Monthly Archives: October 2010

25 posts

Shared stories

Just a reminder that if you want to also follow what I share via Google Reader you may: You do not need to use Google Reader, by the way, to see my shared items or even to use the GR features. Or at least you don’t need to use GR directly. I useNewsRack on my iPad and iPhone which connects and syncs to my GR account. It allows me to Share, Like, and so on […]

Understanding Genesis 2-3 is a “doomed task”

Or so says reader Dave Wyman. I am very grateful for his comments and wanted to share them and respond to them in a post rather than just in the comments section. The story of Adam and Eve doesn’t make much sense if we think about it, and it’s not supposed to make sense. That is, like the story of Santa Claus bringing presents to children, the story of Adam and Eve breaks down upon […]

Genesis of Evil

My prior post about Gen. 3 and how (and why) Eve and Adam realize that they are naked has generated a lot of excellent comments. Please do be sure to read them all. A number of comments are addressing the origin of evil and I wanted to remind folks of my earlier post from two weeks ago on this topic. I realize that my somewhat unorthodox reading may have been lost within the post since […]

“They saw that they were naked” and sexy?

Two-thirds of the way through the semester in my course on Gen. 1-3 and we finally have gotten to that moment when the fruit has been eaten. Yesterday we discussed exactly what happens when Eve and Adam “who was with her” ate of that pesky pear.1 You recall that the serpent told Eve that when she ate of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So […]

But then I remember, I have a blog

I love this season, that’s all I’m saying. I love the fall, the colors the crisp air, the football (not to mention the apples!). Last year I was riding with our director of development to NYC or Philly or anywhere to meet with donors and friends of the college. I was oohing and aahing about the colors of the trees in the mountains and I apologized. “I am sure you are sick of me by […]

Publisher’s Print Catalogues – Who needs ’em?

It is that time of year again. The leaves are dropping and SBL is fast approaching. That means that my mailbox is full of catalogues from various academic and religious book publishers trying to get me to consider their texts, purchase their books, or come by their booths in Atlanta. With all of the discussion regarding sustainability and electronic publishing (not to mention the current economic situation) you would think that publishers would have moved from […]

My TEDx Talk – Attend. Listen. Enlighten.

I had the honor and privilege to host the TEDxPSU conference that occurred on 10/10/10. As host I was not given a slot to speak rather I had 60 seconds to transition from one speaker to the next. I decided to take the liberty of sneaking a talk in after all, one “toot” at a times, a brief sentence fragment during each of the 22 transitions. At the end, by request, I read the whole […]

Civil rights or freedom of religion issue?

I am just not sure what to make of this. I am strongly in support of civil rights and equality and against discrimination but this… Well, you tell me, what do you think? A civil rights complaint has been filed against a woman in Grand Rapids, Mich., who posted an advertisement at her church last July seeking a Christian roommate. The ad “expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other […]