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1/6/10

Tony Blair -- Faith & Globalization


1/5/10

Celebrate what's right with the world -- Dewitt Jones
Celebrate What’s Right With The World
...teaches what a powerful force having a vision of possibilities can be for you. Do you have a vision for your organization? More importantly, do you have one for yourself? One that gets you excited every morning and keeps you open to possibilities.

 

studentchurch.org --- coming soon


12/31/09

Read through the Bible in 2010 with BibleGateway.com reading plans


12/21/09

Religious Revival -- from InsideHigherEd.com
Religion is the most popular theme studied by historians, according to a new survey of members of the American Historical Association. The survey asks members to name three themes of interest to their work, so many of the historians who picked religion may not have that topic as a sole focus. But the new position for religion in history is a dramatic change: Until this year, culture had been the top selection in surveys over the last 15 years.

The data suggest that those coming into the profession are more likely than their elders to have a focus on religion. According to the AHA, more than half of those who selected religion as one of their key themes received their highest degree since 2000. And almost 40 percent of the AHA members who picked the theme either were graduate students, assistant professors or associate professors -- categories that make up only 33 percent of the association's members. The association released an analysis of the survey Friday, written by Robert Townsend, the association's assistant director for research and publications.


12/5/09

Innovative eLearning campus for Biblical Theological Seminary -- from PitchEngine.com
MindActive Inc, a Web marketing and eLearning development firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, recently created and launched a new online eLearning platform for Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA.

Biblical Theological Seminary, an accredited interdenominational seminary, had asked MindActive, and its partner, Shapevine.com, to help create an innovative online campus, called “The Digital Campus Project”, so it could offer credit-based courses for its Master's Degree in Missional Church Planting.

“We have integrataed our live interactive technologies with an open-source application called Moodle, to build the Learning Management portion of the eCampus. They wanted the ability to enroll students for online courses using their existing registration process. The integrated eCampus platform was built to allow users seamless use of their course applications with a single login, said Paul Shirer, partner with MindActive”.

MindActive also integrated their own innovative video webcasting, live event video, and video email applications into the seminary’s Learning Management System (LMS) to allow administrators, students, educators, and faculty members to share, communicate, and collaborate all within the same school based platform.

BiblicalSeminary.edu

shapevine.com


Ben Stein: Christmas Confessions
-- excerpt from About.com webpage. It has been circulating via email, and is "a commentary on the state of American culture attributed to author, pundit, actor, and game show host Ben Stein". Description: Email flier | Circulating since: Jan. 2006 | Status: Attribution is partly correct Email example (below) contributed by Ross F., Feb. 11, 2006:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu.

If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.

I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?

I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.

But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this Happen?" (regarding Katrina)

Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.

And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says

Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

From DSC:
I have felt this way for decades...it takes a lot to amaze me these days. Yet I'm utterly amazed at how patient the LORD is with me and with others. I hope there's still time to seek Him while He may be found in the United States of America. I don't mean to come off as some righteous know-it-all telling others how to live. Conversely I'm tired of seeing others continually slap the LORD's face, refuse to honor Him, and arrogantly tell the Creator of all to go take a hike (i.e. saying "We know better than You."). We refuse to let Him into our schools and many other institutions. Then we wonder why our nation is crumbling around us and our youth are so disillusioned and often depressed.

Few, if any, of the major news-related shows ever touch upon the real problem within us -- our hearts and our minds and the sinful nature we battle throughout our lives. Here at Calvin, we try to work on the hearts and minds of our students as well as ourselves. We know we need help. We don't kick the LORD out of our lives and out "of the public square."

Again, we know we need Him. Some people call this weakness. But they might just want to read Psalm 73 (NIV), of which the following verses jumped out at me:

When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me... till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

One last thought here. I hesitated to publish these thoughts at first, as I'm trying to contribute to the world and make it a better place; and I realize there will be some (many?) who read this and instantly remove me from their list of folks they check in on. But I'm not ashamed of the gospel...and I don't answer to those folks.


