Monthly Archives: August 2015

A Poor Use of Good Hyssop

There is a very helpful biblical resource called a “harmony of the gospels.” The idea is that the accounts given by the different gospels can be “harmonized.” It is clear, in fact, that the gospel accounts are not always harmonious. … Continue reading

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Deathbed Confessions

I want to think about “deathbed confessions” today. I am going to imagine for today’s purposes that they are fraudulent. The reasons for starting there will become clearer as we go. In order to use that frame of reference with … Continue reading

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Conflict in the Second Temple Period

I’ve been listening to some lectures by Professor Isaiah Gafney [1] and I got to a place this morning that raises a broader question for me. Gafney offers a historical perspective on the early years of the Second Temple period … Continue reading

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Victim Blaming and Claire McCaskill

This is going to look like a reflection about dress codes. It isn’t really. Or, on the other side, about sexual harassment. It isn’t that either. It is an extended plea for an understanding of communication as communication actually happens. … Continue reading

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Proud of Who I Am

This could provoke a fevered search for “true identity,: I suppose. That’s not what I have in mind. I am thinking of being proud of “who I am—today” as opposed to “who I was—yesterday.” To make this work right, we … Continue reading

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Giving One To the Team

I want to provide a rationale for paying some attention to how one looks to others. I will want to say there there are some contexts where looking “better” [to be defined soon] is a service people can provide to … Continue reading

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It’s Even Worse Than It Looks

“We know the Republicans are evil! We’ve known it for years.” That line was not a slip of the tongue, nor was it fortuitously overheard by a passing graduate student. It was a frequently-used assessment by one of the professors … Continue reading

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