Saturday, July 28, 2018

"Gods Do Not Answer Letters"

It's always struck me as ironic that one of the greatest sports essays of all time was written by a New Yorker staff writer who rarely wrote about baseball not to mention sports in general. John Updike was twenty eight years old when he was witness to Ted Williams last plate appearance which produced his last home run.

Ted Williams was one of baseball’s greatest hitters, perhaps the greatest hitter of all time. His work ethic and his skill as a craftsman of the game of baseball were beyond approach. Coupled with his natural talent he became such a disciplined force at the plate the likes of which baseball had never seen before. However, this great hitter did not seek out or even appreciate the love of the fans who allowed him to play the game he loved. Which brings us to his last plate appearance . . .

Friday, July 27, 2018

A Christian View of Death

I invite you to view this video from the family of Tony Evans regarding the unexpected death of Tony Evans niece Wynter Pitts. This honest and transparent discussion among Tony Evan's family is an uplifting truth in our fallen world.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Stop Me If You've Heard This Before . . .

In the 1850's a political party was born in the United States called the "American Party". The foundation platforms for this new party were anti-Catholic, xenophobic, and hostilty to immigration.

When asked by outsiders what the party stood for the common response was "I know nothing" which resulted in the party being renamed the "Know Nothing" party. Because of the wide net of conspiracy regarding a shadow government being ran from the Vatican the party didn't grow very quickly and in fact in the South the anti-Catholic vision was struck from the party altogether.

In the vacuum of opposition to the Democrat Party a new party was born in the mid 1850's, the Republican Party. This party was born out of opposition to "the slave power" but they needed to reach out to the Know Nothings to further establish their base. The Republican party rose to power with the election of Abraham Lincoln and the Know Nothing party was dissolved. Yet, their vision, their call of a common fear of outsiders, and conspiracy theories is woven in the Republican party DNA today.

In 2016 we see the takeover of a political party by one man who has appealed to the worse characteristics of what is to be an American. When our call to make America great means we leave a swath of people on the outside of this vision then we have failed to demonstrate the love of liberty and justice that birthed this great nation in the first place. Though there will always be a tension between the current population and the immigrants wishing to also make their home here it doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. When fear dictates our policy rather than faith in the goodness of our people and values then we have truly lost our way as a nation.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Have You Ever Thought About . . .

I'm wondering if you have ever thought about the time after God created humans and before we rebelled and got kicked out of our first residence.

I wonder how long that period of time was? We know time existed because Genesis talks about God creating the universe in six days. But how long did humans reside in peace and harmony with the universe and God? Six months? Six years? Six hundred years?