If I Had Lived Back Then

Just as people say that we don’t realize that we are living in the “good old days” until they have passed, so too we tend not to recognize the significance of a presidency, a protest march, a speech, or a stand, until later. History is being made every moment. The big question is whether we [Read More…]

Donald Trump’s Inauguration: The Twilight Zone Returns

This appeared in the Scottish Sunday Herald TV guide yesterday: [Read more…]

The World as 100 People, over 200 Years

The above charts come from the website The World in Data, and more specifically Max Roser’s piece, “A history of global living conditions in 5 charts.” I am sure you have all seen past attempts to represent the world as it is now if it were 100 people. But tracing that group over 2 centuries achieves [Read More…]

Memory, Acts, and the Letters of Paul

I sometimes wonder if I am unusual in not always remembering things that I have done and experienced at times in the past, about which others appear to have a clear recollection. I suspect that this is just the way that memory works, and that the other individual had recalled the event in the intervening [Read More…]

Timeless

I still need to finish blogging about the last few episodes of classic Doctor Who. And then I’m on to Star Trek: The Original Series. But I want to at least mention (even though I don’t plan to blog about every episode) the current series Timeless. A colleague of mine clued me in that the [Read More…]

C. F. D. Moule on History and Christian Faith

Matthew Montonini shared a quote from C. F. D. Moule about history and faith. Here is a longer excerpt: Decision there must be if there is to be Christian faith. Faith is faith, and no amount of photography and tape-recording of events could compel it. To see is not necessarily to believe. But, on the [Read More…]

A Brief History of Crooked Creek Baptist Church (And A Pastoral Search)

My church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis, is searching for a new minister, most likely one who will serve in a bi-vocational capacity or shared with another congregation. Because I am involved in the search, I’ve put together a brief history of the church, which also includes information about the congregation and its demographics, [Read More…]

Minds on Fire: Reacting to the Past Through Role Play

I’ve mentioned before the role-playing game that others had drawn to my attention, to replicate the Council of Nicaea (the book will be out in December). Not having explored the site sufficiently, I hadn’t realized the extent to which that project was just a small part of a much bigger one, “Reacting to the Past.” [Read More…]

Should You Be Making Games?

It was interesting to have an article come across my feed, providing guidance about whether one should quit one’s job and create video games instead, at the same time that I became aware that Leigh Grossman has a Kickstarter campaign for an RPG app: Do take a look, and consider either contributing or helping to [Read More…]

Cast out of the Synagogue/USA: History, Rhetoric, and Reality

I participated in a fascinating conversation about the Gospel of John as a group of us who had attended the “John the Jew” Enoch Seminar coped with a train strike in Italy. The conversation was about the references in the Gospel of John to being expelled from the synagogue. Since there was no¬†universally-accepted authority that [Read More…]