Monthly Archives: March 2009

45 posts

Scotland prepares for war.

BBC News is reporting that a zoo in Scotland has breed super-deadly frogs. The NOW Show wants to know why. Could it be war? A frog so poisonous that it can kill up to 200 people has been successfully bred at a Fife aquarium. The golden arrow poison dart frog secretes toxin from its skin, which is used by south American tribesmen to poison their blow-gun darts. At least one person is certain that the […]

How important is the Bible?

This week’s lectionary readings are: Numbers 21:4-9 Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 The John passage has disturbed a clerical colleague because of the following portion. “18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (And the subsequent verses as well.) The concern is that taking this verse “literally” has been […]

Podcast with Asra Nomani

Today I had the great privilege to interview our upcoming Schreyer Signature Speaker Ms. Asra Nomani. You can download the podcast through iTuneU at this link. The press release is below. Wall Street Journal Reporter’s Abduction and Murder Subject of Lecture UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Journalist and author Asra Q. Nomani will speak about the 2002 abduction and murder of her colleague and friend Daniel Pearl at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in Penn State’s Schwab […]

Pushing the Jon Stewart button

This past weekend I posted a criticism of how Jon Stewart criticises (and handles criticism). The result surprised me a bit. I do not mind people disagreeing with me, quite the opposite! I enjoy the engagement, but I was surprised at how strongly folks are defending Stewart. My friend Rick put it nicely. I admit to some curiosity as to why some defend Stewart so passionately. Which is fine of course and people have done […]

Essenes – Josephus made the whole thing up

UPDATE: Now Time magazine is covering this non-story. Time has succombed to sensationalism as much as any rag. I love this line: Now a prominent Israeli scholar, Rachel Elior, disputes that the Essenes ever existed at all — a claim that has shaken the bedrock of biblical scholarship. “Shaken the bedrock of biblical scholarship”? I don’t think so. My comments below still stand. With the whole Golb affair raging (and see the silliness in the […]

Scrivener, Nisus Writer Pro, and Hebrew/Aramaic

Have any of you use Scrivener with NWP (best of all, incorporating right to left languages)? I know @Ihnatko uses it but so far as I know he does not use Hebrew or the kind of formatting I will need. I am in the early stages of my book on Targum Ruth and I thought this time I would try and be organized from the beginning. I am putting bibliography into Bookends and Scrivener’s method […]

SSJE Audio Rule

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is also known as the “Cowley Fathers.” Today one of our retired clergy sent me the link to the podcast of their Rule. He says, “The first rule was written by founder Fr. Richard Meux Benson, in the 19th century at Cowley, near Oxford (SSJE was the first monastic group to start up in England after Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries).” There are short 4 minute chapters and […]

Reimagine Scholarship | Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Some students and I will be presenting on our blogging initiative at the Penn State TLT Symposium this spring. Reimagine Scholarship | Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology. Reflective blogging across a student’s college career Schreyer Honors College Dean Chris Brady and two students describe a pilot in which the students are asked to blog about their college experiences. Students are asked to relate their posts to the Honors College mission of academic excellence […]