11/24/09

Engage The Word - Get your Bible our of neutral -- from the American Bible Society

Also see:
ABS Record.com
| DailyBible.AmericanBible.org | Bibles.com


ChristianClipArts.net
-- my thanks to Daniel Laninga in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource
“ChristianClipArts.net is producing Christianity animations, Christian flash games and illustrations from the Bible. This would be good for kids participating in  Sunday School or teachers planning lessons for children.”


11/23/09

Working replica of Noah's Ark

Just a handful of the links to the story about a modern-day replica of Noah's Ark:

11/19/09

CNN's article re: online churches


11/13/09

voorleesbijbel.nl -- my thanks to William Overbeeke in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource
Listen to the entire Bible in Dutch, read aloud to you by everyday Dutch people. You can also download sections of the Bible to use in iTunes or another music library. This is a great site if you are trying to immerse yourself in the Dutch language. If you are already familiar with the Bible in English or your native language, this is a good way to take those familiar words and translate them to Dutch.


11/9/09

Maggwire - Category is Spirituality


11/5/09

Excerpt from this article re: Context

For my seventh birthday, an aunt gave me the Holy Bible as a gift. But it wasn’t just any Bible. It was a student Bible, organized for study and personal understanding.

An introduction advised me not to read the book straight through (an activity I was in no danger of undertaking), but to choose a prescribed reading path based on my goals and interests. Reading paths were arranged by topics including important women of the Bible, the origins of the holidays, and war and conflict.

At seven, I didn’t find any of those paths appealing, so I put the student Bible on my shelf and forgot about it.

Years later, Lutheran school had turned me into something of a Bible scholar. I knew the Bible backward and forward: All the stories, all the lessons. One day, clearing out my bookshelf for college, I found the student Bible and thumbed through one of the reading paths.

It was like discovering those stories all over again. The change in context—reading about women all in one go, reading about kings all at once—gave me new perspective. The new relationships I’d found supplied a brand new narrative. The words were the same. The events were the same, but my vision had shifted. My understanding grew.

Context changes things.


10/7/09

Check out the NUMEROUS free resources available for these disciplines



10/5/09

Creation Museum -- seven miles west of the Cincinnati Airport


9/29/09

From DSC:
I don't know anything about this church, but I really like what they are doing here. They are using the Internet as a ministry, not just an online brochure. I would add 60-second multimedia-based pieces to their offering -- illustrating scripture in relevant, modern-day ways.

National Community Church's website

RSS Feed -- this place gets it!

 

9/14/09

Southern California universities acquire rare religious texts -- from the LA Times
Five fragments of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls are in the collection of Azusa Pacific. Loyola Marymount is displaying a leaf from one of the original Gutenberg Bibles from the 1450s.


7/30/09

Zondervan's aim to be "most progressive Christian company" creates technology opportunities -- from Rapid Growth
Zondervan in Grand Rapids aims to be the most progressive publisher of Christian-based media by making every title they publish on paper available in digital format. And if that wasn't enough, the company will make each digital book available for their biggest customers, Christian retailers, to sell in their bricks-and-mortar stores.


7/7/09

Oldest known Bible put online

From CNN. com


6/22/09

MorningStarAcademy


6/5/09

Related item:
Media Seminar Online Triples Audience -- from christianity.ca by Staff, Canadian Lutheran
An online media seminar at Concordia Lutheran Seminary included viewers from across Canada and the U.S. More online sessions are planned. What began as a regularly scheduled classroom session this spring turned into an international online event at Concordia Lutheran Seminary.


5/19/09

What currents are we/you floating in? Sometimes we don't know until we need to start swimming upstream.

