Category Archives: Popular Culture

U2 and No Hype

I imagine that many if not all U2 fans have heard about an academic conference devoted to the music and message of the best rock band in the world, i.e., U2. The conference, “U2: The Hype and the Feedback,” is … Continue reading

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Jews and Tattoos

The New York Times has an article on the tattoo trend among Jewish people. The article debunks the notion that if you have a tattoo you may not be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Despite the growing popularity of tattoos … Continue reading

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Exiled Gods in the ANE and the Bible

The “Concept of Exile in Ancient Israel and its Contexts” workshop was held two weeks ago at the University of Alberta. Due to teaching and administrative responsibilities, I wasn’t able to attend much of the workshop, though I was able … Continue reading

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U2 3D… 2COOL!

OK, instead of marking tests tonight I went to go see U2 3D (Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, 2007; IMDb). I know I lamented that U2 3D wasn’t going to show in Edmonton — and it wasn’t. In part because … Continue reading

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Faith and Film Critics Circle: Top Films of 2007

The Faith and Film Critics Circle has posted its film awards for 2007. The list includes many of the same titles from the Oscars and other top film lists, with perhaps one notable exception (Into Great Silence). Here are the … Continue reading

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Father, The Sleeper has Awakened!

Variety just announced today that Peter Berg has been picked as the director for a new theatrical release adaptation of Frank Herbert’s totally awesome classic science-fiction novel Dune for Paramount Pictures. Here’s an excerpt from the Variety story: Herbert’s 1965 … Continue reading

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U2 3D Not Coming to Edmonton… Waaa!

I am sadly disappointed that it doesn’t look like U2 3D (Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, 2007; IMDb) is coming to Edmonton. I guess the fact that Edmonton only has around a million residents makes it too small! Oh, that … Continue reading

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How to Mis-use Hebrew in the Name of Selfish Christianity

One of the dangers of learning a bit of biblical Hebrew (or Greek) is thinking that after a basic introduction (i.e., less than four semesters), you understand the nuances of the language. Many preachers take a little bit of Hebrew … Continue reading

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Does Jesus Make You Laugh?

This video is worth watching. WPvideo 1.10 Download It appears that there is a documentary (mockumentary?) in production that takes on Christian excesses in the USA. Looks like a no-brainer! (HT John McLaughlin) Tags: Christian Kitsch, Humour, Christianity

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On a Simpsons Kick

So, as you may guess from my last post, I’ve been on a Simpsons kick the last little bit. I’ve been eating Frosted KrustyO’s for breakfast the last couple days. The other night I enjoyed a cold can of Buzz … Continue reading

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