Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Jesus' Wife Discovered!

For those of you not down with the latest of up-to-date scholarship, I thought I needed to share with you this little tidbit. Karen King, a scholar at Harvard, has announced the discovery of a 3 x 1.5 inch scrap of papyrus, dating from the 4th century and containing the partial line, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’”

So, what does this tiny scrap of paper written hundreds of years after the time of Christ mean to you as a Christian? The media would have you believe that it clearly means that everything the Bible teaches about Jesus is false. So just knock off all that silly Christian stuff right now, m'kay?

Lutheran Satire has more details on this late-breaking story:


Erica said…
We should now declare Christmas "National Bruce Appreciation Day".

Plus it's politically correct.