Friday, June 25, 2010

Found: 4th-Century images of Apostles John and Andrew

Archaeologists have found stunningly clear portraits of the apostles John and Andrew in a catacomb under an Italian street. According to the article from the Guardian, the catacomb "is accessed through the unmarked basement door of a drab office building, beyond which dim corridors packed with burial spots wind off through damp tufa stone."

Manute Bol, "fool for Christ"

Here's a nice tribute to the late Manute Bol, former NBA player, Christian, and humanitarian, by Jon Shields of the Wall Street Journal. Shields says of Bol:

Bol's life and death throws into sharp relief the trivialized manner in which sports journalists employ the concept of redemption. In the world of sports media players are redeemed when they overcome some prior "humiliation" by playing well. Redemption then is deeply connected to personal gain and celebrity. It leads to fatter contracts, shoe endorsements, and adoring women.

Yet as Bol reminds us, the Christian understanding of redemption has always involved lowering and humbling oneself. It leads to suffering and even death.

It is of little surprise, then, that the sort of radical Christianity exemplified by Bol is rarely understood by sports journalists. For all its interest in the intimate details of players' lives, the media has long been tone deaf to the way devout Christianity profoundly shapes some of them.