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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us. herculogical@verizon.net
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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Excellent blog post on Jerry Walls' evolving ideas on hell. This interview is from Rachel Held Evans' website. Here is Evans' interview with Edward Fudge. And Evans interview with universalist Robin Parry. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Wired review of the Como Audio Solo Internet Radio says it's good but not great. At $300, this radio is produced by the former Tivoli people. Not surprising when you compare the styling cues to some Tivoli models. Related articles... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herculodge
I’ve been reading authors with Christian universal sympathies such as Gregory MacDonald (The Evangelical Universalist), Sharon Baker (Razing Hell), Bradley Jersak (Her Gates Will Never Be Shut), and Peter Enns (in The Bible Tells Me So he doesn’t argue for universalism but he does include Baker’s Razing Hell in his... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Final Essay Is Worth 200 Points and Is Due December 14th. Final Essay Requires 3 sources, one from the El Camino College library database. Writing Option #1 for Final: In the "Trump Vs. Hitler" essay by Nathan Stoltzfus, we are presented with the question if there is a legitimate moral... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Critical Thinker
Jeff Cook writes about their hell evolution in Patheos. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Frankl’s Central Argument in 3 Sentences One. No matter the circumstances, we all have the free will and therefore the responsibility to choose a dignified, meaningful life in the face of even the worst suffering. Two. Failure to create a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Why I Replaced the Viewing of A Serious Man with Groundhog Day One. Much of A Serious Man parallels Job, a text that is very difficult for even Job experts. Two. Much of A Serious Man remains inscrutable, enigmatic, and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Peter Enns is a very appealing writer evidenced in his The Bible Tells Me So. He argues that the Bible should not be used as a literal "instruction manual but as a model for our spiritual journey," a very liberal take on Christianity. Enns states three major reasons for his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Some Christians would say God is both retributive and restorative, depending on the person, the situation, and the circumstances. But for Bradley Jersak, Sharon Baker, and others, the two faces of God don’t mix like oil and water. In the final part of Jersak’s book, he explores the meaning of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Why I Replaced the Viewing of A Serious Man with Groundhog Day One. Much of A Serious Man parallels Job, a text that is very difficult for even Job experts. Two. Much of A Serious Man remains inscrutable, enigmatic, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Breakthrough Writer
For Bradley Jersak, God is either a lowly king whose lowering himself exalts himself or he is a lofty king of raw power, not deserving of worship. God must be one or the other, not both, as many orthodox Christians believe. For Jersak, the Cross is “God in Christ reconciling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Essay based on Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" Writing Option #5 for Final: Support, refute, or complicate Ta-Nahisi Coates' argument in "The Case for Reparations" that America is morally compelled to devise an effective reparations program for eligible African-Americans. Resources for Reparations Debate Coates and Bernie Saunders on Reparations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Critical Thinker
Bradley Jersak points out that we have perverse notions of freedom, confusing it will selfish self-will, and self-indulgence. Our perverse notions of freedom make us hell to others and others are hell for us. In contrast, Jersak observes, Christ offers a new kind of freedom that is radically different from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Whenever I think of a shark mesh, I really miss my Seiko SBDL027 on the Strapcode version. I should have never sold it. What a look on the shark.
English 1A I'm going to bring Man's Search for Meaning back in English 1A starting in the summer. It will be the first assignment. That short story you wrote, "Critical Thinking," is too good to pass up. So for summer, you'll have two books: Man's Search for Meaning and Acting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
When we try to resist or rebel against God over and over, I suspect we are, as Jesus told Paul, kicking against the goads, which Bradley Jersak explains means “banging your head against a wall,” the futile, repetitive actions we do over and over expecting a different result and fulfilling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
I assume that type is cheaper perhaps by half. I wonder how that would feel on the wrist. Okay?
John Stott, mentioned in Brad Jersak's book on hell, discusses hell and universalism here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Against Everything, a collection of essays, by Mark Grief. Hamilton by Ron Chernow (sitting on my bedside table, unopened). Writing to Save a Life by John Edgar Wideman. All the Truth Is Out by Matt Bai. The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu. Truevine by Beth Macy Gunslinger by Jeff Pearlman... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
We Can Have Life's 8 Human Needs Without Having Absolute Meaning and Therefore Argue for Frankl Lite: When I ask myself if there is meaning, I begin with fundamental human needs. They aren't the kind of meaning, or ultra-meaning, as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Breakthrough Writer
I sold my Seiko SBDL027 with the shark mesh. It had links, but most don't. Mine was the $140 Strapcode model, which does have links. I won't buy any other type, especially the ones you cut.
Writing Option #9 for Final: Support, refute, or complicate the argument that "the right to a living wage" compels us to increase the minimum wage to a universal level of about $15 per hour (you can set the wage). Read The Atlantic article highlighted above. Variation of Essay Option #9... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Critical Thinker
Writing Option #6 for Final: Defend, refute, or complicate Bloom's assertion in "Against Empathy" that empathy, contrary to popular opinion, is not a virtue in the face of evidence that empathy is a form of "irrational compassion" that can be destructive and inimical to human affairs. Sources: "Empathy: Overrated?" "Why... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Critical Thinker
Seems like a lazy way to form a brand name. And now that you mention it, there is a kid-like Flintstones look about the lume markers.
Stevral is a hybrid of the business partners' names. I don't know if there's a Benrus legal angle. I decided to sell the watch. Like it, but don't love it.