Examples:
Look out for #1; serve yourself. Love and serve others as well as yourself.
Man, this is a dog-eat-dog world; competition is key and the winner takes it all. Help others out; be aware of others needs.
Make as much money as you can. After all, that's what life's all about. Do the right thing. Keep a clear conscience. Watch what you treasure -- for the LORD said where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Be "normal". Is there such a thing? If so, what does it really look like and according to whose book?
God bless America. God bless all nations.
Learning is best when done in a face-to-face setting. Really? Always? For everyone?
They can learn it that way -- I sure did. But is there a better way to learn it?
News is generally bad -- that's what news is and that's why people watch/read our news. Who said? Whose interests does that viewpoint really benefit? What agenda is really behind that viewpoint?
I need to constantly change the images that my viewers see each second. Otherwise they will get bored and my materials will look boring. Who said? In fact, I'll look away when you continually flash milli-seconds worth of images at me, as it is overwhelming to a visually-oriented person like me.
“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it..." "...but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”


Speaking of currents....check this out:

Speaking of currents!

 


5/6/09

Christian Studies for the iPhone
Immerse yourself in the study of Christianity with these apps that range from full Bibles to Bible verses and quotes to prayers and texts.

  1. Touch Bible LE. Read both King James Version and New English Translation of the Bible with this app that also provides a place to keep notes and functions such as search, bookmark, and the ability to change font sizes.
  2. BibleXpress. Select from ASV, ESV, KJV, LBLA, NASB, NRSV, and TM versions of the Bible with this app.
  3. God’s Word. Manage daily devotionals and read, perform full text search, and bookmark the American Standard Version of the Bible.
  4. The Bible. Get customizable features with this King James Version of the Bible such as the ability to change fonts and colors, easy searching, auto scrolling, highlighting, and more.
  5. KJV Bible Audiobook. Listen to the King James Version of the Bible and choose to read along or read only as well.
  6. Top 100 Bible Verses. Find well-known Bible verses among others less common with this app.
  7. Bible Wisdom. Get quotes from Jesus and Old Testament prophets straight from the Bible.
  8. A collection of Holy Prayers. This app provides several popular and moving Christian prayers.
  9. The Way of the Cross Prayer. Use these prayers and meditations to walk along with Christ during His journey through His sufferings and death.
  10. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Get this classic Christian allegory here complete with a scroll feature to make reading easier.

4/29/09

 

O LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

(Edited) photo from:
The Other Side by Stefan Bingham

 

4/28/09

Christian-based entertainment/drama-related items

River City Improv

Friends of the Groom

My thanks to Melissa Winegar in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource

 

DramatiChurch

My thanks to Daniel Laninga in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource


4/22/09

National Christian 7-12 totally online school

 

LBC Gospel Choir

4/17/09

Why I believe again -- from newstatesman, by A N Wilson; original link from Paulo Ribeiro, Calvin College
A N Wilson writes on how his conversion to atheism may have been similar to a road to Damascus experience but his return to faith has been slow and doubting.

Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009 (With Lyrics) -- my thanks to my cousins Steve and Laura as well as my mother for forwarding this along
Please take a moment to watch this -- I promise you that it's worth your time. What a wonderful reminder that gifts can easily be "beneath the surface" -- and things aren't always what they seem to be. We look so much on the outside, and not on the inside -- and, unfortunately, throughout much of my life, I would have to include myself in that assertion. Gifts from God should not be wasted...Susan certainly took the bushel off of her light! And as one of the judges remarked, we were sent a wake up call. Way to go Susan Boyle! Check it out.

Susan Boyle- gifts can't always be seen

Wow!

 

4/14/09

The Bible on Audiobook (requires iTunes) -- from Apple
Our collection of audio Bibles features classics such as James Earl Jones' reading of The New Testament, recent celebrity-read recordings, The Bible Experience and The Word of Promise, a free download of The Easter Story, and more.

The Bible on Audiobook


3/30/09

Related posting
Special YouTube Ads Earn Nonprofit $10,000 In A Single Day -- from TechCrunch.com, by Jason Kincaid


3/23/09

Babel Fish

From DSC:
Interesting that I should see this piece from Robin Good's How To Automatically Translate A Full Web Site In Multiple Languages: Best Web Site Translation Tools

Why? Because I've been reflecting a bit upon what is occurring with humankind and the Internet (I know...two rather defined subjects, heh?). Don't get me wrong; if you have been following my thoughts for a while, you know I am normally pro-technology.

