Monthly Archives: August 2009

18 posts

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2010 SBL Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting

Jeremy Shipper asked if we would pass this call along and I am more than happy to do so! (And if I can get my act together I will even submit a paper. I love my administrative job but it makes research a challenge.) Jeremy tells us that, “Highlights for our 2010 meeting include our plenary address by Dr. Benjamin D. Sommer, Professor in the Department of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish […]

Best iPhone clock radio

I have been looking at these various clock radios that have iPod/iPhone docks. I have bought two in the last year and taken them both back. Then, wandering around Wal•Mart, I saw the Griffin AirCurve ($19.99 at W and $14.99 at Amazon). It is designed to amplify the sound of the iPhone’s built in speaker, but it also has a cradle and adapters so that when you put your sync cable in it your phone will be […]

Conference: Stewardship or Sacrifice? Religion & the Ethics of Climate Change

Things are coming together for our conference at PSU regarding religious and ethical dimensions of climate change. I will be a panelist and I am looking forward to it! From the conference website: Conference: October 7–8, 2009 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center The Pennsylvania State University All events are free and open to the public. Held at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, this conference will examine the role that religion can play in solving the climate change crisis. […]

A Christian approach to the healthcare debate

I have posted on this hot topic before and while I still find this an incredibly complex problem to try and resolve I am pleased there are thoughtful folks trying to work through the issues. Of course, I think the ethical or moral dimension is easy, of course we should want everyone to have the best healthcare possible! The challenge is the economics and politics of it. I particularly like the preamble to Sojourners resource […]

The example of David, good or bad?

Last Sunday I was the guest preacher/celebrant at a nearby parish and had the chance the preach on David. As many of you know, he is one of my favorite biblical figures, but not always for the reasons people expect. The Revised Common Lectionary this summer has been following the story of David through Samuel so I took this opportunity to consider how it could be that this murdering, adulterer could be a man after […]

The more things change…or how should we educate?

I am not going to tell you author or date. Without using Google can you tell me who said this and when? And does it not sound like a fairly contemporary argument? When we think about the remarkably early age at which the young men went up to university in, let us say, Tudor times, and thereafter were held fit to assume responsibility for the conduct of their own affairs, are we altogether comfortable about […]

Jesus in the Wii and Prayin’ and Sinnin’

Since I don’t seem to have time to formulate any coherent thoughts lately (at least for the blog, I am doing lots of it elsewhere) I thought I would put up a couple more comics with a religious bend from today. I should add that KMR’s character on the right (identified with the author) is talking to her twin sister (yup, twin) and I think we should understand that the tongue is firmly planted in […]