Randomness vs. the Lord’s Will

I have heard countless poorly-informed Christians say that they reject evolution because it posits things happening through “randomness.” The objection is bogus. Randomness is less a feature of biological evolution than it is of casting lots and other things which, in the Bible, are said to be indicative of the divine will. If evolution is [Read More…]

Ignorance is Strength

I was struck today, rereading George Orwell’s 1984, at how easily one can substitute Christian terminology into a particular passage, which is from the book within the book, Emmanuel Goldstein’s The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism. Let me show you what I mean: Christian society rests ultimately on the belief that God is omnipotent and that [Read More…]

Ancient Christian Villages of Galilee

There is an interesting book by Bellarmino Bagatti, Ancient Christian Villages of Galilee (a translation from the Italian original), which I had the chance to consult recently. Much of it focuses on Christian presence in later times, but in a few instances it is able to trace evidence back to a very early period. Bagatti [Read More…]

A Worse Resurrection

My Sunday school class yesterday started with me suggesting that we could either carry on in Hebrews or do something more Eastery. Someone in the class asked, “Hebrews isn’t Eastery?” And that’s how it all started. We took a close look and saw that, on the one hand, the author mentions resurrection a couple of [Read More…]

Biblical Studies Carnival

At the blog Reading Acts you can find the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Despite the date, there is a lot there that can be taken extremely seriously! Thank you to Phillip Long for putting the carnival together! [Read more…]

Hosanna (Cheesy Christian Version)

I’ve mentioned before that I think it would be fun to make a Christian version of the Toto song “Rosanna.” But I’ve allowed another Easter season to go by without making one. Maybe the reason is that it is so easy to do a really cheesy and theologically objectionable version by making as few changes [Read More…]

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…]

Think Outside the Book

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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…]

More Scenes from an Easter Service

Two more videos from the Easter service at Crooked Creek Baptist Church: [Read more…]