Biblical Illiteracy Rears Its Head in Phil Robertson Flap

As a teacher of religious studies, one thing that has stuck out to me during the recent Phil Robertson (the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan) controversy is the seeming ignorance regarding the source of several of the quotes attributed to Robertson. This article, for example, purports to compare “some of Pope Francis’ remarks about [...]

Down into the master bedroom. Note the burnt tresses.

Update on our House Fire

This summer was pretty difficult, as we had a minor dishwasher flood that required us to replace our lower-level flooring and led to the discovery of a mold problem in the downstairs half bathroom, requiring new drywall and a new vanity. In the midst of all that, I had two surgeries (ankle reconstruction and abdominal [...]


Guest Lecture on Pauline Ethics (Audio)

I recently (as in the spring of 2012; wow, this post has been in draft for awhile!) gave a guest lecture in Bart Ehrman’s Introduction to New Testament and Early Christian Literature class. Bart periodically has his senior students give a lecture or two for experience in a large lecture setting and had asked me [...]

Brittni Ruiz

What Happens When A Porn Star Finds God: Brittni Ruiz

via This Is What Happens When A Porn Star Finds God. “It was torture for seven years. I was miserable, I was lonely.” She eventually turned to drugs and alcohol, and attempted suicide. “I knew I wanted out, but I didn’t know how to get out.” There are a number of factors that keep porn stars [...]