Today’s educated apathy: meh culpa.

“It is what it is” is what it is 1

This phrase has been annoying many of us for quite some time now. Urban Dictionary has a concise, if rude, definition. Used often in the business world, this incredibly versatile phrase can be literally translated as “f*** it.” UD didn’t censure itself, of course. All too often it is used as an excuse, a statement […]



Jerusalem Explained in under 5 minutes.

Well, it is really just about the Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock. Produced by Jorge Cham of PhD Comics. Archaeology Grad Student Nir Ortal explains the brief 3000 year old history of the Temple Mount in The Old City of Jerusalem. v

On the movie “Noah” and the film critic you should follow 3

I first “met” Peter Chattaway on an old school listserv for Daniel Amos, one of my favorite bands. He is a very accomplished film critic from the Great White North and is well worth following to read his take on movies, theology, and culture. (Be sure to check out his tear down of Star Trek: Not […]


Phil Mack

Everything you need to know about curling

Aside from the fact that it is as addictive as a bag of kettle chips. On Monday I recorded a podcast with one of my students who is a Jr. National curler, Phil Mack. Give it a listen! After a quip on twitter from me, enquiring of @CoachBrandwene whether or not we could curl at Pegula Ice […]

MA Thesis – “Joseph, Dreams, And Interpretation”

It is interesting to me that the most viewed publication of mine on is my master’s thesis, “Joseph, Dreams, And Interpretation: A Study of the Stylistic and Rhetorical Features of the Dreams in the Joseph Narrative.” This was submitted for approval 20 years ago this May. (I submitted my dissertation on “The Midrash of […]



Missing our Funny Valentine

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with our friends the Cobes on Friday evening. Yesterday Elizabeth wrote a wonderful reflection on our love and loss. It begins, “Something quite unexpected has happened. It came this morning early. For various reasons, not in themselves at all mysterious, my heart was lighter than it had been for […]

The Power to Shape and Influence Language 1

I have assigned The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership for the students in our Presidential Leadership Academy. It is an easy read with a lot of good observations from Steve Sample, former President of the University of Buffalo and the University of Southern California. In one chapter, “You Are What You Read,” he argues for the importance of […]


Jesus breakdancing

Jesus is my B-Boy

We had all misinterpreted the Book of Revelations [sic], Jesus and Mr. Satin Satan, the Breaking Beast, will have a breakdancing battle! Armageddon is really a valley-wide floor of cut up cardboard boxes. Or in other words, since I cannot un-see this I want you to share my pain. Thanks (complaints) to Dan Piraro for […]