Monthly Archives: February 2009

39 posts

The Buddhist Bishop

Because the Episcopal church doesn’t have enough to contend with these days. These links are forwarded (with permission) from “StandFirm.” This is a conservative site, “Traditional Anglicanism in America,” so you already know their angle, but you have to admit…this seems more than a bit silly. Are their no Christian clergy in MI willing to take up the mitre? (I am not keen on the fact that the links all point to their own site, […]

Last call for SBL Paper Submissions!

UPDATE: Just one more day! The deadline is February 28th! A gentle reminder that we have one more week to submit paper proposals for SBL 2009. The conference will be in my old stomping grounds of New Orleans. I interviewed for my Tulane job during the last SBL meeting in New Orleans back in 1996! (I remember vividly eating good old rare beef with my fellow expats from Oxford. You will recall the mad cow […]

THON Pictures

THON ended this past Sunday with the students having raised $7.49 million (yes million) this year alone! I will be editing (I hope) my podcast this weekend, but in the meantime the pictures are up. As a refresher, THON is the largest student philanthropy in the world and raises its funds for fighting pediatric cancer and aiding those children and families afflicted. The student participants dance for 46 hours straight (really!) and over the course […]

Is-ought the Bible to be systematic?

In class this passed Tuesday in which we were discussing Samuel and the rise of the monarchy a very sharp student asked why/how God could “regret” having made Saul king since God was all-knowing (1 Sam. 15:10 and 1 Sam. 2:3 respectively). I gave my usual, admittedly overly-simplified comment, that this is precisely why I do not hold much to systematic theology because the Bible is not systematic. That led to the student writing this […]

SBL International Meeting – Hebrew Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls

This is very tempting, but I wonder how many folks will have the funds to go. 2009 International Meeting Celebrating the Centenary of Pontifical Biblical Institute Pontifical Gregorian University Rome, Italy 30 June – 4 July, 2009 This morning I received the program for The Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. It looks like a great group of sessions. The Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls International Meeting of the SBL, Rome, June 30th-July […]

Blog review and (semi-) hidden identity

Anna Blanch of Goannatree is doing a review of the Top 100 Theology blogs listed by I was honored to be in their list and that Anna reviewed my blog. My marks were even pretty good! Making the Grade: Scope – A- Quality – B+ She does, however, point out that I do not mention my name in the About section. I have just changed that and realize it is a vestige from when […]