Easter in Memory of Her

I had seen April DeConick mention on her blog the Easter musical performance, “Easter in Memory of Her,” for which she composed the script. I hoped that it might turn out to have been recorded and thus be made available to those who were unable to be present for its debut. Today April announced the [Read More…]

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Martyrdom vs. Martyr Complexes

Fred Clark has a post about an Evangelical blog entry by Karen Swallow Prior that made a connection between the martyrdom of Stephen and the fact that Hobby Lobby is going to have to provide comprehensive insurance for employees, including coverage for things that the employer personally does not want to. Employers have always had [Read More…]

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Review of Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

I’m grateful to Rachel Held Evans for having sent me an advance review copy of her book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. I confess I am a bit embarrassed that I’m only blogging about it after the [Read More…]

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Three Wise Women

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144,000 Priests?

As I mentioned previously, in my Sunday school class we have been in chapter 14 of the Book of Revelation for the past two weeks. One of the members of my class, who in fact teaches Sunday school herself, made the interesting suggestion that the celibacy of the 144,000 (Revelation 14:4) might have to do with their [Read More…]

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Jabba’s Binders Full of Women

A meme centered on Mitt Romney’s use of the phrase “binders full of women” has gone viral. I found myself feeling that it needs more sci-fi takes, and so here’s my Star Wars contribution featuring Jabba the Hutt with his binders (in a different sense) full of women. I am sure you can do better [Read More…]

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Support for Christopher Rollston: Update

Since I last blogged about the topic of Christopher Rollston’s situation at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, a lot has appeared not only on blogs, but in Inside Higher Ed, which carried a story about what has been going on. That article suggested that the Emmanuel Christian Seminary administration was choosing to pander to a potential donor (and pursue a large [Read More…]

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Hagar as Woman, Slave and Wife

It is useful to discuss what is going on with Christopher Rollston at Emmanuel Christian Seminary from the perspective of academic freedom. But it is also important to pay attention to the matter that sparked it all: Biblical studies, and what Chris referred to as the “marginalization of women” in the Bible. That terminology doesn’t [Read More…]

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In Support of Christopher Rollston

Thom Stark and others have blogged about the unfolding events related to Christopher Rollston, a widely-appreciated and well-known Biblical scholar and epigrapher, who is facing disciplinary action and perhaps even termination at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, because of an article he wrote for the Huffington Post about the marginalization of women in the Bible. I have said before [Read More…]

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Conservatives, Liberals, and the 50 Shades of Grey Between Them

A substantial part of the Christian blogosphere has been distracted from further discussion of Ross Douthat’s piece on Liberal Christianity, by a conservative Christian blog post about the novel Fifty Shades of Grey. I have not read the novel, but from reading the blog post in question, the reactions to it, and the follow-up from [Read More…]

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“Honesty Above Propriety”: Biblical Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words

Via Rachel Held Evans, I learned of Jim LePage’s “Word Bible Designs” which attempt to encapsulate what is central to a book in the Bible in a single image. Many of them are provocative, in ways that range from the gory to the racy to the simply creative and striking. Here are a few samples: [Read More…]

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