Jesus’ World

A short essay I wrote for an undergraduate class called “Jesus the Jew” about a year ago.   Understanding who Jesus was is dependent on understanding the social context he was born into. What were the problems the Jewish people faced? What was the religious composition of the country? Was Jesus unique? Or were thereContinue reading “Jesus’ World”

National Night Out (Against Crime) 2011

Well, it happened yesterday so this isn’t so much a post about looking forward to observing it as it is about, “Oh look. Llamas and donkeys. Why are those in Campos Plaza?” This immediately reminded me of a joke I heard about Singaporeans.  A teacher (in Singapore, with Singaporean students) asks her young students (think,Continue reading “National Night Out (Against Crime) 2011”

My First FarmVille Card

Oh yes, I’m serious.  I didn’t buy this.  It was given to me as a gift.  I did certainly use it though. You see, I’m in Georgia right now visiting relatives and I’m staying at my aunt’s house.  My mother, aunt and aunt’s mother are all FarmVille addicts.  After a few nights of laying aroundContinue reading “My First FarmVille Card”

Typical Treatment of Family Members Returning From Overseas

I’m sure not every American’s experience is the same, but when I go home to visit family, events usually play out in pretty much the same fashion.  I’m sure most people would recognize this as their typical experience as well.  You call ahead to let them know you’re coming home.  When you arrive, you canContinue reading “Typical Treatment of Family Members Returning From Overseas”

My Fish Tanks Are Empty and my Pet Is Abandoned

Like many people, I managed to get hooked into some games on Facebook.  You know the kind.  Cheesy flash games that mostly have no point, purpose, or conclusion.  Their goal is to get you to play as many hours as possible, and eventually to get you to spend real money on the game.  Or inContinue reading “My Fish Tanks Are Empty and my Pet Is Abandoned”