Genesis 3 Vacation

One of the pitfalls of being involved professionally and/or personally in the study of the Bible, theology, and/or religion is that one may notice religious symbolism or overtones in unusual and unexpected places. A case in point: I noticed after the fact that my recent family vacation mirrored the story in Genesis 3. Our first [Read More…]

Disqus Comments

I’ve heard from a couple of people that there seem to be issues with Disqus comments loading properly. It sounds as though the problem may be limited to Internet Explorer, although it is hard to tell. They seem to load fine for me – sometimes a little slowly, when there are lots of comments. Since [Read More…]

Mythicism around the Blogosphere

Joseph Hoffmann bid farewell to the gang of four at Vridar. Deseret News has a piece about Bart Ehrman, an agnostic who is convinced there was a historical Jesus.  Rowan Williams reviewed Geza Vermes’ book on Christian origins in The Guardian. Wing Nut Daily turned a professor’s suggestion that Jesus was rather like a muslim, being [Read More…]

Exploring Our Matrix now has a Facebook Page!

If you are on Facebook, you can now like Exploring Our Matrix on Facebook. Just go here:   [Read more…]

Good Deeds and Rewards

This was shared by Being Liberal on Facebook. Do you agree?     Posted with Blogsy [Read more…]

Jānis Mediņš – Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano

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Is it Good for Gays and Lesbians to be Alone?

On a long drive, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with my wife and our niece, Dana, about homosexuality from a Christian perspective. In the discussion, a few points came up related to the interpretation of Genesis 2 that I want to share. On the one hand, many have asked why, if homosexuality [Read More…]

Janis Kalniņš – Larghetto Serioso

A short piece for violin by another Latvian composer with the surname Kalniņš.   Posted with Blogsy [Read more…]

Religion, Reform, and Retention

On Facebook, Karl Giberson shared a link to a blog post with statistics about retention in religious and areligious groups, i.e. their effectiveness in passing on their worldview and communal identity to their children. Here is the relevant chart: There is a lot that is interesting and potentially worth talking about. I suspect that for [Read More…]

Apocalyptic Philadelphia Freedom

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we discussed the message addressed to the church in Philadelphia in Revelation chapter 3. There are a number of interesting details, but in this post I want to highlight one of them. In Revelation 3:10, the author places this promise to the church in Philadelphia on the [Read More…]