Two Tebow pieces of interest to Tebow fans:
Believe in him, I mean: believe that he’s for real. The young man is drunk on charity, in the same way he’s drunk on the endorphins that race through his body during his strenuous daily workouts. In the same way he’s drunk on the excitement of winning and losing football games before roaring crowds. In the same way he’s drunk on what the medieval mystics used to call “the gift of tears,” weeping easily and often. In the same way he’s drunk on his constant conversation with the Lord, referring all his victories and all his losses up to heaven.
Tim Tebow isn’t a Christian theologian. He’s a Christian mystic–intoxicated, as all mystics are, with God. He’s King David, dancing in the joy of his youth before the Ark of the Covenant. There is a theology, certainly, implicit in the prayers Tebow says, the hymns he sings, and the witnessing he performs. But whether he’s able to make it explicit or not, he rarely does. He expects, instead, his sheer fervorous presence and ecstatic deeds–the drunken joy he takes in it all–to do the work for him. He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
That’s good writing! Thought ya’ll might like. And this piece on Tebow and the Atheist’s Dilemma
Also, with all that’s going on, you may not realize that Lent is about a month away. I want to once again recommend to you Paula Huston’s really excellent Simplifying the Soul. It is written in such an accessible and inviting way, that I think many of you will find it very valuable. Here is an excerpt.
I like the book so much, next week I am going to give away three copies. As soon as I figure out how to do that!
Speaking of Lent, you know Magnificat Magazine is ready with another outstanding Lenten companion for the low, low price of $3.95. You can’t go wrong with anything put out by Magnificat, and that’s sort of a thoughtful little gift for someone around you, perhaps.
And since Lent is a time for “recommended reading” I am beginning to amass a group of books to recommend to you. Given the combox of this post, I’m starting with At the Heart of the Gospel, by Christopher West. We’ll read; we’ll talk.