Barney the Antichrist

As readers will know if they watched my recorded lecture about the Book of Revelation, I offer a lighthearted look at some of the proposed identifications of the Beast, including the suggestion that it could be Barney. To be fair, a purple dinosaur is obviously more like the monster depicted in the book than most [Read More…]

Intelligence on Ice vs. Ignorance on Fire

The saying “Why is it that the choice among churches always seems to be the choice between intelligence on ice and ignorance on fire?” is attributed in Diana Butler Bass’ book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening to an unnamed Facebook poster. I think that this [Read More…]

Liberal Christianity around the Blogosphere

Bo Sanders discussed a bit of revisionist history offered in a tweet by Rick Warren, who outlandishly claimed (among other things):  Liberal theology has never created any university. It just sucks the life our of those that were started by Bible believers. Fortunately he received a lot of responses challenging his either bizarrely ill-informed or [Read More…]

Rewriting a Church Mission Statement

The cartoon above (and the one below) are from the delightful series St. Swithin's. I recently participated in a session aimed at identifying core values of our church, and so I can appreciate how close to home the cartoon hits. Our pastor used a denominational resource that was very helpful, asking us to come up [Read More…]

Belief and Practice

My entire time at church today seemed to bring together thoughts and discussions related to this theme of belief and practice and the relationship between them for Christians. In my Sunday school class, having had a guest talk about the views of the Latter Day Saints last week, we planned to talk this week about [Read More…]

What Sort of Baptist was John?

This post will hopefully illustrate that serious thoughts can be generated by frivolous content on blogs. Allan Bevere shared this amusing image of “John the Southern Baptist”: That got me thinking of the question “What sort of Baptist was John?” – imagining various “baptists” fighting over a claim to him. And that led me to [Read More…]

#JediHymns

Unvirtuous Abbey apparently started it, but Rod the Rogue Demon Hunter blogged about it and Storified it. I am referring to the Twitter meme #JediHymns. It is definitely worth checking out, whether in Rod’s post or on Twitter. It includes a lot of gems, of which the following are just samples:  If you’re Jedi and [Read More…]

Awesome Cracked Headline for Apocryphal Gospels and Acts

On Cracked.com, an article appeared today with the title “5 Miracles Deleted From the Bible For Being Too Awesome.” While the idea that the contents of the extracanonical Gospels and Acts were deleted from the Bible is simply wrong, it is very cool to see the Gospel of Peter, the Acts of John, and other such [Read More…]

Do Gospel Authors Owe Us The “Truth”?

I read the words below in an article in today’s New York Times about the blurriness of the lines between history and historical fiction in recent movies. How do you think its points relate to the depictions, reworkings, and interpretations of history in the Gospels? I for one doubt that the majority of people in [Read More…]

Rick Brannan Apocryphal Gospels for Logos

Rick Brannan’s edition of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha for Logos offers an important new resource that anyone interested in the early history of Christianity will want to have. There are in fact two “volumes” – the Greek texts themselves in the original language, and an English translation with an introduction to each [Read More…]