Weekly Meanderings, May 11, 2013

I’m shifting how Weekly Meanderings are done. First, not as many links; second, no division between blogs and news. Third, some of what would be in the Meanderings will appear over the weekend. Enjoy… and send links our way when you see something that you know will fit our audience. As always, a big hug for Kris for finding links.

Things BibleStudentsSay … my, my is that stuff funny.

Pat Nolan on Chuck Colson’s prison ministry: “It has been a year since Chuck Colson passed to his Heavenly reward. All of us at Prison Fellowship miss him dearly. It was 38 years ago that Chuck walked out the prison gates. He promised the other prisoners that he would not forget them, and he didn’t. He founded Prison Fellowship, and called on the Church to join him in ministering to prisoners and their families. What he had seen behind prison walls profoundly changed his views on crime and punishment. He spoke movingly of the awful conditions in prisons, particularly the hopelessness he had found inside.”

And from Minnesota we get lutefisk?

Lynn Green, new director of Baptist Union in the UK: “The Baptist Union is delighted to announce that the Revd Lynn Green has been appointed as General Secretary, taking up the new role in September 2013.  Jenny Royal, the Moderator of Trustees who proposed the appointment to the annual gathering of the Baptist Union on 4 May, says “This is an exciting appointment for the Baptist Union at this time in our life. As a Union, we have seen great change in our structures, refocusing our work for effective mission and supporting one another as Baptists Together. We believe that God led us to appoint Lynn to take up this role and guide us at this strategic time.”

Syler says Derrick ought to give it a try: “So Derrick…seize the day.  Not because you’re earning $16 million this year. Or because everyone else is playing through their pain. But because there are no promises in the world of sports, or in life.  It’s a leap of faith, to be sure. Trusting that the knee won’t give out. That you won’t crumple to the ground again, like you did in agonizing fashion last April. But if you’re healthy, it’s worth the risk. Cause Cal can tell you that you never know when that chance will roll around again.” I say this team has a chemistry without him; that team made it this far, that team is the team to play the rest of the way.

Cool houses made from shipping containers. Take a look.

A brief story about my friend, Kermit, the Golfer from the Moon: “Local tourney success earned Kermit an invitation to Baltimore later that summer. The Hearst National Juniors. Honsberger slowed down Kermit’s swing to get a better rhythm. It worked. Kermit won. The University of Houston golf coach was paying attention. Dave Williams recruited Kermit to come to Houston. More success followed with Kermit winning the 1962 NCAA Individual championship and Houston team victory as well. By 1965 Kermit was doing pretty well. That year, he played in the Bob Hope Invitational in Palm Springs. He had the lead after two good rounds. Bob Hope had never heard of him and thought his unusual last name was out of this world. He dubbed Kermit “The Pro from the Moon” The moniker stuck for many years.”

New York/Manhattan over the years:

On General Anxiety Disorder.

Elizabeth Smart: “Rescued kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart said Wednesday she understands why some human trafficking victims don’t run. Smart said she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after she was raped by her captor, and she understands why someone wouldn’t run “because of that alone.” Smart spoke at a Johns Hopkins human trafficking forum, saying she was raised in a religious household and recalled a school teacher who spoke once about abstinence and compared sex to chewing gum. “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you know longer have worth, you know longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.”

Fascinating set of pictures about a week of food in various places in the world.

Walking, exercise and the UK: “Two-thirds of adults in the UK are not doing enough physical activity for good health and the World Health Organisation now ranks physical inactivity as the fourth-biggest killer in the world – ahead of obesity and just behind high blood pressure, tobacco and high blood glucose. The British walking charity, the Ramblers, is calling for a “walking revolution” to get 100,000 more Britons on their feet and going for regular strolls as part of their daily lives. Their poll was commissioned to mark the start of Get Walking Week, when Ramblers groups across Britain will be leading free short walks of five miles or less led by experienced walk leaders.”

Religious freedom around the world.

Fantastic conversation about Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. “Woods moved from Orlando, Fla., to the West Palm Beach area last year after building a home along the ocean with his own miniature range. The speculation was which golf club Woods might join, and he settled on The Medalist. Several other pros are members at The Bear’s Club, which Nicklaus built as his home course in Florida. “I asked him when he came to Florida if we wanted to come to The Bear’s Club,” Nicklaus said. “He stayed away from it. He didn’t want to intrude where I was. He never told me why, but other people told me, ‘He says he didn’t feel comfortable being there where I was because that was a record he was trying to break.'”

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  • Pat68

    Wow, some of that stuff on “Things Bible Students Say” is barely literate.

  • Dianne P

    One of my frustrations is the number of people imprisoned in this country. It can only be called insane. When I worked with the homeless, I came to understand the many ludicrous ways that they developed prison records… one standout is being ticketed on Christmas Eve for taking cover under a bridge during a downpour. When they don’t make it to court for their ticket, then a warrant is issued for their arrest. We have created a sub-population in this country that now has a record and therefore a huge impediment in getting a job and becoming a stable contributing member of society.

    My concern, if someone as powerful and articulate as Chuck Colson couldn’t get this issue on the front table of discourse, is there any hope at the present? What if all the Christian groups who have put their energies into combatting the evils of homosexuality and gay marriage re-directed their energies toward the injustices of prison? After all, Jesus actually did have something to say about that.

  • Barb

    some young friends of mine have built a house that looks kind of like a shipping container–but now they must move out of state and want to sell it–the Realtor is in a real tizzy on how find a comparable for it. Anyone moving to Spokane who would love a funky house?