Monthly Archives: December 2008

33 posts

Spiritual photography

I have linked to the flickr feed of the National Media Museum before. Today they uploaded a collection of “spirit photographs” by William Hope. These photographs of ‘spirits’ are taken from an album of photographs unearthed in a Lancashire second-hand and antiquarian bookshop by one of the Museum’s curators. They were taken by a controversial medium called William Hope (1863-1933). Born in 1863 in Crewe, Hope started his working life as a carpenter. In about […]

2nd Sunday of Advent – Expectations & Preparations

[This is sort of a “rough cut,” intended as a detailed outline rather than a full narrative exposition. Still, feel free to read and comment!] Second Sunday of Advent Year B RCL Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet […]

12 Days of Kitschmas

Many of you are probably already familiar with Ship of Fools, a great Christian parody and humor site. Each year since 1999 they have presented the “12 Days of Kitschmas,” various gifts that are (often unintentionally) funny. This year I have to report on one in particular. This is a “caganer,” something that I had never heard of before. Wikipedia tell us: In Catalonia, as well as in the rest of Spain and in most […]

Last Call for SBL Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting

I have been intending to submit a paper, but I confess I have not. So Jeremy’s notice buys me more time to procrastinate! No! Get your papers submitted now! Dear Colleagues, I wanted to take a moment to remind you once again to keep the submissions coming for our 2009 SBL Mid Atlantic Regional meeting.  If you have not done so already, please email me your submissions by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 at  We will […]

5,000 years of Imperial History of the Middle East

This is an amazing Shockwave production showing in 90 seconds the ebb and flow of empires in the region of the Mediterranean basin and beyond. Sure, we can (and I hope some will) quibble about the details but I think this will give a nice broad sense of the region and its political history to my students. HT to SCMProfessor and thanks to for making it.  

“Learn to be a serf”

Dr. Boli is really a must read blog. It is well worth putting on your blog roll (or your bog roll, depending upon where you do most of your reading, I suppose). This is another fine example: (The author, I am told on good authority, is Christopher Bailey, coauthor of The Grail Code, so someone perhaps not unknown to the content of the world of biblicablogs.)  

Bono & CS Lewis

Since this is all promotional I do not think Bruce Edwards will mind my reposting this. From Further Up & Further In. Coming May 13-15, 2009, NYC will be the grand venue for a terrific academic conference sponsored by Cedarville University focused on the music, work and influence of U2: U2: The Hype and the Feedback. (You may have noticed the info box on the right menu that has been posted since October.) Registration info […]