Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Unknown Dancing Seminarian

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This "act" was witnessed at a variety show here at the seminary. I will allow the performer to retain his anonymity, thereby avoiding any potential litigation.

Shockingly, the performer then used The Ribbon to garner additional laughs:

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Repost - Greek Exegesis Video

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I created this video for an advanced Greek exegesis class in the gospel of Mark. Please let me know what you think.

Here is my smooth translation of Mark 15:22-39, inspired in part by the video:
(15:22) They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means the Place of the Skull. (23) And they attempted to sedate him with a concoction of wine mixed with myrrh, but he refused it, leaving him fully venerable to both pain and fear. (24) They crucified him, dividing his clothing by throwing a die to determine who would get each piece. (25) They crucified him at the hour of morning prayer, nine a.m. (26) There was an inscription containing the charge against Jesus that read “The King of the Jews.” (27) They crucified two robbers as well, one to the right of Jesus, the other to the left. (29) And the people passing by the scene began to cruelly mock Jesus, shaking their heads around and saying, “Ah ha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, (30) Save yourself and come down from the cross!” (31) The chief priests and scribes were also mocking Jesus among themselves, saying “He saved others, but he cannot save himself. (32) Hey Messiah! King of Israel! Come down now from the cross so that we can see and believe your royal majesty!” The robbers on either side of Jesus made also mocked him. (33) When it was time for midday prayer, darkness like a shadow came over the land and remained until the afternoon prayer. (34) At three o’clock, Jesus cried out this prayer of lament with a loud voice, “Eloi! Eloi! Lema sabachtani!” Meaning, “My God! My God! Why have you abandoned me?” (35) Those standing near heard the lament and, mistaking his words as a call to Elijah, said, “Look! He calls Elijah.” (36) A certain person ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink saying, “Hold on. Let’s see if Elijah comes to rescue him.” (37) And Jesus, after giving a loud cry, with a large sigh expelled his last breath and died. (38) The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (39) The centurion standing opposite of Jesus, when he saw how Jesus expelled his last breath and died, said, “Truly, this man was God’s Son.”

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Faux Pax


The same thing happened to a former work collegue. I made her pay by featuring the mistake in a PowerPoint slide show. It was all good fun.

Talking with Children

From OpinionJournal's De Gustibus column by Brian Carney:
"Do we have nucular bombs?" he asked, meaning America. Yes, more than 1,000 of them, I told him.

"Why do we have them?"
Read the whole thing.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sunday Evening Recommended Reads

Mark Steyn: "Here's the lesson of the past three years: The UN kills."

Frederica Mathewes-Green opines about the persistent admiration of Jesus and the upcoming 5/19/2006 release of The Da Vinci Code:
When the DaVinci Code hoopla is all said and done, it will still be Jesus that we’re talking about. It’s Jesus whose face on the cover sells a million magazines, whose name instills widespread awe. Even people despise Christians paradoxically admire their Lord. In discussions of religion nearly everything is up for grabs, yet on this one point there’s widespread agreement. Why do people instinctively admire Jesus?
Hugh Hewitt is noticeably contrarian when it comes to GOP prospects this November:
Suddenly, the debate is back where it ought to be, on the war, judges, taxes, spending and also border security. The 12 words have [become] 15:
  • Win the war.
  • Confirm the judges.
  • Cut the taxes.
  • Control the spending.
  • Secure the border.
Democrats stand for the opposite of each proposition.
Shane Raynor writes about the importance of eating together:
Although it often seemed like a drag at the time, I now have fond memories of family meals when I was growing up, especially Sunday lunches. I also remember my mom making me turn off the TV when we had dinner. I thought she was being so old-fashioned then. Now I know why she did it. The truth is, that was the only time we were able to talk some days.
I have fond memories from the family dinner table as well. I can remember the times that my sister and I strategized about making our green beans "disappear."