Win a Free Copy (or Three) of The Burial of Jesus!

At $2.99 my book The Burial of Jesus is probably well within the realm of the affordable for most people. But if you’d prefer to have a copy for free, then Joel Watts will be giving away three copies. Click through for details! [Read more…]

Is Praying for Academic Success Cheating?

Jen McCreight posted on her blog about someone who gave thanks for having passed an exam, and expressed gratitude for prayers offered on their behalf. Jen made several comments, among which this seemed to me the most interesting: Seriously, if God really is the reason that some students were doing well, they should be expelled. [Read More…]

Halfway to an Abnormally Interesting Biblical Studies Carnival

The next Biblical Studies Carnival will be at Duane Smith’s blog Abnormal Interests, and Duane posted a reminder today about this, asking for submissions. Please tell him about the most abnormal, interesting, and abnormally interesting blog posts about Biblical studies from this blog, your own blogs, and elsewhere around the blogosphere! [Read more…]

Young-Earth Creationists Believe Supernovas are Beautiful Lies told by God

Young-earth creationists, strictly speaking, can’t believe that there are such things as “supernovas” in the sense in which other people use that term. That term refers to stars exploding in faraway parts of the universe. For instance, the NASA page about one supernova visible in recent memory, SN 1987A, says this: “The star is 163,000 light-years away [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Lee Bessette)

“One of my husband’s former professor’s used to tell her students that education is the only thing we’re generally happy getting less of for our money. We’re happy when the professor cancels class. We’re happy with less homework, less requirements, less writing, less reading, less seat time, less, less, less. There are exceptions to this, [Read More…]

The Burial of Jesus: Second Edition Published!

I am happy to finally be able to announce that the second edition of my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? has now been released by Patheos Press and is now available for purchase in Kindle format on Amazon.com. Versions in Nook and iBooks format are planned for [Read More…]

Fringe Valentine

While there are an abundance of Star Wars, Star Trek, and other sci-fi Valentines around online, some shows might seem a less obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day card or greeting. But even Fringe has some. Here’s a couple: [Read more…]

More LOST Valentines

Via Nikki Stafford on Facebook [Read more…]

LOST Valentine? The J. J. Abrams Approach to Romance

At IO9, I found this Bad Robot Valentine, a funny parody of the shows by J. J. Abrams that we know and love: [Read more…]

Biblical Valentines?

I’ve shared a few sci-fi Valentines (with a couple more to follow later today). But what about Biblical or Christian Valentines? There are some obvious routes, such as using verses from the Song of Songs. And the flip side, condemning the whole thing as sheer paganism. There are also some parodies that still seem to [Read More…]


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