Two Powers in Hebrews 2?

Today my Sunday school class got up to Hebrews 2:5-13. I was really struck by the fact that the author says that he is speaking about the world to come. Was that obvious to everyone reading the epistle, prior to this point? Does that mean that the language about the exalted status of the Son [Read More…]

The Boredom of Eternity

Today's Speed Bump cartoon pinpoints an important issue with the notion of an afterlife in which people exist forever more in much the same sort of existence as human beings experience now, with personalities and experience of passing time. It is not just the stereotype of sitting on a cloud playing a harp that seems [Read More…]

P.S. – The Unfilmed Final Scene from “The Angels Take Manhattan”

The BBC released a video indicating the contents of a final scene that was written for the Doctor Who episode “The Angels Take Manhattan” to bring Brian’s story to closure, but ultimately not filmed: Many wondered about this. How do you feel about what the writer envisaged? [Read more…]

Somewhere Even the Doctor Won’t Go (Angels Take Manhattan SPOILERS)

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Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan

Steven Moffatt promised a moving and fitting farewell to Rory and Amy. I think he pulled it off in the end, although in many ways, the episode faces the problem that “The Caves of Androzani” faces: we knew when watching it that the Doctor would regenerate, and there were so many perilous moments that at [Read More…]

Of Ponds, Angels, and Prayers

I am struck by the prayerful pose of Amy and Rory in this poster for tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Angels Take Manhattan”: As we fans of the show brace ourselves for tonight’s episode, feel free to discuss what you expect might happen, what you fear will happen, what you will be sorry if [Read More…]

Review of To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal

I am grateful to Patheos for the opportunity to participate in the book club about Mary C. Neal’s book To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story. This is not a scholarly or academic book, but a personal account by this medical doctor of [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…]

The Seven Spirits of God and Heavenly Bureaucracy in the Book of Revelation

A few weeks ago we began working our way through the Book of Revelation in my Sunday school class. Two points that I drew attention to in the text relate to the same theme of the cosmology of the author and readers, with its heavily populated spiritual and celestial realms. Right in the first paragraph, [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones

The Doctor Who episode “The Faceless Ones” from the Patrick Troughton era is a gripping mystery set largely in Gatwick Airport, where aliens have infiltrated and are working to abduct human young people. Most of the action revolves around the Doctor’s attempt to determine what exactly is going on, who is responsible, and why they [Read More…]


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