November 24th, 2012| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


All kinds of strange things happened on Black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving which is ominously named, ostensibly for retailers who go “into the black” after the frenzy of shopping which, incidentally, began this year in the late hours of Thursday.

Here are some of the striking headlines from Friday morning:
Teens in Custody after Woodland Mall Fight (Grand Rapids, MI)
Man Pulls Gun…   Read more →

Naked & Enrobed

November 20th, 2012| Topic: aBeLOG, Mark | 0

Naked <em>&</em> Enrobed

That’s right: Naked & Enrobed!

Yup, that was one of my recent sermons.

Actually, the full title was The Naked Runaway and the Enrobed Reporter!

On one of the most obscure texts of the New Testament.

A young man was following Him,
wearing a linen clothe over [his] nakedness;
and they seized him.
But he abandoned the linen cloth
and fled naked.
Mark 14:51

Well, if you want to know more about this unfortunate gentleman’s wardrobe malfunction, go …   Read more →


November 17th, 2012| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Kuwait is now in the Guinness Book of records.

That’s the place I was born—in دولة الكويت‎ , Dawlat al-Kuwayt (State of Kuwait).

(No, that’s not why it’s in the Guiness book!)

Though I am ethnically Indian, I happened to be born in that country many decades ago, when my father worked for the Kuwait Oil Company. The rest, as they say, is history.

Kuwait gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1961 and, soon thereafter, became a constitutional emirate.…   Read more →


November 10th, 2012| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


The largest Atlantic hurricane on record and the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, Hurricane Sandy, devastated parts of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern coast of the United States.

The Wall Street Journal estimated total losses ranging from $30 to $50 billion. The number of lives lost and families shattered from this big storm continues to climb, with the death toll now at more than 110.

In the US, New York was particularly hard hit: the subways…   Read more →

Pericopal Theology Distinguished

November 9th, 2012| Topic: aBeLOG, Pericopal Theology | 2

Pericopal Theology Distinguished

I have, in previous posts, discussed the entity I label “pericopal theology,” the theology specific to a particular pericope, representing a segment of the plenary world in front of the canonical text that portrays God and his relationship to his people. Pericopal theology is, in my conception, the crucial intermediary in the sermonic move from text to application.

Pericopal theology differs from systematic or biblical theology (at least as they are commonly defined).…   Read more →


November 3rd, 2012| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The other day, there was a strange report from New York City. (Of course, pretty much any report from New York City is strange, at least to those of us here way down south. But this was real strange.)

Apparently you don’t have any idea what you are breathing up there in the Big Apple.

Scientists have made a remarkable discovery. NYC’s air is “a bizarre brew of bacteria, pollen, clothing fiber, fungus, tire rubber, dead skin cells, cooking fat and carbon emissions.”

(I…   Read more →


October 27th, 2012| Topic: RaMbLeS | 6


The other day my father celebrated his 85th birthday.

His older son (my only sibling) and his two grandkids surprised him by flying in to get the festivities going. (My sister-in-law was out of the country.)

Of course, one of the obligatory activities for guests visiting ye olde city of Dallas is the visit to the Cowboys stadium. Opened in 2009, this massive structure seats 80,000 (and another 20,000 for standees) and is one of the largest NFL stadiums. Apparently it is…   Read more →

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