Happy 175th Anniversary, Crooked Creek Baptist Church!

Yesterday my church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the United States, celebrated its 175th anniversary. There was a special program book about the church’s history, including drawings of the early log cabin building, and a bookmark insert with a list of the pastors that have served the congregation. The service incorporated guest [Read More…]

Chicken Little Credo?

Several posts around the blogosphere have converged on a single point, and I have wanted for some time to share some links and chime in myself. I think it first started for me with the convergence of two posts on the same day in my feed reader. The first was on the blog Brick by [Read More…]

Pamela Eisenbaum Lecture on Paul

Here’s a lecture by Pamela Eisenbaum entitled “The Paul I Know: A Jewish Evaluation”: HT Bruce Prescott [Read more…]

Early Jewish, Christian or Manichaean Manuscript to be Auctioned

A very ancient papyrus document, featuring a psalm in Coptic which has been variously proposed to be Christian, Jewish, or Manichaean, is due to by auctioned by Christie’s. Alin Suciu has more information on his blog, as well as a call for some institution to purchase it and ensure that it remains available for scholarly [Read More…]

Doctor Who and the Council of Nicaea

I have focused in my listening and reading on actual episodes of the Doctor Who television series, or novelizations thereof. But I think the time has come for me to branch off into other audiobooks. You see, I’ve just learned that there is a story about the Doctor visiting the Council of Nicaea! Apparently Arius [Read More…]

Honk If You Would Do This If Someone Took Your Bumper Sticker Seriously

Via hoping for redemption [Read more…]

The Wedding/Fight between the Bible and Questions

David Hayward posted the above cartoon today. When I first saw the priest bringing the hands of the Bible and the question mark together, I thought it was depicting a wedding. A closer look showed the boxing gloves and whistle. I love that the cartoon has overtones of both – and of course, being married [Read More…]

Please No Explanations Inside the Church

I’ve always enjoyed the ironic double entendre of the large notice at the top of this sign at the Church of All Nations next to the Garden of Gethsemane: Another version of it became something of a meme a while back, and I even blogged about it before having been to the church where it [Read More…]

Christianity and Same-Gender Relationships around the Blogosphere

Rachel Held Evans wrote a beautiful post on Huck Finn and the need to listen to our conscience rather than texts at times, even when those texts are considered sacred. Richard Beck concurred. Tony Jones and Bob Cornwall were among those who emphasized that it is not only allowable but important that our views evolve [Read More…]

Loquats, Olive Oil, and Tombs

What the three things mentioned in the title of this post have in common is my friend Eldad Keynan, who stopped by the hotel where I am staying in Haifa and spoke to my students as well as me. He brought me some fruit from his garden (sheseq, which a quick internet search informed me [Read More…]


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