Marriage and Redemption in the Book of Ruth 4

This brief post began as a response to a comment on my earlier post “Age in the Book of Ruth and a Proxy Marriage?” The commentator very simply stated that the marriage between Ruth and Boaz was because “a baby needed to be born to preserve the line of Naomi’s husband.” It was suggested (stated […]

“Soul Sleep” or Immediate Resurrection? 55

January 14, 2014 Charles Miller, in the comments, shared this quote from Emil Brunner’s The Eternal Hope (available in its entirety as a PDF here). I am not familiar with his work (a lacking in my education, clearly) but have ordered this volume and look forward to reading it. Brunner says what I was trying […]

CHE Article – Online Split Personality? 3

This weekend an article came out in the Chronicle of Higher Education about academics and academic units with multiple online “identities.” I was interviewed along with several others, but for some reason I was the only one of whom they took silly pictures. It is a very good article on a topic that really is […]

Don’t be a lackey 1

I really enjoy Evil, Inc. by Brad Guigar. It is a comic about superheroes and villains and I found this strip very amusing and thought provoking. But I am not sure how I feel about this. As a parent I am inclined to feel the same way, think for yourself and take responsibility, even if […]

“Perhaps this generation of teenagers will pull away from religion for good.” 2

That is the concluding line from this oped by Bonnie Erbe. I suspect she is enjoying a double entendre here as her article makes it clear that she finds religion useless at best and narcissistic at worst. She is reviewing the already-well-commented-upon Almost Christianity by Kenda Creasy Dean. I have not read the book and […]

The Church Stagnant 1

I actually don’t have a commentary to write about my church, the ECUSA, or even THE church to go with this picture, but it wouldn’t take much. The church pictured below is now abandoned, trapped in a lava flow that moved around and into the church, covering the town below and leaving the church abandoned […]

Evangelicals ≠ Fundamentalists 4

UPDATE: I thought a poll would help us get a sense of what readers of Targuman think about the Barna Group definition of “evangelical.” [poll=7] At least in my view, but not in Barna’s or Jim West’s. In Jim’s post he cites the Barna survey that found that evangelicals are more concerned with abortion, and […]