Forgiveness and the Knuckleball

  Ever since I was young, I've been fascinated by the knuckleball because throwing it is difficult and hitting it is even more difficult (someone once said "hitting it is like trying to eat soup with a fork").  And since I follow baseball, I was sad when Tim Wakefield recently retired.  Then I learned about… Continue reading Forgiveness and the Knuckleball

Sorrow, Depression, and Christian Hope

I don't remember for certain, but I think I've mentioned this helpful book here before: Richard Winter, The Roots of Sorrow: Reflections on Depression and Hope (Westchester: Crossway Books, 1986).  Although it is a bit dated, I found it to be a very helpful resource on the topics of sorrow, melancholy,  depression, and other similar… Continue reading Sorrow, Depression, and Christian Hope

John’s Gospel, Irony, and First Century Shame/Honor

  Jerome H. Neyrey wrote a nice article in Semeia called "Despising the Shame of the Cross: Honor and Shame in the Johannine Passion Narrative" (#68 [1994] 113-137) (the above image is not the issue in which Neyrey wrote).  In this article, Neyrey discusses what shame and honor meant in the first century (which is… Continue reading John’s Gospel, Irony, and First Century Shame/Honor