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…]

Was Jesus an Exercist?

HT Jona Lendering I could imagine both the spelling errors occurring in a single student essay which ends up saying: “Jesus went around exercising until he was killed by Pilates.”   [Read more…]

Oh Christmas Tree!

We put up and decorated our Christmas tree yesterday. This morning, while it is still dark, I tried taking a photo. I think the above, taken without flash, does at least some justice to it. We also turned on the lights on the Christmas tree at church yesterday for the first (official) time, too. Now [Read More…]

Christmas Cards for Every Theology

Allan Bevere shared the following Christmas card(s) with Arminian and Calvinist versions (via Craig L. Adams): Arminian                                                                             [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…]

Saurongelism

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Lecture on the Book of Revelation

The last class topic of the semester, this lecture begins with a bit of background about apocalyptic literature such as the Book of Daniel, covers general points about the Book of Revelation, and then tackles the number of the Beast, mentioning some prior proposed identifications both frivolous and serious. [Read more…]

Science Fiction and the Bible CFP

Religion Call for Papers passed on an exciting bit of news: The European Association of Biblical Studies will be holding a workshop in Leipzig next summer on science fiction and the Bible! There’s more information on the EABS website, and the call for papers opened today. Sounds like something I really ought to find a [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…]