the new direction the franchise is taking) and Biblical canons. And so I was struck when a couple of items came to my attention today, all connected by the use of the phrase “The Holy Trilogy,” an [Read More...]

Learn Musical Intervals With John Williams

Singers and other musicians often remember musical intervals by reference to famous examples of them – for instance, many of us, if we need to sing a perfect 4th, think “Here Comes the Bride.” It struck me recently to look into whether one can do this limiting oneself to John Williams’ film scores: Half step (ascending): Jaws [Read More...]