Darrell Bockhas recommended the following commentaries for the study of the Gospel According to John.
He also notes that the following non-conservative commentary can be useful.
There are ten words in the English language that together comprise 25% of all the words in a typical piece of writing. I have attempted to avoid using them in this question, however, it is a very difficult thing to do and I have not been very successful. Can you guess these frequently used words?
John Steinbeck.The Grapes of Wrath. NY: Viking, 1939. 473 pages.
My grandfather was a socialist.
I am not. However, I cannot be harsh in my judgment of his political leanings. He knew hunger, real hunger. I have not. He had to struggle with the fact that he could not feed his children. I have known my share of difficulties, but so far I have always been able to put nutritious food in front of my children.
I recently read The Grapes of Wrath. It is a classic. There is not much that I can say about it’s literary worthiness, its creative style, or its cultural influence that has not already been said by tens of thousands of other readers.
Nevertheless, I can say that it helped me to better understand my own family. I know that probably sounds a little weird. However, vicariously walking and struggling alongside the Joads in the pages of The Grapes of Wrath helped me to better appreciate the struggles of my own family with hunger, joblessness, loss, and self-image.
So, I can say that The Grapes of Wrath is probably one of the best works of literature I have ever read. And, in so far at it nurtured a greater understanding of, and appreciation for my parents and grandparents, it is one of the most important books I have ever read.
I recommend it, but with a HUGE caveat. The book has much language that I believe to be dishonoring to God. Therefore, reader discretion is advised.
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I received the following prayer request today. Believing that God has privileged us with the opportunity to participate in what he is doing through means of prayer, I pass it along to you:
Please pray for Price Presbaugh, three-year old grandson of Dr. Dan & Joanne Crawford. After being diagnosed last week with type A flu, his fever remained at 104-106, unresponsive to antibiotics. Thursday the digital thermometer registered “H” meaning his fever was higher than 106. He was sent to Cooks Children’s Hospital (Fort Worth) for multiple tests and x-rays and later admitted with type A flu, pneumonia in the lower left lung, a staph infection in his throat, and possible mono (pending results of yesterday’s test). He will see a pediatric pullmonologist Friday morning and possibly have his left lung drained, in which case he will be moved to the Intensive Care Unit.
My mother-in-law is also presently hospitalized with pneumonia and I would be grateful if you would pray for her.