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…]

Conversations around the Blogosphere

There are several posts around the blogosphere related to topics of conversation here, some of which interact directly with things I’ve written. First, Fred Clark offers a helpful response to the “anatomically-correct porpoise fetish” objection to the sufficiency of the Golden Rule as a moral principle. The key is to understand it not in a [Read More…]

Christian Diversity Explained?

The above is another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. On the same topic, see Liberal Baptist Rev’s “Goofed-Up Bible” version of John 1:1:  “In the beginning was the Bible.  And because the Bible was clear, humankind was saved from endless debates about what God expected. “ [Read more…]

Imants Kalniņš – Blow Ye Wind!

A nice little piece by Imants Kalniņš, a living Latvian composer who has written in a range of styles from symphonies to rock opera! [Read more…]

Marry Like an Egyptian

Someone on Facebook mentioned, as part of an argument against same-sex marriage, a passage in Maimonides saying that the ancient Egyptians would marry a man to a man and a woman to a woman. To me, this seemed to provide still more support for an argument in the precise opposite direction. Maimonides was in fact [Read More…]

Anush-Uthra vs. Jesus: Smackdown in Jerusalem

I just posted another draft of a chapter from the Mandaean Book of John. In this chapter, chapter 76, there are a few places where the meaning of the text is not entirely clear (do I need to mention this when it is true of pretty much every section of every Mandaic text?). But the [Read More…]