Revelation 7: The Seal of God, the Earth’s Corners, and Tribal Errors

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we talked about Revelation chapter 7. Given my sense of humor, you won’t be surprised that I mentioned that Revelation 7:2 doesn’t mean this: We also talked about how the chapter illustrates problems with both literalism and inerrancy. With literalism, not just because someone reading in English [Read More…]

Fred Clark on What Differentiates Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Ken Ham and Ralph Reed from Sun Myung Moon

Here’s what Fred Clark had to say in a post today: I think…Moon is the last of his kind. Today, there are many easier paths to the same goals — more respectable and potentially more lucrative means to the same ends. Consider Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Ken Ham or Ralph Reed. They’re chasing [Read More…]

A Whovian Prayer

I saw this on Facebook, and thought I’d share it here, even though I don’t really like it – for reasons I’ll comment on below. Why am I not delighted? It isn’t because I object in principle to science fiction doing potentially irreverent things with religious material – after all, I previously shared these. It [Read More…]

Eyes Encyclopedia of Knowledge: Mandaic and Arabic Editions of Mandaean Texts Online

The MandaeanNetwork.org web site (connected with one that bears the title “The Eyes Encyclopedia of Knowledge“) has a number of useful items on it, including an Arabic translation of the Book of John and bilingual Mandaic and Arabic editions of other texts such as the Haran Gawaita, which can be read online. [Read more…]

The Apostles’ Creed & The Lord’s Prayer As One Progressive Christian Hears Them

Today on Facebook, my friend and colleague Rev. Charles Allen shared his own interpretation of – or perhaps I should say variations on or versions of – two traditional components of Christian liturgy, prayer, and devotion, namely the Apostle's Creed and the Lord's Prayer. Charles offered them with some comment, which I also include below. [Read More…]

Ancient Christian Burial Practices: A Request for Help

I have a friend who has an interest in following the development of early Christian burial practices, and in particular those of Jewish Christians. Among non-Jewish Christians, we can pick up the threads of development in some other places, like Rome. And it has been suggested that some part of the necropolis on the Mount [Read More…]

Romans 1:20 Updated

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Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

Doctor Who is back! If you have yet to see Asylum of the Daleks, then don't read this. From the very first shot, there are cool things about the episode, and surprises. It seems as though Doctor Who has managed to really hit the ground running with something spectacular every new season since it started [Read More…]

Matthew 7:22-23 Updated

Inspired by Bob Cargill’s post [Read more…]

The August 2012 Biblical Studies Carnvial

“Look, up in the sky! Is it a bird?” “Yup.” Jim West has posted the latest Biblical studies carnival, and the first thing you see might indeed be a bird. But that is just because this month’s post has a special emphasis on Twitter. Click through to read Jim’s round up of posts, laced with [Read More…]