How Is Harry Potter Different Than the Bible?

In fact, they read it all the way through, paying close attention to detail, on more than one occasion. It seems to me as though many Christians who claim to take the Bible seriously actually merely pay lip service to it. Perhaps someone should write a spoof book about how to fake knowledge of and [Read More…]

The Canon Card Game Exists!

About a year ago I mentioned my interest in creating a game that would illustrate the dynamics of canon formation in simplified form, in a way that was fun but also infirmative and educational. Some of you may have been wondering whether anything was going to come of this. If so, I have great news: [Read More…]

Updated Ten Commandments

From College Humor via Hemant Mehta. New commandment #9 is especially important, but so are many others. I don’t know about you, but I think there is something serious that emerges from this humorous video. What we prohibit and command as a society reflects our values. And yet even when there are shared values, we [Read More…]

Choose Your Own Adventure Bible

The Babylon Bee is sort of the Christian equivalent of The Onion, with spoof news and similar offerings. Today, they announced that Zondervan had published a Choose Your Own Adventure Bible: While the folks at Babylon Bee were using this idea to poke fun at the ways in which people read not only their own views, [Read More…]

Psalm Songs

As I prepare to teach a course on the Bible and music in the Spring for the first time, I am on the lookout for new and/or interesting music at the intersection of the two. And so I am grateful to Abram Kielsmeier-Jones for sharing these bluegrass settings of the Psalms by The Corner Room: [Read More…]

Idolatry and the Image of God

Here is the video from the service that I led at Crooked Creek Baptist Church yesterday, focused on the theme of idolatry and the image of God, and exploring that theme in scripture, song, and reflections. The service started off with the video that I shared yesterday (not included in the recording above), followed by [Read More…]

Video about NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Usually things I have to say flow from the blog to Facebook rather than vice versa. But occasionally the flow reverses, and this is one such occasion. Since I finally received my print copy of the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, which I blogged about recently, I thought I would show it to friends and [Read More…]

Once Upon a Time in the Beginning

Hemant Mehta shared the image above. What strikes me most is that the change seems striking to him, just as it would seem controversial to many religious fundamentalists. And so the most interesting question, for me, is whom you think that a change like this would be most helpful for – the people who claim to [Read More…]

Zondervan eBook Gospel Commentaries Sale

For those who want to add some Evangelical New Testament commentaries to their ebook collection, Zondervan currently has a sale which begins today and runs until the end of the week: 80% off the usual price of select commentaries. Take a look and see if any of them interest you. Below are some of the ones [Read More…]

The Parable of Two Sons

My church building hosts not only the American congregation Crooked Creek Baptist Church (which is itself quite diverse in interesting ways), but also two other congregations, one Hispanic and one Congolese. There have been challenges related to the differing cultural assumptions of the various groups, and that has at times led to tensions. And so I thought it [Read More…]


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