A Reader Sends Me a New iPod Touch 32 GB! Plus: Shape-Shifting Christianity.

I sincerely wish to thank the reader of mine who brought and shipped to me a new iPod Touch 32GB. She knows I’m often Blogger on the Go; she wanted to help me work; voila: new iPod 32GB for John. [Read more…]

Those Ignorant, Laughable Fundamentalists. Right?

I just got in a comment to yesterday’s  A Christian Reader Asks: “They’re Doing Yoga At My Job. Should I Join In?” I thought so interesting I wanted to bust it out here in its own post. Its writer linked to a blog called “Pearl of the Prairie,” which I assume is his/blog. Anyway, here’s what [Read More…]

What is the Latin Vulgate?

(To understand the “Okay, Fine:” part of this post’s title, read yesterday’s “What Am I Going To Do With You People?“) By the early fourth century A.D. there was circulating throughout the young Christian church in Europe and North Africa countless versions of the Bible translated into Latin, by then widely spoken throughout the Roman [Read More…]

Should Christians Care About the Old Testament?

A young Christian guy wrote to ask, “Do I really have to care all that much about the Old Testament?” My answer: If you want to care about something Jesus himself was deeply passionate about, then, yes, you need to care about the Old Testament. [Read more…]

My Answer to Christians Denouncing R. Crumb’s “Genesis Illustrated”

Yesterday I wrote that I fail to understand how any Christian could not welcome R. Crumb’s Monumental “History of Genesis Illustrated.” Naturally enough, a Christian or three wrote to tell me how. So I thought I’d present the Christian arguments against the book of which I’ve been made aware—and then (in order to save time [Read More…]

R. Crumb’s Monumental “The Book of Genesis Illustrated”

I fail to see how any Christian could not welcome R. Crumb’s monumental “Book of Genesis Illustrated.” [Read more…]

John 1:18: Bring on the Stupid

John 1:18 says: No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. I think the meaning of this sentence is clear: God is a Siamese twin. And half of him is shy. Well, there go plans for never dying. I’m officially lucky [Read More…]

Ten Ways Christians Tend to Fail at Being Christian

The essay is found in: Kindle Nook   [Read more…]

John 1:17: Where “Truth” Depends on Your Translation (!)

Today we’re considering John 1: 17, which reads (in the NIV translation): “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Seems simple enough, right? Law comes from men; grace and truth come through Jesus Christ. Except, wait. Stop. Back up. I understand the part about grace having come through [Read More…]

John 1:16: It’s All Groovy Like a Movie

John 1:16 reads: “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” I appreciate the phrase “one blessing after another” as a catalyst for challenging our usual perception of time and space. It’s so easy to read those (now) common words, and think of God’s blessings in our lives as [Read More…]