Archives for November 2012

Finally! Disqus Unsubscribe Button Available

As Sabio Lantz and others have long requested, and I’ve longed to have available, Disqus has finally integrated a separate button into the comment template used on my blog, allowing one to easily subscribe to and unsubscribe from a particular post’s comments. Look for the option at the bottom (and lest anyone be confused or [Read More…]

On Her Majesty’s Carol Service

This is a video I made featuring a musical mash-up I created. Let me know what you think of it! SPOILERS: As you’ll have gathered if you watched it, I noticed that there is overlap between the harmonic progression in part of “Carol of the Bells” and part of the “James Bond Theme.” And so [Read More…]

Inclusive Language and Students as Customers

I had my attention drawn to a rather strange article by a Butler student. The article begins by referring to a professor requiring the use of inclusive language – that is, not saying “he” when you mean “he or she” and not using “mankind” when you mean “humankind,” and so on. But the student then [Read More…]

A Turning Point for Evangelicalism? Pat Robertson Speaks Out Against Young-Earth Creationism

Look how Pat Robertson responds to a question submitted to him by a concerned parent related to the Bible and dinosaurs. HT Hemant Mehta [Read more…]

Then Would His Other Famous Work Have Been Troy Story 2?

Via David Meadows   [Read more…]

The Star Wars Christmas Special You Always Wanted

HT Scott Bailey [Read more…]

Religion and Spirituality in Science Fiction Narratives

An interview between James F. McGrath and John W. Morehead has been quoted in a chapter focused on religion and science fiction. [Read more…]

Utilizing Thesauri to Attain a Façade of Erudition

As the end of a semester draws near, and having been reading student papers, let me offer a word of advice to any students who happen to be reading this. Thesauruses give words which overlap in meaning, and that is useful. But two words are not always interchangeable even if they are essentially synonymous. And [Read More…]

The Jesus SeM&Minar as Teaching Tool

I’ve mentioned here before the class activity  I use when teaching my course on the historical Jesus. I get students to bring M&Ms, and we re-enact the voting on sayings of Jesus undertaken by the Jesus Seminar. And we call ourselves the Jesus SeM&Minar. Keith Reich recently tried the activity in his class. Click through [Read More…]

Almost Silent Night

This is another video of me playing Christmas music – it is my own jazz arrangement of “Silent Night.” It is as rusty as “Christmas Time Is Here” is, not having been worked on since last year. So this is another “before” video – hopefully the “after” video will not only be more polished, but [Read More…]