Weekly Meanderings, July 20, 2013

Our prayers — and those of the Jesus Creed blog community — for Eric G, who comments here often and who has told of his story on this blog.

A wonderful father here in Libertyville, a man who played on one of our Little League teams, who loves baseball and his three sons and wife even more: “My boys love video games. Maybe one day we’ll borrow a baseball game from the library and learn together that way. They also love to take swings at Nerf balls in the front yard, and they don’t need to be able to calculate an earned-run average to have fun playing catch with their dad. Baseball cards are expensive, and a family trip to Wrigley can cost more than the five days we just spent in Nashville. Baseball helped teach me an awful lot about more than just baseball (the sport and media get lots of credit for my reading and writing skills), but nothing that can’t be learned elsewhere. The All-Star Game is tonight. I’ll follow along via social media and maybe catch the last few innings after everyone is in bed. There’s only one Cub in the game and he won’t even play. Still, the day brings with it many happy childhood memories. Today’s game won’t be making any lasting impressions for my boys, but so what? They have parents who love them beyond expression and a safe, happy home. We make our own memories, and they get to grow up as their own people and not miniature versions of me. They’re my greatest blessings no matter who wins the ballgame.”

Ten things you can do to boost your performance, some of which might surprise you.

Are you thinking of downsizing? Check out these advantages. “ave you noticed there is a new push for downsizing the way we live? Homeowners are realizing that “living large” doesn’t always mean bigger is better. In fact there are many benefits to downsizing to a smaller home. Whether the decision is voluntarily are you are forced to move for job relocation or other life event, rest assured there’s a benefit to decreasing your home size. If you love saving money, energy, resources, and enjoy saving time on upkeep – these are just a few benefits, here are 10 benefits of living a “cozy life”.”

A sad story of an apologist’s daughter who has walked away.

Detroit. “To get a better sense of just how Detroit got into such dire financial straits, it’s worth browsing through this May report on the city’s finances and this “Proposal for Creditors” from June. Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr laid out all the problems and economic headwinds facing the city….”

Eddie Becker reflects on identity: 21 things that do not define who we are, like occupation, sexuality,…. “Am I loved? Am I respected? Am I important? These are questions that saunter quietly through our mind each morning as we look in the mirror. Questions that focus in on our identity: who we say we are, who we think we are and who the world perceives us to be.”

And he still writes his blog posts out longhand first, in a Moleskine: “I am a professional blogger, and in many ways I live up to the least flattering stereotypes of the job. I spend most of the day on the couch in my underwear. I am wildly unhealthy. I’m a disappointment to my friends and family. But I defy the stereotypes in at least one respect: I write most of my blog posts out by hand before I publish them. My editors at Slate were surprised when they learned about my antediluvian working methods. After briefly threatening to heave me off a bridge, they let me explain this seemingly anachronistic, superfluous affectation. Writing things out longhand is the best way I know to get my job done quickly and effectively. Here’s why. Twenty years’ worth of sustained Internet use has left me with a head full of random trivia and a profound inability to concentrate. Every time I sit down in front of my computer to write a post, I end up browsing the IMDb page for the movie Cool Runnings or the career stats for underrated outfielder Ryan Spilborghs. I’m just as distractible when my computer isn’t connected to the Internet: I’ve wasted weeks of my life playing this stupid baseball simulation game that I downloaded years ago and can’t bring myself to delete.”

Bob Smietana’s excellent article about Russ Moore.

Sad day in Track and Field: “(AP) — The list reads like a Who’s Who among the world’s best sprinters. Jamaican Asafa Powell, the former world-record holder at 100 meters. American champion Tyson Gay, who went out of his way to promote himself as an anti-drug athlete. Jamaican Sherone Simpson, who has a gold and two silver Olympic medals to her credit. Word came Sunday that all three had failed drug tests. “A sad day,” one former track official called it – and certainly a day that punctured the myth that the oft-troubled sport has cleaned up its act.”

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  • RJS4DQ

    Our prayers also for EricG and for his family in the days ahead.

  • AHH

    Interesting and sad about Rachel Slick.

    Illustrating some of the dangers of making the foundation of faith arguments and a perfect theological system and a perfect Bible and having neatly packaged answers to all questions. That can become a house of cards, especially for more reflective people, when faced with the messiness of real life (not to mention the messiness of the Bible).

  • Andrew Dowling

    Yes, and frankly . . judging by the piece and from what I know about her father, in my opinion I don’t think she was exposed to Christianity growing up.

  • Susan_G1

    Scott, Steve Irwin died.

  • Susan_G1

    I read Rachel Slick’s post. It was very painful reading. It sounded like an SGM home, the child abuse, the strict obedience, the personal reinforcement of true brokenness at an early age, the fundamentalist us-against-them use of Scripture… very sad stuff. There is more than one way to cause a young one to stumble. This is one. Pain all around when God is used as a battering ram.

  • scotmcknight

    Yes, I knew that… but this guy’s vying for honors with Irwin’s quirky courage.

  • Luke Allison

    I struggle with posts like Rachael Slick’s….exchanging one unhealthy fundamentalist impulse for another is hardly freedom. I’m maybe more disturbed by the downright biblical language that Mehta and others (herself included) use to describe her glorious “conversion.” We are such religious creatures.

  • DMH

    What did I miss with EricG? I’m not on every day and usually don’t have time to read everything.