Metropolitan Youth Orchestra 20th Anniversary Classical Concert

Here are the videos of MYO’s Orchestra A’s performances at their recent Classical Concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater. They performed a movement from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: The Bach Concerto for Two Violins (with double the soloists): And Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo: If you’d like to learn more about the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, here’s [Read More...]

Talk Gnosis Interview about the Mandaeans

The video above is the first part of an interview I did for the online podcast series Talk Gnosis. In a couple of days, they will release the second part which is for subscribers only. Click through for more details about how to become a subscriber, and let me know what you think of the [Read More...]

How to Win at Chess

A key step is to create division between your opponent’s bishops over same-sex marriage. Watch the video above for other creative moves… [Read more...]

Prologue to Series 9 of Doctor Who

IO9 drew attention to the release of a video featuring the Doctor returning to Karn and having an intriguing conversation there. Watch the above to whet your appetite for the new season, which premiers in just over a week! Once you’ve watched it, feel free to come back here and discuss who the “he” is that wants [Read More...]

Et YouTube, Brutus?

Via He Has A Wife You Know. Reminiscent somehow of the sacred selfies I shared recently. [Read more...]

When Churches Make People Need Therapy (or Why Anti-Gay Christianity is an Abomination)

I confess that I was not aware of Shane Dawson before I saw this video which has been circulating over the past couple of days. [NOTE: video contains swearing] I want to express my appreciation for the honest sincerity with which Dawson talks about his sexual identity. And I want to draw attention to the role that [Read More...]

Movie Trailer for the Papal Encyclical

I may be mistaken, but I believe that this may be the first time in history that, even in jest, someone has made a movie trailer for an encyclical that the pope is expected to issue. The subject is climate change, and it there are high expectations for it. Does a trailer like this actually help raise expectations for [Read More...]

Happy International Jazz Day!

I had forgotten that it is International Jazz Day today. To mark the occasion, I give you pianist Hiromi Uehara in concert. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Trailer

There has been a homemade unofficial trailer circulating for a while, but this is the official one, and while it gives few clues as to the story, it is just enough of a teaser to get/keep fans excited. [Read more...]

John J. Collins Lectures

Thank you to Nijay Gupta for drawing attention to these two videos of lectures by John J. Collins. The topics of the lectures are “Torah and Jewish Identity in Second Temple Judaism” and “Non-Mosaic Forms of Judaism in Second Temple Judaism.” [Read more...]

Introduction to Paul

I recorded the class I taught yesterday, introducing Paul the apostle and the interpretation of his letters. I thought I would share it here, in case it is of interest. [Read more...]


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