Running

Here's another song I wrote, this one inspired by a segment in the Doctor Who episode “The Power of Three.” But you don't need to be a Doctor Who fan to appreciate the song, I hope! Thoughts and feedback are appreciated, as always!   [Read more…]

Ultimate Concern

This is a recording of a song I wrote, giving musical expression to the view of faith advocated by theologian Paul Tillich. Let me know what you think! [Read more…]

Jesus Left Behind

A certain stream of Christianity focuses a lot of attention on people being left behind by Jesus, in a concocted event that actually bears no resemblance to anything one finds in the New Testament. And so David Hayward’s cartoon “The Real Left Behind” shows the more pressing issue: that Christians and Christianity are prone to [Read More…]

Academia Automatica

Apparently Academia.edu has evolved to the point where it no longer waits for us to add our scholarly content. Like Google Scholar, it is now able to track down our publications and add them to our profiles. And since there were several items that I had yet to add or update, I think this is [Read More…]

Creation, Evolution, and Embryology

I was delighted to see David Bailey quote a recent article by Joshua Moritz, in which he points out that the Bible uses the same verb to refer to God creating or making the lightning, or a baby in the womb, as for making sea creatures, and beasts of the field, and human beings, in a [Read More…]

Dgandhi Unpassiveresistanced

Jeff Carter noted on his blog that the claim (in wake of their recent spoof Djesus Uncrossed) that Saturday Night Live picks only on Christians and Jesus is simply untrue. As evidence, he shared the above clip from their spoof trailer from a number of years ago, Gandhi II. “No more Mr. Passive Resistance.” Actually, [Read More…]

God is not a Jerk

That’s the conclusion Fred Clark draws in a recent post. Here’s the conclusion: God is not a jerk. God does not want you to be a jerk. So if you ever feel like God’s will, or God’s commands, or God’s rules are compelling you to act like a jerk — to betray your conscience, to be unloving, unjust, unkind, [Read More…]

Sequestration Lip-Synch Scandal

In the wake of the hullabaloo over Beyonce lip-synching at the presidential inauguration ceremony, the public has now been shocked to learn that the members of the United States Congress have also been lip-synching their debates which have been keeping the budget in deadlock. When House Speaker John Boehner met with the president determined not [Read More…]

Time the Terminator

From XKCD   [Read more…]

Ruth: Romance, Racism, and Redistribution

In my class on the Bible on Friday, we discussed the Book of Ruth. And as it happened, I discovered that it was possible to encapsulate the three main topics/themes that I wanted to make sure got attention under three headings with alliteration. One topic (the first “r”) was romance. My students were fairly sure [Read More…]