The Syllabus and the Blank Sheet of Paper

I am wondering what would happen if, at the start of the semester, a professor told students it was time to hand out the syllabus, and proceeded to pass out blank sheets of paper. Students would then be asked what they expected/hoped to get out of the course, what topics they expect/hope will be covered, [Read More…]

Send Jim West Your Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses of Biblical Studies Posts Yearning To Breathe Free

Jim West has posted a reminder that he’ll be doing a Biblical Studies Carnival for July and wants (or at the very least will tolerate) recommendations. [Read more…]

James and Jesus

My Sunday school class started a new series a few weeks ago, on the Epistle of James. It has often been said that the letter focuses very little direct attention on Jesus. In terms of explicit mentions, there are surprisingly few. But the letter is permeated throughout with teachings and emphases that are recognizable from [Read More…]

Best Analogy Ever? The Bible is like a Software License

HT to Rev. Jeremy Smith for this great analogy: And of course, we learned recently of the danger of not reading what you are agreeing to. [Read more…]

Must Christianity Change Or Die?

HT to Chris Tilling for sharing this video of John Shelby Spong and Al Mohler. It is clear from his statements that all Mohler has is a fear of uncertainty and individual responsibility which drives him to view the Bible as providing certainty and authority. (The final statement from Lee Strobel does nothing to change [Read More…]

Book on Dumitru Staniloae Available Online and for Free Download

Thanks to Danut Manastireanu for pointing out that this volume about the Romanian Orthodox theologian Dumitru Staniloae is available for free on Scribd! Lucian Turcescu, editor, Dumitru Staniloae: Tradition and Modernity in Theology He and a couple of other friends of mine contributed to the volume. [Read more…]

Happy Bultmann’s and Tillich’s Birthday!

August 20th is the birthday of two of the 20th century’s most influential theologians: Rudolf Bultmann and Paul Tillich. Bultmann was even more so a New Testament scholar. Some of their works in German can be found on the Internet Archive, while several important works in English can be found at Religion Online – such [Read More…]

A New Kind Of Final

As I have been reflecting more and more on how technology is changing not only how we teach, but also what we need to teach students, and train students to be able to do, I have found myself considering phasing out exams of the traditional sort, in which I essentially test what they have been able to [Read More…]

Rick Wakeman Keyboard Solo With Transcription

Here’s a video clip of Rick Wakeman that starts with the most phenomenal segment of the keyboard solo: And here’s a transcription of the whole thing on Scribd: ABWH – Rick Wakeman Solo Live (Piano) Once again I am amazed at the resources available online for musicians! [Read more…]

Butterfly Tree

Today when I was mowing the lawn, I noticed once again that there seemed to be several butterflies, which appeared to be black, spending time in the shadow of our pear trees. This time, however, I took a closer look. The first thing that I discovered was that, far from being plain and black, these [Read More…]