Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I used to be very punctual about turning articles and book manuscripts in on time. Now, not so much. I need to have a very productive week now that all my grades have been turned in. Tomorrow I will be at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's library writing about Ezra, Nehemiah, and the return of exiles in the 6th century BCE. Sounds like fun? No, it won't be fun.

Thursday, December 02, 2010


Being a 44-year-old football fan from Nebraska, there is no sports rivalry that has been bigger in my life than the college football pairing of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Oklahoma Sooners. They have played each other in 85 games and the winner almost always won their conference. Since 1950, these two programs have earned 53 conference titles in the Big 8 and now the Big 12. All other teams in these conferences combined have earned 15. I grew up hating Billy Sims and the wishbone and Boomer Sooners. And Barry Switzer's swagger was polar opposite to Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne's class. I never liked the Big 12, and lately, they and their officials clearly don't like Nebraska. But what a perfect way to end Nebraska's tenure in the conference, with a final staging of the greatest rivalry in college athletics. I can't wait for Saturday night. I hope someone throws an orange on the field for old time's sake.

The Bumble

Yesterday the 1966 Pontiac Catalina that we bought from a lady in Omaha arrived. Therese and I were both born in 1966 in Omaha, so that is very cool. It's white on the outside, light blue on the inside, and thus we call it "Bumble" after the Abominable Snow Monster in Rudolph. Here are some pictures:

Notice the Saints World Champions license plate? Sweet.