In Today’s Indianapolis Star

I turned a recent blog post of mine into an op-ed piece for the Indianapolis Star. It appeared in today’s paper, and you can read it on their web site by clicking on this sentence. They did something weird to my job title…but otherwise it reflects what was submitted to them. [Read more…]

Clone Troopers Nativity

On Facebook, I had my attention drawn to this picture of what an 11-year-old did with a Nativity set and some LEGOs. Let's just hope Herod doesn't know about Order 66.   [Read more…]

Keep Christ in the Mayan Apocalypse

Too many undiscerning Christians (apparently including the majority of those who live in Russia) have been duped and thus fail to realize that the Mayan prediction of the end of the world on December 21st 2012 is simply another salvo in the war on Christmas. You don’t think the ancient Mayans set the date for the [Read More…]

Welcome to Advent!

This marks the start of the season when a small remnant of liturgically-minded Christians (including some of us American Baptists!) mark the countdown to Christmas – and a comparable number of Doctor Who fans count down the days to the Christmas special. Either way, the symbolism relates to the arrival of something or someone long [Read More…]

CC Recommends Science Fiction

The Christian Century has released its issue with recommendations for Christmas gifts. This year they had a science fiction category, and Gabriel McKee and I wrote the recommendations. Click through to read them! Fuller reviews of Shada and Existence can be found in separate posts on my blog. [Read more…]

Bethlehemian Rhapsody

Another modern classic in the making.   [Read more…]

More Likely a Conservative Scholar’s Kid?

Via Stephen Carlson on Facebook   [Read more…]

Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the Religion Aisle

The above photo came to me via Craig Hurle on Facebook. I am pretty sure that it is probably just a matter of religion books being in the next aisle over. But given my overlapping and intersecting interests, the photo still seemed worth sharing. And perhaps it is worth discussion in a more serious way [Read More…]

How The Grinch Stole Christians

And I thought that trying to shop only at stores that say “Merry Christmas” was bad… HT Roger Wolsey   [Read more…]

#ProgGOD 2: The Incarnation

I was putting off responding to Tony Jones’ recent provocation to progressive Christians to answer the question “Why an Incarnation?”, but this cartoon a friend shared on Facebook made me decide to get to it sooner: As someone who is not only a progressive Christian, but also a New Testament scholar, the conversation for me [Read More…]