However there seems to be a desire in humankind to control everything...to be the ultimate creator...to play God. I suppose that we all do this at times (no matter what our belief system), but it seems to me that the Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-8 TNIV is being rebuilt:

    1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
    3 They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
    5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that they were building. 6 The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
    8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.

Why did the LORD do this? Was He protecting us from our pride? From ourselves? I believe the LORD has gifted us greatly...but not enough to be in control of our own "universe". We lack the wisdom and collectively speaking, we don't have the heart:

  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3:
    "This remarkably researched and highly entertaining book is a must-read for all who take the ubiquitous nature of the Internet in our everyday lives for granted. The future of the internet is NOT a positive one, unless we all work collaboratively to ensure its lasting success. Zittrain's analysis is first-class and should be widely heeded by leaders from all sectors of society." --Dr. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman and Founder of the World Economic Forum (Dr. Klaus Schwab 20080701).

... these a but a small handful of examples of why I'm doubtful of humanity's ability to control such power.


3/13/09

Pew Report from data collected in 2007 -- on Religion in the US


3/12/09

GodTube is Born Again as MySpace-Like Tangle -- from Mashable! by Jennifer Van Grove
Once just a popular YouTube-clone for religious types, GodTube, which had been hinting at changing their name and purpose, has now been baptized and born again as Tangle, a full blown social network with member and artist profiles, applications, photo sharing, and their claim to fame — videos. Tangle has been around for some time in beta, already boasting 550,000 registered members, with the official launch date being today. It’s still definitely a religious network, but the keyword is now “safe,” as Tangle focuses on providing members with a safe environment for connecting, contributing, and sharing family-friendly content.

Tangle


3/9/09


Biblos.com
-- my thanks for Daniel Laninga in the T&L Digital Studio for this link
"This is a huge database of religion tools. Atlases, Bibles, and Commentaries are just the start here. It is available in many different languages as well. This is a very useful tool for anyone researching or writing on paper using religious sources."


2/18/09

"If the credit crisis makes anything clear, it shows we need to strengthen the moral anchors of our economy," Balkenende wrote in an article discussing what Calvin could teach us today. "At its core this is also a moral crisis, caused by greed, money-mindedness and egoistic trading."

-- from Reuters article accessible below, my thanks to Andy De Jong for this information

Moral rebound finds Dutch exploring Calvin


2/13/09

Worldwide Classroom - Calvin

2/11/09

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2/10/09

Podcast: Christianity -- from from iGeneration
Exegesis:
I am completely satisfied with my audio program in that aside from quoting three verses from the Bible, the whole podcast show was solely based on my own idea: what is being discussed is my own testimony as well as my fellow Christians’ testimonies. It is very original.

My audio program was targeted at both Christians and non-Christians: Christians to remind them of the greatness of God, non-Christians to give a succinct and concise introduction on Christianity. The purpose for creating this audio program was so all will come to realize that Christianity is not merely a religion; it is the sole truth behind our very existence. To achieve this goal, I intentionally did not apply any background music, nor did I apply any special audio effects provided by audacity. I wanted to keep the audio program as simple as possible so that the audience can focus on the precious message itself conveyed in the audio program. Through the process, I shared my own testimony of how I came to know Christ. As a Christian, I was always encouraged to share my testimony, but in fact, this was my first time to actually do so. In addition, my brothers and sisters in Christ were kind enough to record testimonies on how they found their identity as a Christian; I interpolated the testimonies into my audio program which consisted mainly of my own testimony as well as the key verses from the Bible: the very precious Words of God.

I believe this audio program successfully reflected the ideas of participatory culture, which as the word implies, refers to any kind of citizen active involvement in the production of culture, to put it in my own words. My audio program intended to get the audience involved in that if they wanted to know more about Christ or had any questions regarding Christianity, they could contact me personally, which I mentioned in detail within the audio program. If I had the opportunity to continue this audio program, making it a regular weekly program, I would have even mentioned such things as that the audience can get even more actively involved by contacting me to give testimony in the next episode of my audio program. Perhaps, each week, different topics for the interview can be arranged; the host and the audience together can create a podcast show that inspires all of us to be passionate about Christianity.


