📺 Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature RLST 152 – Lecture 8: The Gospel of Thomas | Open Yale Courses

Watched Lecture 8: The Gospel of Thomas by Dale B. Martin from RLST 152: Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature

We have known of the existence of the Gospel of Thomas from ancient writers, but it was only after the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Codices that the actual text became available. The Gospel of Thomas is basically a collection of sayings, or logia, that sometimes seem similar, perhaps more primitive than sayings found in the canonical Gospels. Sometimes, however, the sayings seem better explained as reflecting a “Gnostic” understanding of the world. This involves a rejection of the material world and a desire for gnosis, a secret knowledge, in order to escape the world and return to the divine being.

The best part here is the background material on the gnostics and the general tenor of the movement which, once consumed, gives much more insight into the writings in the Gospel of Thomas. The idea of multiple types of Christianities is intriguing. Though we have a few today, they’re not as obviously different as earlier incarnations in the first several centuries in the common era.

I just heard a snippet of a radio show recently in which the interview guest would be talking about practicing multiple faiths simultaneously could be interesting and fruitful. Obviously this is not a new ideas…

📺 “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Norah O’Donnell/John Dickerson/Gayle King/Bianna Golodryga/Spike Lee | CBS

Watched "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Norah O'Donnell/John Dickerson/Gayle King/Bianna Golodryga/Spike Lee from CBS
With Stephen Colbert, Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson, Gayle King. Journalists Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson, Gayle King, and Bianna Golodryga (CBS This Morning (1992)); filmmaker Spike Lee;

The CBS Morning Show segment was nice, but far too short in this format to accomplish as much as I’d have liked to have seen.

The Spike Lee segment was intriguing for the breadth of topics covered and particularly because very little of it was focused on the film he’s promoting. I’d have rather seen a more in depth interview here.

📺 "Modern Family" Blasts from the Past | ABC

Watched "Modern Family" Blasts from the Past from ABC
Directed by Fred Savage. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. Phil and Claire postpone their planned cycling tour through Italy when Dylan's hippy mother comes to meet them; Mitch's old issue of Playgirl magazine makes Cam jealous; Gloria and Manny investigate the legend of Jay's heroic great uncle.

📺 "Modern Family" Did the Chicken Cross the Road? | ABC

Watched "Modern Family" Did the Chicken Cross the Road? from ABC
Directed by Eric Dean Seaton. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. Alex has an interview for a job and Luke helps her vanquish her fears. Phil believes that he was a Russian Spy in High School. Haley learns unexpected news while Cameron adopts a chicken. Jay and Gloria disagree over Joe's education.

📺 "Modern Family" On the Same Paige | ABC

Watched "Modern Family" On the Same Paige from ABC
Directed by Ryan Case. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. Phil learns that his real estate class will be cancelled if any additional students drop it. So, he turns on his powers of charm and flattery to keep one particular student, Paige, from leaving while Luke asks her out by inviting her over to dinner. Meanwhile, Jay may unknowingly be flirting with the mother of Joe's classmate and tries to set boundaries

📺 “The Americans” Yousaf | Amazon Prime

Watched "The Americans" Yousaf from Amazon Prime
Directed by Stefan Schwartz. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner. A new mission with international stakes has Philip calling on Annelise for assistance just as an old foe returns to D.C. with a vendetta. Stan makes a discovery that could put the FBI hot on the trail of illegals.

Catching back up on where I left off to start to finish off the series after being away for several months…

📺 “The Americans” Martial Eagle | Amazon Prime

Watched "The Americans" Martial Eagle from Amazon Prime
Directed by Alik Sakharov. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner. Philip and Elizabeth's long-planned mission turns ugly, impacting each of them in different ways. Stan digs in deeper at work as his personal life continues to unravel.

📺 Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature RLST 152 – Lecture 7 – The Gospel of Matthew | Open Yale Courses

Watched Lecture 7 - The Gospel of Matthew by Dale B. Martin from RLST 152: Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature

The Gospel of Matthew contains some of the most famous passages that both Christians and non-Christians are familiar with. However, Matthew also presents itself paradoxically as preaching a Torah observant Christianity and a Christian mission that seeks to reach gentiles. The figure of Jesus in Matthew is that of a teacher, the founder of the Church, and the model for the apostles and Matthew’s own community. Matthew seems to be writing for a church community that needs encouragement to have faith in a time of trouble.

Lecture Chapters

  1. Matthew: The Most Famous Gospel [00:00:00]
  2. Jesus and the Torah in Matthew [00:12:29]
  3. The Foundations of the Church in Matthew [00:22:08]
  4. Jesus as a Model for the Disciples [00:27:51]
  5. The Stilling of the Storm in Matthew [00:35:44]

📺 Super Bowl LIII (2019) | CBS

Watched Super Bowl LIII (2019) from CBS
Directed by Mike Arnold. With Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Sean McVay, Tony Romo. The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams compete to determine the championship of the National Football League.

Watched this at Kerry and Spencer’s house at a relatively loud and large party. Only watched portions throughout the evening and without sound and only subtitles.

Finished watching the final quarter at home after leaving in the 3rd quarter some time.

I’ll admit that I’ve been following the Patriots for so long now that I really don’t have much buy in on the recently transplanted LA Rams. I have seen a lot of people with brand new Rams shirts and hats in the last few weeks.

📺 "Kids Baking Championship" I Lava Volcano | Food Network

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With Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli, Cole Frederickson, Jason Intravartolo. Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman have the 11 remaining kid bakers create volcano bundt cakes and edible boulders.

📺 "The Alienist" Castle in the Sky | TNT

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Directed by Jamie Payne. With Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Brian Geraghty, Robert Wisdom. Kreizler confronts the demons of his past. Moore tell Sarah the truth. Conner takes matters into his own hands. The team closes in on the killer as time is running out.

📺 "Madam Secretary" Proxy War | CBS

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Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. An American-Made cluster bomb leaves innocent Syrian children dead, leaving Elizabeth to figure out what went wrong. Russell argues with a homeless protester leaving him with a PR disaster to deal with.

📺 "Blue Bloods" Ripple Effect | CBS

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Directed by Ralph Hemecker. With Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes. A medium claims to know what happened to a woman who was found dead of an apparent suicide; Jamie and Eddie help a woman who bought cheap insulin online that nearly killed her son; Frank goes after a man he thinks is laundering money from a charity.

📺 Washington Week: A war of words over intelligence and a budget battle, round two | PBS

Watched Washington Week: A war of words over intelligence and a budget battle, round two from PBS
President Trump downplays disagreements over intelligence.