A Word in Edgewise

The Champion Napper

Here is a Facebook post I wrote in honor of my son, Daniel Ryan Capes, who died on August 2, 2019. He was 36 years old when he died.  This post is dated August 7, 2019.

Our son, Daniel Capes, has always been a champion napper. He is able to catch a few winks anytime, anywhere. As you can see, he got an early start. It’s a skill I envy every time I climb aboard a plane. We miss you, my son, and always will. You leave a gap that will not be filled.

Champion napper

Daniel Ryan Capes

On August 2, 2019 my adult son, Daniel Ryan Capes, died after battling a rare form of cancer.  He was 36 years old. For that reason, I have not posted on this site.  While he became gravely ill and died, I focused on him and my family and did not spend any time with this site.  Instead, occasionally, I would post something on Facebook to help me process my grief. Over the next few weeks I will post here what I posted there.  In time, I will return to my thoughts on New Testament.

Here is my first post from August 4th, two days after he died:

I am the father of three boys. I will always be the father of three boys though one I no longer see. Two days ago my son, Daniel Capes, 36 years old. breathed his last and passed from this world to the next. He was a courageous warrior in his battle with cancer. He is my hero. I can’t tell you how proud his mom and I are of him. He’s pictured here (far left) with his brothers, mom and me last Christmas. He is also pictured with Jenel Capes , his wife of 13 years, and his son Tobias Alexander Capes , 4 years old. A service in celebration of his life will be held Saturday August 10th at Ecclesia Houston, 1100 Elder St. at 11 am. 

Since this ordeal began for us in late March, I have not been able to post. We have been overwhelmed. Over the next few days and weeks I will post pictures of my beloved son. We have been so grateful for the support of so many. Their stories are yet to be told.

Getting into the Kitchen

Dr. Philip G. Ryken, President of Wheaton College, reflects upon when it might be valuable for a minister to invite listeners into the “kitchen” of original language study when preaching. He does so via illustration from Galatians 5.Philip Ryken

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Trying to Sing the Oldest Song

Dr. Michelle Knight, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, considers how knowledge of Semitic languages can help in understanding one of the Bible’s most ancient poems—Deborah’s song in Judges 5. Michelle Knight

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Digging Deeper with Words

Sometimes an English Bible translation is unable to convey repetition and wordplay at work in the original languages. In this podcast, Dr. Daniel Carroll Rodas, Blanchard Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School, offers insight into how word repetition and wordplay function in Biblical Hebrew.  Danny Carroll


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