Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mark Driscoll’s “working class” bloody Old Testament Jesus

Originally posted on Mercy not Sacrifice:
I’m not a pacifist or a pansy (other than the fact that I’m not very good at sports, I don’t own a gun, and I don’t see much value in  gratuitous displays of macho-ness).…

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The Selling of the President 1968

I read Joe McGinnis’ 1969 book, The Selling of the President 1968.  The book is about the attempts of Nixon’s campaign to create an image of Richard Nixon that they could sell to the public.  Incidentally, McGinnis is the same … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Sarah Palin, Social Skills

Was Satan in the Desert with Jesus?

Originally posted on Jesus Without Baggage:
The story of the temptation of Jesus is very dramatic and insightful, but was Satan really in the desert with Jesus trying to lead him astray in his mission? Let’s consider several factors. The…

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Burying the Hatchet: Why Forgiving Others Is So Hard Yet So Liberating

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Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s Pat Nixon: The Untold Story 9

I finished Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s Pat Nixon: The Untold Story. 1.  Julie recounts that her mother as First Lady was devoted to reading and responding to her mail, and to helping people whenever she could.  On page 323, Julie tells … Continue reading

Posted in Communism, History, Movies, Political Philosophy, Politics

Mark Driscoll on Unbelievable

I was recently listening to Justin Brierley’s interview of Christian pastor Mark Driscoll.  I realize that this is old news, since the program Unbelievable featured the interview on January 14, 2012.  But I usually get to things long after they’ve … Continue reading

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Book Review: Le Donne’s The Wife of Jesus

Originally posted on the archives near Emmaus:
Anthony Le Donne, The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals (London: Oneworld Publications, 2013). ( Le Donne, THE WIFE OF JESUS A book titled The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals may excite those…

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Abba may be Daddy

Originally posted on BLT:
“Abba Isn’t ‘Daddy’” said the late James Barr, scholar. “Abba Isn’t Daddy” repeats Steve Caruso, Aramaic translator, even on his more scholarly Aramaic Designs About Page. He quotes Mary Rose D’Angelo, who’s said: The NT itself…

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Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s Pat Nixon: The Untold Story 8

On page 442 of Pat Nixon: The Untold Story, Julie Nixon Eisenhower talks about the books that her mother, Pat Nixon, liked to read after Richard Nixon’s departure from the Presidency: “Her favorite books were the historical novels by the … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Historian and the Believer, by Van A. Harvey

Van Austin Harvey.  The Historian and the Believer: The Morality of Historical Knowledge and Christian Belief.  New York: The Macmillan Company, 1966. I learned about this book back when I was at Harvard Divinity School.  A friend of mine told … Continue reading

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