1/28/09

AcademicEarth.org -- my thanks to Daniel Laninga, in the T&L Digital Studio, for this link

AcademicEarth.org

Subjects

From DSC:
My purpose in posting this is not to tick anyone off. Instead, I want to raise a red flag and say,
"This is where it is going. The question is, how do we want to respond to this?"

 

1/27/09

Institutional vs. Organic -- from Education Innovation by Robert Jacobs

Organic Church:
“An organic church is one that is naturally produced when a group of people have encountered Jesus Christ in reality (external ecclesiastical props being unnecessary), and the DNA of the church is free to work without hindrance.”

A similar definition might be used to describe learning.

Learning is naturally produced when a learner encounters something or someone he or she want to learn about. I call this the Open Model of Education, and it can happen anywhere, anytime, and does not require a school building. Maybe I should call it organic learning.

From DSC:
Not that I agree with everything said here, but it does make one think....


1/21/09

GodTube's Prayer Wall

God Tube's Prayer Wall


Top 100 Open Courseware courses
-- Everything is Miscellaneous
A site called Christian Colleges has posted a list of top 100 open courseware courses in theology and philosophy. Open courseware, of course, are real world courses recorded for distribution over the Net. MIT has blazed this path, and this particular Top 100 list is dominated by courses from that school, with Notre Dame showing heavily as well. The Online Education Database has its own, more generic, Top 100 list.

ChristianColleges

Section on Christianity includes:

  1. Catholic Theology: Learn all about Catholic theology by reading this collection of texts and resources. [Religion-Online.org]

  2. New Testament: Discover the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as more contemporary viewpoints of the New Testament. [Religion-Online.org]

  3. After Colombus: Discover how Colombus’ expedition brought Christianity to the New World and challenged ideas about identity and spirituality. [MIT]

  4. Introduction to the Old Testament: In this course, you’ll learn different methods of interpreting, critiquing and understanding the Old Testament. [Yale]

  5. Wesley: Discover John Wesley’s school of theology and learn about his own experiences here. [Religion-Online.org]

  6. Arthurian Literature and Celtic Colonization: Here you will learn how the Catholic Church and early British Imperialism swayed culture, identity and history. [MIT]

  7. Christian Ethics: Read resources that uncover the intentions, history and dynamics of Christian ethics and principles. [Religion-Online.org]

1/19/09

Attention 102: Attention Is A Market Place -- from Education Innovation by Robert Jacobs
If you are a teacher or a pastor, ATTENTION matters to you. Or at least it should. Take a look at Berkley professor Howard Rheingold's piece on attention.


1/14/09

Nova Southeastern U Tops Online College Rankings -- from CampuisTechnology.com, by Dian Schaffhauser
Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL took the top spot in a ranking of online colleges and degree programs by the Online Education Database. The OEDb Online College Rankings 2009 evaluates and ranks 44 undergraduate colleges and universities that offer most or all of their degree programs online. Nova Southeastern has both traditional classrooms and a distance education degree program.

Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA; Champlain College in Burlington, VT; Upper Iowa University in Fayette; and LeTourneau University in Longview, TX were ranked second through fifth, respectively. All five institutions provide on-campus and online education programs.

Regent University - Number 2 in the online rankings.

Example banner from one of Regent University's online courses.

And the world is becoming a smaller place:

globalpost


1/12/09

Who would Jesus smack down? -- an article about Mark Driscoll.

 

12/20/08

Using the “Bible” as the Ultimate Electronic Textbook Template -- from A Piece of My Mind, by Scott Floyd -- which links to youversion.com:

YouVersion

From DSC: I can hear some of you saying, "This Dan guy is crazy...he's off his rocker..he's carrying this online stuff waaaaaay too far." But why can't believers use the Internet & its potent communication technologies to discuss matters, share information, build community, and develop relationships all over the world? Why should the church be left out of this? Wasn't there something about a Great Commission in the Word? You may think this is crazy, but instead, I have it that it's crazy to leave this incredibly powerful source of information, influence and relationship to the typical worldly ways of doing things.

