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SparkLife: “Life as an Atheist”

16 December 2010 Ministry

This post is long. Deal with it!

One of my students recently referred me to a post on the SparkLife blog called “Life as an Atheist.” After reading the article, I remained annoyed, so I decided to post the article here and offer up some thoughts.

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“The Lord is My Light” — Alister McGrath

12 December 2010 Biblical Studies

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Alister McGrath lecture at the Lanier Theological Library in northwest Houston. McGrath, a professor at Oxford with a doctorate in both molecular biophysics and divinity, is a scholar of the highest order and it was a real pleasure to see him in action.

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Two GoogleDocs Education Usage Scenarios

31 October 2010 Education

Occasionally, I like to post on a tool that has been useful for me, either in teaching or research. Today, I’d like to talk about a tool that’s useful for both: GoogleDocs.

By now, most folks are aware of the existence of GoogleDocs. It should come as no surprise that I, being a rabid Google fan, would be a user. Let me take you through two ways that I use GoogleDocs. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments.

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Accidental Publication

13 October 2010 Uncategorized

Howdy all — Yesterday, I accidentally published (rather than saved as draft) a post about non-literal interpretations of Genesis. That post was not meant to appear on the site, yet. It still needs some scholarly love. Thanks for reading!

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Report from “Corinth in Contrast: Studies in Inequality”

1 October 2010 Biblical Studies

As I type this, I’m laughing at Ronald Stroud, an older gentleman and professor of Classics at UC Berkeley, who has a knack for asking insightful questions with lovely (and humorous) rhetorical flourish.

Dr. Stroud is just one of the presenters at “Corinth in Contrast: Studies in Equality”, a conference hosted by the departments of Classics, Religious Studies, and the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins (ISAC) at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Ecclesiastes, Heraclitus, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

20 August 2010 Biblical Studies

In Plato’s dialogue Cratylus, Socrates gives us one of Heraclitus’s most important ideas: You cannot step twice into the same stream. For Heraclitus, this idea epitomized his doctrine of flux — everything is constantly changing. Though it may seem as if you are stepping into the same stream a second time, so much has changed since you have stepped into it — you are feeling different water molecules, there are microscopic shifts in sediment, the temperature has changed by a thousandth of a degree, etc.

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All Truth is God’s Truth — Even in a Christian School

17 August 2010 Education

During our teacher in-service last week, Dr. Stephen Livingston, our Head of School, asked the faculty this question: “Why are Christian schools afraid of academic greatness?”

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New School Year Draws Near

15 August 2010 Education

The 2010-2011 academic year begins tomorrow for Houston Christian High School (HCHS), which means that I’ll be fairly busy teaching classes. During the course of the school year, I hope to blog quite a bit about my experience for two reasons: new courses and new methods.

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Rethinking the Golden Rule

9 August 2010 Ministry

Most of us here this, and consider what Christ is commanding you to do in Matthew 7:12 (aka “The Golden Rule). However, in considering Thomas Merton’s meditations on the nature of hatred in chapter 10 of New Seeds of Contemplation (“A Body of Broken Bones”), a new way of interpreting the Golden Rule strikes me.

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I AM ∴ i am – Selfish Ambition – Deadly Reason

5 August 2010 Ministry

I’m re-reading Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, and, to be quite frank, I am blown away by my own lack of spiritual life and understanding. Allow me to make three brief points inspired by Merton…

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