When I was finishing high school and in my first year of college I went through some difficult times. I was melancholy, moody, in short, depressed. In the midst of that a well-meaning friend gave me a book Happiness is a Choice. I still have it on my shelf. The notion offended me. Why would anyone think that I choose to be sad and down? And the idea that we can just “think” our way out […]
[pullquote] John 14:1-1414:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.14:2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.14:4 And […]
The goalkeeper has a thankless position. Sure, occasionally, spectacularly they are the hero, stopping unlikely shots. Zac Macmath has stopped 3 PKs in the last two weeks. But then…. A forward can miss dozens of time, but “at least he is putting it on goal.” In their game this week, Arsenal had 7 shots, 4 on goal, 15 crosses and 9 corners. That is a lot of opportunities missed, 3 shots blocked by the keeper. […]
Dineke Houtman sent me word of this new and intriguing book. It’s Brill so save up your shekelim. A Jewish Targum in a Christian World ISBN: 9789004267817 What is the use of a Targum in a cultural setting where Aramaic is not a common language anymore? And why would Christians be interested in a typically Jewish text in an otherwise anti-Jewish milieu? These and related questions have served as guides for Alberdina Houtman, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman […]
Our son Mack is buried in this beautiful and historic cemetery. Many of the graves go back to the 18th century and is concerned by many to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. (The picture of the “three widows” commemorates that original, impromptu Civil War remembrance.) We chose this cemetery because on one side of it are soccer fields where he would play and on the other is the Military Museum where we would often go to see […]
I am sure many of my readers are familiar with Jesus and Mo. This is a comic by one or more atheists lampooning Jesus/Christianity and Muhammed/Islam. I don’t agree, obviously, with the sentiment of the cartoon, but given the recent discussion I thought it worth saying. And it wouldn’t been “everyone a goat” it would be a whole lotta goats, for each of us.