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It’s St. Patrick’s Day today. It never ceases to surprise me how the USA seems to be more obsessed with its celebration than Ireland does. There is also something about St. Patrick’s day that fascinates me: That it has now apparently become a cultural affirmation of...

Remembering the Loving Legacy of Dr. Robert Saucy Mar16

Remembering the Lovi...

This past week we received the sad news that Dr. Robert Saucy, Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Talbot School of Theology, at the age of 84, after a severe car accident,  passed from this earthly life to be in the presence of our God in heaven. When I heard the news, my heart...

You’re Going to Die Mar06

You’re Going t...

A few weeks ago, TIME magazine published a series of articles on aging, found here, and the race to cure it.  The stories ranged from the different drugs scientists are researching that seem to reverse aging, the connection between mind and body in longer life, and what you can do to increase...

Lenten Chinese New Year? Mar03

Lenten Chinese New Y...

Lent has come early this year, and Chinese New Year was a bit late. Year Chinese New Year Ash Wednesday 2001 January 24 Feb 28 2002 February 12 Feb 13 2003 February 1 March 5 2004 January 22 February 25 2005 February 9 February 9 2006 January 29 March 1 2007 February...

A Rant on Stephen Fr...

Ten months ago, I wrote about Stephen Fry’s articulation of atheism. Ten months on, Fry is back on my Facebook feed, with another video on why he prefers Greek gods to the Christian or monotheistic God, and basically why the Christian God sucks—and receiving quite a bit of media attention,...

On the Other Side of...

I recently went to watch the musical, Wicked by Stephen Schwartz, for the first time, and found it very entertaining and thought-provoking. The songs were catchy and the classic songs of “Defying Gravity” and “For Good” were great. The cast did a great job and they played and sung...

On Interstellar — and Super-humanity Jan20

On Interstellar — an...

*Spoilers ahead* ‘We are the bridge!’ ~ Cooper I had been reading Nietzsche for my Christmas/New Year ‘holiday’ reading this year, and when I heard the above line when I caught the last showing of Interstellar (as highly recommended by Jamie Smith earlier on this blog) in the cinema, I...

Exodus: Gods and Kin...

Warning: This post contains spoilers. If you want to see Exodus: Gods and Kings (E:GK) for its surprises and twists, best to go see and read this later. Ridley Scott’s latest epic is definitely that. There are plenty of scenes filled with stunning special effects, powerful storm clouds, and...

Why I Don’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance Jan09

Why I Don’t Sa...

I’ve debated writing this post for months out of fear of being misunderstood. So before I get into the gist of it all, and before you write me off completely, hear what I’m NOT saying in writing this post. I’m not saying that America is evil or that it is the worst country in...

On Movies of 2014 — and Humanity Jan06

On Movies of 2014 — ...

Much could be said about the movies of 2014: from talking about the Biblical adaptions (or from the book of Enoch) of Russell Crowe’s Noah in Noah and Christian Bale’s Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings, to musing about Scarlett Johansson’s becoming super-human in Under the Skin and Lucy,...

Christmas Presence Dec25

Christmas Presence

We just finished watching Home Alone, a Christmas tradition. If you haven’t seen it in a while, please allow me to refresh your memory. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, is a pint-sized troublemaker, the youngest of five children in a house teeming with relatives all preparing to...