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Why do we call it “Maundy Thursday?”

I wanted to put this up real quick. I'm asked this every year, so I figured it was a topic worth commenting on. This is from Wikipedia:

Maundy (from Latin Mandatum),[1] or Washing of the Feet, is a religious rite observed as an ordinance by several Christian denominations. John 13:1–17 mentions Jesus performing this act. Specifically, in verses 13:14–17, He instructs them, 14 “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” 15 “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” 16 “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.” 17 “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” As such, many denominations observe the washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week[1] Moreover, for some denominations, foot-washing was an example, a pattern. Many groups throughout Church history and many modern denominations have practiced foot washing as a church ordinance.

There ya' go. Latin. Foot washing. Boom.


“We’re wrong for taking the gospels literally”

My theologian friends will no doubt be acquainted with John Dominic Crossan.  He is a theologian and biblical scholar, and spends much time filming documentaries about Jesus and Jesus’ life.  More on him in a bit.

I am currently embroiled in the second to last semester of my seminary career.  I am taking a New Testament class.  We read numerous books and watch numerous clips from documentaries, like I mentioned above.  For our assigned classwork this week, there is a clip from a PBS documentary called From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.  It’s part of a section on the gospel of Matthew.

I wanted to share this with you.  Maybe you have some thoughts on it.  Maybe you will just enjoy it.  However, Dr. Crossan shows up towards the very end and makes a statement I would definitely like to get your feelings on.

Why?  I’m around seminary types very often.  They are my friends and I attend seminary along side of them.  However, as far as hearing the opinion of the faithful in the pew, I don’t get to hear that as much as I would like.

Mr. Crossan says that he believes that the original authors didn’t intend for us to read their work literally.  For this reason, he believes that we are wrong for reading the text literally.  Here’s the whole clip, with the aforementioned opinion happening nearly at the end:

UPDATE: The code I got from the PBS website would not work.  So, please find the clip here.

Before you leave, make sure to leave your opinion below!

Thanks for going to school with me:)

Too Much Gun Control Advocacy, Huh?

This is a graphic used by NAGR – The National Association for Gun Rights. They have been using it for quite some time. Not just in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary – as they seek to preempt proposed gun control measures – but much of the last year. To be clear,

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Bart Gingerich: @MarkDTooley Shows ‘Objectivity’



With one last gasp in 2012, Bart Gingerich – of The Institute for Religion & Democracyshares the books he thinks top various types of lists for 2012.  The list of controversial books he names included books by Mike Slaughter and Rachael Held Evans.  The list of “books worth reading” included the book written by Mark Tooley – who just happens to be Gingerich’s boss.

If you follow this blog or the IRD at all, you will no doubt see the humor and irony in Gingerich’s quote about Tooley’s book:

Another example of perfect objectivity, we’ve nominated our own president’s historical analysis of Methodism’s intersection in the political sphere from McKinley to George W. Bush.

In case you missed it, Gingerich expects his readers to believe that Mark Tooley shows perfect objectivity.  This is the same Mark Tooley that has said that Christmas commercialization is a good thing, using capitalism as the supporting argument – conveniently leaving out the plight of the Chinese worker in the run-up to the holiday.  Bart Gingerich is a poor cultural analyst.  The proof is in equating anything that Tooley says with “perfect objectivity.”

Another hit to the credibility of this organization.

Moral Pipsqueak: Kevin Pavlischek Continues Screed Against ‘Evangelical Left’

  If you follow my blog, you know that I often take issue with the IRD.   Those who follow the United Methodist-affiliated Institute on Religion & Democracy know that one of their writers – Kevin Pavlischek – has had an insatiable appetite to assail the “Religious Left” for any and everything he can. His latest

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UPDATE: Perkins’ FRC Stands “With Kirk” Cameron as “Monumental” Approaches

The Family Research Council–headed by Tony Perkins–has begun a campaign for their supporters on Facebook to show solidarity with Mike Seaver on Monumental. The idea is that you “like” and “share” this (the photo above) through your Facebook account.  As of 1:13pm, there were 85 people who had commented on the photo and nearly 1,500 who have

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Your Life, and the Lives of Everyone You Love, May Depend On You Watching “Monumental!”

Mike Seaver is worried about his future and the futures of his children. Hello!  I am going to be sharing with you everything I can possibly find on the movie Monumental–out in theaters March 27th.  This is one of the trailers.  If it doesn’t scare you, then the editors of this trailer failed.

Where Is The Monument From “Monumental?”

Alright. I have conducted an extensive Google search for the monument that is the subject of the upcoming Kirk Cameron movie Monumental. So far, I don’t think I have found anything. There are sites for monuments in Mass. (where I know it is located), but I don’t think any of the information I’ve found is

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“Notes” Has Arrived: IRD Calls Me a “Blogger”

Above, you will see a screenshot from the website of The Institute on Religion & Democracy.  If you look towards the bottom, right-hand corner, you will see a post with today’s date on it.  The blogger they identify is me.  Thanks for the shout-out, guys! My blog’s most popular post, before today, received 41 views.  As

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Conversations with Cleverbot: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Here is the brief conversation I had with Cleverbot over the issue of Penal Substitutionary Atonement (I am writing under the name “User”): User: What is penal substutionary atonement? Cleverbot: It’s a stone isn’t it. User: No, it’s the theory that Jesus had to die on the cross as punishment for our sins–forgiving us in

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