This week we are returning to one of Miroslav Volf‘s essays in his very good book, Against the Tide: Love in a time of petty dreams and persisting enmities. In his essay “Not Optimistic” Volf draws an important distinction between optimism and hope. ¬†While both hope and optimism have to do with the future, and […]


You’ve heard them, the non apology apology. “I’m sorry my [words,actions,deeds] hurt your feelings.” “I’m sorry for any misunderstanding there may have been.” “I’m sorry you’re upset.” You’ve heard people say things like this. I’ve said things like this. You might have too. It’s almost an apology, but not quite. I have not really taken […]