In a fabulous one-minute rant, Stan Lee explains why Superman annoys him.
A doctoral student at the University of Minnesota crunched the numbers and put together this great little chart showing how long PhD dissertations are in various fields.
Two things. First, Bible and theology dissertations would almost certainly be near the top of the chart if they were included. Second, if student ever hands me a 500-page dissertation, I’m handing it back. And third, this is one of the most impressive examples of productive procrastination I’ve ever seen. The student putting this together openly admitted that this was done almost entirely to avoid working on their dissertation. And it looks like the mission was accomplished. Nicely done.
I am, of course, modeling productive procrastination myself by blogging about productive procrastination when I’m supposed to be working on my book.
Read the whole post if you’d like to hear more about how the data was gathered and compiled.
Recently I’ve been doing my morning devotionals from Mike Bird’s new Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction. I know I’m supposed to be reading the Bible, but it gets confusing at times. And Bird’s book has more jokes.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Bird’s goal is to present a truly gospel-centered systematic theology. So it should come as no surprise that he thinks it rather important for a theologian to define the gospel as a central part of the theological endeavor. Although you’d think this would be a fairly obvious thing to include in a systematic theology, it’s actually somewhat rare. So kudos to Bird for not only using the word “gospel” a lot, but taking the time to explain what it means and how it should shape an evangelical approach to theology.
Here are the six key things that Bird thinks are essential for understanding the gospel (pp. 47-52). And it’s in sections like this that Bird’s strengths as a biblical theologian really come to the forefront.
We’re rapidly approaching one of those times in the school year where it’s easy to fall behind. (Or, for many of us, fall further behind.) With syllabus deadlines rapidly approaching and the demands of your non-academic life refusing to go away, it’s easy to decide that maybe you’ll just hand a few things in late. What difference could a few late assignments really make?
So you do the math. The syllabus probably says something about losing points for turning things in late. So you try to figure out how a little academic tardiness might impact your final grade. If your grade can handle it, why not hand that paper in a little late?
Grade impact should certainly be part of the equation when you’re faced with this situation. But it’s not the only one. I’d like to suggest a couple of other reasons to think twice before handing that assignment in late, reasons that may not immediately come to mind when you’re trying to decide if seeing Catching Fire on opening night is worth a little academic slippage.
I am not sure how I missed this when it came out a few years ago. But in case there’s anyone like me who hasn’t seen this yet, I thought I’d pass it along. It’s a powerful reflection on what happens when we lock ourselves into a single perspective, forgetting that there’s more than one way to tell a story.
And if you’ve seen this before, it’s worth watching again.
Star Wars fans everywhere got a treat last week when a Star Wars blooper reel hit the internet (see below). But not content with just a random collection of bloopers, someone has now transformed that blooper reel into a fantastic Star Wars ”trailer.”
And here’s the original blooper reel. (The sound doesn’t come on until 0:48. So don’t think there’s anything wrong with your computer when you can’t hear anything.)