Early Christian Nicknames

The main reason there are so many nicknames in the New Testament is because there were no family names, and so it made it easier to refer to specific people when “Judah” or “Simeon” would have been vague. But that refers more to “Thomas” (a nickname meaning “twin”) than to his reputation as “doubting” (a [Read More…]

I Will Be Making a Guest Appearance on TV!

I have finally been given the green light to share some exciting news: I will be making a guest appearance on a particular BBC television series that many people know and love, centered on a famous fictional character! Have you guessed yet? Click through to read the details! [Read more…]

Good Friday and Deity-Placation

Today's Non Sequitur cartoon fits how some understand Good Friday perfectly: Among our oldest traceable concept of gods are the personalities we once assumed to be behind the forces of nature. How do we find a way to get rain when we need it, or divert illness away from ourselves? Placate the deity. And how [Read More…]

Unfortunate Convergence

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Colbert on The Bible

Like John Byron, I have yet to see any episode of the History Channel miniseries “The Bible.” But I found the time to watch Stephen Colbert’s treatment of it on The Colbert Report and you can appreciate the humor completely without having seen the miniseries. Here’s a sample available on YouTube. Click through to watch the [Read More…]

Redshirts for Marriage Equality

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Brad Stevens Butler Meme

I thought I’d contribute to the meme that seems to have taken off featuring Brad Stevens’ facial expression at one point during the game against Marquette. For the background, see my earlier post about a campus religious group inviting a representative of the young-earth creationist organization Answers in Genesis to speak at their meeting on [Read More…]

Mostly Dead

I just saw this on Facebook and had to share it. Every time I talk about the parable of the Good Samaritan, I always throw in a Princess Bride reference along these lines!   [Read more…]

A Song for a Snowy Palm Sunday

You can sing this to the tune of “I Believe in Father Christmas” by Greg Lake (there are also versions by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer and also by U2 that you may be familiar with):   I Believe in Snow at Easter   They said there’ll be snow at Easter And snow on Palm Sunday [Read More…]

Runaway Sheep

Here’s the latest cartoon from David Hayward: [Read more…]