Archives for April 2010

Quote of the Day (Matt Kelley)

“By inviting Glenn Beck, Liberty University is proving once again that they value their identity as Americans (at least, their definition of what a “real” American is) more than their identity as Christians. The fact that Beck shares their political orientation trumps the fact that they think he is going to hell because of his [Read More…]

Revelation Recommendations

I’ll be teaching a class on the Book of Revelation next semester, and need to make a decision about the textbook soon. I’d like to use a one-volume commentary that doesn’t require knowledge of Greek. I had a good experience with Andrew Lincoln’s commentary on the Gospel of John this semester, and so I’m thinking [Read More…]

Walking in MesoPTAHmia?

There’s a double-attempt at lame humor in the title of this post. But I do have a serious question. I’m gearing up to spend this summer working on the Mandaean Book of John, and I had a question come to mind as I was thinking about the figure of Ptahil. This name is clearly connected [Read More…]

Jonathan Robinson reviews The Only True God

Jonathan Robinson has a review of my book The Only True God on his blog ξἐνος. [Read more…]

Love, Levitical Style

There is plenty in Leviticus that Christians and even many Jews today not only do not observe, but do not even feel the slightest tinge of guilt about not observing. Yet Leviticus gets quoted all the time by such people as an argument against homosexuality. I suspect that a good place to start discussing material in Leviticus [Read More…]

Homosexuality and Hinduism in Sunday School Today

Today in my Sunday school class we began our discussion of homosexuality. It immediately took an interesting turn, with one person suggesting that “gay activists” are trying to expose children at a young age to the idea of homosexuality, so that they will treat it as normal. An individual involved in education replied by pointing [Read More…]

Vasks Videos

I have long enjoyed the music of contemporary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, and had the privilege of meeting him on a visit to Latvia. If you have never discovered his music, here are some samples I found on YouTube that will give you an introduction. And believe it or not, there is even more than [Read More…]

A Biblical Literalist Perspective on Homosexuality

Leviticus 18:22 (NIV) says “‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” Leviticus 20:13 says more or less the same thing. 1 Corinthians 6:9 often loses something in translation, but the term arsenokoitai, which nowadays is often translated with some reference to homosexuality, is literally a compound word made from [Read More…]

A Sign From God on Fringe

I am still a week behind on the TV series Fringe, but I found last week’s episode, which brings Fringe and Lost into contact yet again as time travel, signs from God, and the identies of “man of science” and “man of faith” were given a powerful treatment. If there is a religion-related question that [Read More…]

Unprepared to Give an Answer

1 Peter 3:15 says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I would like to believe that this is not what that author had in mind… HT A Feather Adrift [Read more…]