Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Recommended Movies for Thanksgiving Weekend

I was asked twice yesterday for any movie recommendations for the weekend, so I thought I would promote some of my currently released favorite movies for people to watch that you can probably catch in theaters this weekend. I've seen most of them, so I will rank them from my favorite to least favorite. My current list comes from three theaters in my area, so maybe all of these are not yet available in your area. I should note, even the lowest ranked movies I liked and not necessarily hated, they just happen to be liked less than the others. The ones I have yet to see I will probably watch this week; these I will list at the end and won't include them in my ranking. In numerical order my favorites are:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thoughts About Mister Rogers

A little over five years ago I moved into the apartment building I still currently reside in. The previous place I lived in had a roof problem and I was forced to move out in order to have the issue fixed, so when I had to find a new place I was not prepared to move. Because it's expensive to live in Boston, I tried in vain to look for a new place that was affordable near the city. Finally, my dad informed me that a friend of his owned an apartment building just down the street from where I was living, and he was willing to give me an apartment at a set price for a cheaper price than the average of the area. His only request was that I light a candle for him when I go to church, unbeknownst to me that he was soon about to die. His son took ownership of the apartment building and has always honored the agreement I made with his father. But there was a problem - my neighbors.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

My Most Embarrassing Academic Moment

Prof. Francois Bovon

With it being the feast of the Apostle Philip, I was reminded today of perhaps my most embarrassing academic moment that still makes me cringe when I think about it. In 2005 I took a class at Harvard Divinity School on the New Testament Apocrypha with probably the foremost expert on the subject in the world, the late Professor Francois Bovon (+ 2013). It was one of my favorite classes I ever took as a graduate student, mainly because I knew he was such an expert on the subject, who had done the field work and made huge discoveries. The reason I was reminded of him today was because he discovered the most complete text of the Acts of Philip with Bertrand Bouvier in the library of Xenophontos Monastery on Mount Athos in 1974.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Thoughts of the Week (2)

It's been a month since I last wrote my Thoughts of the Week, and now I have about four weeks worth of Thoughts of the Week to write. Part of the reason why is because for about two weeks I was trying to get settled with buying a new computer after my old computer began dying on me shortly after a power outage in my area. Thanks to a few generous donations, for which I am very grateful, I was able to get a new computer, but I also had a few financial setbacks that forced me to concentrate more on working to make some extra money. Not wanting more time to go by, I decided to start once again my Thoughts of the Week before I have five weeks of Thoughts of the Week to write about.