December 6, 2019

Gino Vanelli, with his brothers, has been making amazing music for decades. Here is a 47 minute sampler. The man took years out of the most successful part of his career to go to seminary, and you can here some of his theology in some of these songs. See what you think…. of one of the most amazing voices ever. BW3 Read more

December 5, 2019

In principio erat verbum? Words— Sign without significance? Sound without sense? Means without meaning? Like clouds in the sky? One’s left wondering why? Or— Common communication? Insight and inspiration? Art and articulation? Or— Context defines content? Use delineates meaning? Diction creates dictionary? BUT, “Dictionaries are ex post facto. ‘In principio erat dictionarium’ is a myth. They do not define but describe…” How words have been used Or abused And the muse is not amused, When his words are misused. BUT… Read more

December 4, 2019

I found these signs on the side of the road on the way to Cherry Grove, S.C. Read more

December 3, 2019

The new Tom Hanks movie may not be what you are expecting, but it’s so Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers was all about other people, not himself, about loving other people as they are and helping them become their best selves, and in particular helping children learn how to be kind, gentle, compassionate, loving, forgiving human beings. This movie, which is over too quickly (less than two hours) focuses on a relationship Fred Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, and a pacifist,… Read more

December 3, 2019

Two months ago I snuck into Wilmington N,C. one Sunday midnight to surprise my Mom for her 93rd birthday. We drove down to our favorite beach Cherry Grove Beach S.C. and a good time was had by all. Here’s a video I did of sunrise at Cherry Grove Beach, and some candid shots. Here we are with one of Mom’s fellow piano teachers and her husband, Carolyn and Randy Nelson, at supper at a restaurant in Wilmington… Here’s the Cherry… Read more

December 2, 2019

Here’s a review by Dr. Randy Saultz, a former student of mine. An Exciting Time for a Biblical Theology Have you ever started reading a great novel and get swept into it in ways that don’t let you put it down? That is kind of like what happens when I read biblical theology. Yes, I know that not everyone finds this to be exciting reading but I am glad to have started reading Biblical Theology: The Convergence of the Canon…. Read more

December 1, 2019

Advent is now upon us, and just as there are a plethora of ways to celebrate Advent, in this season especially we ask the question— Why are there so many differing translations of the Christmas story? Of the making of new translations there is no end…. and you may be surprised to hear me say this is a good thing, though for the laity it also is confusing. There are several good reasons why we continue to need fresh translations… Read more

November 30, 2019

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November 29, 2019

Sometimes the difference between a genuine ‘whodunnit’ and a spoof is very little. This movie, which is a real treat, tries to plow the middle furrow and do some of both. There’s a real mystery, there’s a death (but is it murder?) and there are laughs and absurdities along the way (not the least of which is Daniel Craig’s Foghorn Leghorn southern drawl. It’s so bad, it’s good.) This movie is one part ‘Murder She Wrote’ and one part Agatha… Read more

November 29, 2019

BEN: In discussing Rom. 5-8 you talk about Sin, Death, Flesh being causative agents in this world. What exactly does that mean? They are not personal entities, so are you saying that there are cosmic bad guys, fallen angels and such, who are plaguing humanity with these things, or are you simply saying that humanity is enmeshed in sin and it’s a downward spiral into death? Or both? SCOT: I was particulary impacted by the fine study of Agency through… Read more

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