Doctor Who: The Eaters of Light

The story begins at Devil’s Cairn in Scotland, with a girl who wants to listen for music, and a boy who says it is ghosts who may drag her to hell. On a stone cairn nearby, we see the TARDIS carved. The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole go back to the 2nd century looking for the [Read More…]

Does Ecclesiastes Deny The Afterlife?

I received an e-mail about an older blog post of mine that I linked to in a recent post, and thought I would share it, and my response here. James, I read your “Just Sayin” post today and clicked through your link to your post from 2010 about Eccles 2: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/2010/03/the-inerrancy-of-ecclesiastes-92-6.html Not sure if you’ve [Read More…]

Theological Malpractice

The New York Times recently featured an article about the resurgence of liberal religion in the realm of politics. It included the quote that I have turned into a meme above. “How do you take two or three Scriptures and make a theology out of it, and claim it is the moral perspective, and leave [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes, Just Sayin’

Steve Wiggins shared the above meme featuring a quote from the Bible, an image, and the addition of “Just Sayin’.” What other verses from the Bible deserve similar treatment? Please share the ideas in comments, with or without the images that you created to turn your ideas into memes. If you come up with good [Read More…]

Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions Genuinely Available

A couple of days ago I received my copy of the proceedings of the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium that I presented at on the subject of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. The volume is published by Cascade (an imprint of Wipf and Stock) and available through Amazon as well as the publisher’s website. Readers may [Read More…]

#Gamification at #CanvasCon

One of my favorite sessions at CanvasCon was about video games and learning. Many of the points made are ones that I also make regularly when I explain my passion for gamification. The talk was by Matt Brenner, whose Twitter handle @levelupteacher is just perfect. The talk began by asking those in the audience to [Read More…]

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Reevaluating Your Faith Management System

On Sunday, my congregation, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, celebrated its 180th anniversary. It is the third oldest church in Indianapolis, and older than Butler University (among other things, including a significant number of countries). The following day I attended CanvasCon, a day-long event about a Learning Management System called Canvas. Butler University currently uses Moodle, and [Read More…]

Joel Baden on the Bible and Immigration

A lecture by Joel Baden, drawn to my attention by Biblical Studies Online. In an article on the same subject, he shared this cartoon:   [Read more…]

The Green Pastures

When I mentioned in my course on the Bible and music that one of my favorite composers is Erich Wolfgang Korngold, this led a student to express interest in doing research related to his music. My initial reaction was to find myself unable to find much in the way of direct connection to the Bible. But [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Empress of Mars

The episode begins with a countdown at NASA, at which the Doctor shows up. The Valkyrie probe is just sending back images from underneath the Martian polar ice cap – and they see the words “God Save the Queen.” So the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole take the TARDIS back to Mars in the year 1881. [Read More…]