A World Enslaved – link from Miguel Guhlin, by E. Benjamin Skinner
There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history. True abolition will elude us until we admit the massive scope of the problem, attack it in all its forms, and empower slaves to help free themselves.

From DSC: Though we hear things about slave trades from time to time, this is a horrific situation! We here in the United States often think that this is behind us...having experienced abolition a ways back. But slave trades are definitely occurring -- and in various forms -- what can/should we do about it?

 


11/12/08

Google Earth: Ancient Rome

Google Earth & Ancient Rome

11/11/08

Professors collect big bucks for online classes -- from the Des Moines Register, by Erin Jordan; original link from eCampusNews.com

Online learning

11/10/08

From JImPhoto by Jim Downie

Photo by Jim Downie

11/6/08

THEOPEDIA.com -- from Daniel Laninga in the T&L Digital Studio
This is another wiki site, but one that is focused on theology. I think that this could be helpful, especially for the Religion Department, as it provides many different facts.

Theopedia.com

 

10/31/08

Archeologist finds 3,000-year old Hebrew text -- from CNN.com; also see Dead Sea Scrolls


10/27/08

Mankind is no island -- link from Education Innovation blog
This is powerful.

As you did to the least of these...

It makes me reflect on a variety of quotes:

  • Several from Jesus in Matthew 25
  • One from Pastor David Handley at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, who said, "Everyone has a story to tell."
  • The last quote I thought about, strangely enough, was a statement I overheard years ago on the TV -- "None of us are but 1-2 steps away from being homeless". How true that is when you stop to think about it.

We truly are in this boat together.


10/25/08

The Best Websites To Learn About Various Religions (& English) -- from Larry Ferlazzo


10/22/08

The Financial Crisis -- from NigelPain.com:

I have been banging on about the fact that this is not only a financial crisis but a moral and ethical one as well and today in the New York Times my words resonate. Margaret Atwood has written a short, brilliant think piece which I know you will enjoy. She says:

To heal our wounds, we must repair the broken moral balance that let this chaos loose.

Also see Margaret's article, entitled "A Matter of Life and Debt"


10/16/08

Exploring the Biblical World Through Google Earth -- from Wes Fryer

Google Earth (http://earth.google.com) is a free software program providing opportunities to explore our world via an interactive, 3D environment. In this class we will explore the Holy Land with Google Earth, discussing ways we can utilize this powerful, virtual environment to better understand the historical and contemporary context of the Bible and the life of Jesus.

10/13/08

Information for church website builders

What are some resources our church can use to develop websites?

If you want to set up a web log ("blog") only:

Some examples of nice design:

10/8/08

The Melheimian Sabbatiblog -- from Pastor Rich Melheim
A great example of a faith-based organization using technology

Melheimian Sabbatiblog

Pastor Rich includes a great link to
the movie trailer for Expelled / No Intelligence Allowed

(Ben Stein's new movie)

 

9/25/08

Teaching religion through role-playing games -- from Liberal Education Today, by Bryan Alexander
Teaching religious differences to millenial students through role-playing games is the focus of a new scholarly article. Illinois College professor Adam Porter argues that

role-playing games capitalize on our students' educational expectations and fondness for game-play, by drawing them into exploring significant texts and ideas. Of particular interest for religion and theology professors, these sorts of games also encourage empathy towards other viewpoints.

-- from Teaching Theology & Religion, Volume 11 Issue 4 (October 2008)

Teaching Theology & Religion

9/22/08
Item mentioned in the College Issue from The New York Times, by Virginia Heffernan

The Camera-Friendly, Perfectly Pixelated, Easily Downloadable Celebrity Academic

  • Christine Hayes, Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), Yale (Video)

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
An international association of Christ-centered colleges and universities. The CCCU site contains resources for faculty, administrators and students.

Calvin College's Religion Department

Intentionally Christian Scholarship -- CCCS

Guides for Finding Religion and Theology Resources -- from Calvin College's Hekman Library

Minds in the Making -- from Calvin College

Dead Sea Scrolls