1. Caught a great cultural insight in Anthony Lane’s hilarious New Yorker review of the new Star Trek movie:
“[J. J. Abrams] is the perfect purveyor of fictions to a generation so easily and instinctively jaded that what it craves, above all, is a storteller who—with or without artistic personality, and regardless of any urge to provoke our thoughts or trouble our easy dreams—will never jade.” Now if that’s not a call to Christians to promote the “non-jading” gospel, tell me what is.
“I do think that there is a hunger in the land for a vision of confessional Christianity that is robust, God-centered, tough-minded, able to address today and tomorrow and the next day, and comprehensive.” Exactly. Young people want rugged, grand, glorious Christianity, Christianity that drives you to do meaningful things with the life that God has given you.
3. ESPN’s superb Outside the Lines program (a website featuring some of the best sportswriting you can find) profiles a man who walked away from millions as a pitcher to change tires at CostCo. I also enjoyed a story about basketball player Chauncey Billups, who has beat all kinds of odds to be the “disposable superstar”. If you’re a sucker for great, lengthy sportswriting that tells a story (like I am), you’ll love OTL.
4. Tim Challies linked to a website featuring the story of a young mother, Rachel, who contracted cancer and has battled it for years. It looks powerful. I”m hoping to watch the video myself. Update: read a letter where Rachel discusses the process of dying. Heartbreaking, but by God’s grace, her faith is strong.
–Have a great weekend, all.