Take Me Out to the Ball Game

I grew up in New England and live in New York City, and more than any other sport, we Northeasterners love baseball. And the season has just begun. So I was delighted to see a review essay by Michael Stevens in Books & Culture on two new books on baseball: Several new biographies and autobiographies have recently [Read More…]

Strong Recommendation for a Great Book

A few weeks ago, I blogged on the strong connection between The Dark Knight Rises and Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities. When I saw the movie, I was unaware of this connection. Ironically, I had just begun my second time through the novel. I finished A Tale of Two Cities a few [Read More…]

A Kingdom Perspective on Work

I just finished a thoughtful and challenging book by one of my favorite biblical scholars, Ben Witherington III. A top-notch New Testament scholar, Witherington is also an engaging blogger who, I am pleased to say, is part of the Patheos blogging community (see The Bible and Culture). The actual title of the book I just [Read More…]

The Dark Knight Rises: You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Read the Book!

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” This one of my all-time favorite lines from one of my all-time favorite novels, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. It is [Read More…]