Jeremy Lin, The Basketball Star Nobody Wanted: A Gospel Coalition Essay

Just had a new theological essay posted over at the Gospel Coalition.  It’s entitled “The Basketball Star No One Wanted: Jeremy Lin’s Unlikely Triumph.” In it, I weave in my own experience with the game as I talk about what Lin’s success means for many.  In the end, I try to show that in Lin’s [Read More...]

Linsanity! Part 2: Ex-Ruff Ryders Rapping & Asian-American Christianity

More Linsanity!  Last night Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to a stunning victory over the Lakers–featuring the NBA’s second-best player, Kobe Bryant–and Lin scored 38 points (!).  I don’t know if you care about sports, but that is truly astonishing.  This is a player who was just about to be waived two weeks ago.  That would have [Read More...]

Linsanity: Jeremy Lin, Christian Basketball Star

If you haven’t heard of Jeremy Lin yet, you soon will (see this dated Time article).  He’s a Christian basketball player for the New York Knicks.  He’s also a Harvard graduate and an Asian-American.  I’ve followed Lin on Twitter for some time, but he struggled early in the season as he was cut from the [Read More...]

Really Important Things: The Debacle That Was Danny Ainge’s Dealmaking

The Boston Celtics aren’t that important.  So this blog isn’t actually about something really important.  Really important things include, for example, the birth of a new boy in my family.  My son is named Gavin Edwards Strachan.  He joined us on Wednesday, and he’s doing great, praise God. The Boston Celtics, by contrast, are just [Read More...]

Dancing in Minefields, Salvation Through Judgment, and the Immortal “Dad Life” Video

Check out a new video from the new Andrew Petersen album: “Dancing in the Minefields.”  Love the song, and especially the backing chorus.  (HT:JT) ************** Have you heard about the new biblical theology by Jim Hamilton coming in November?  It looks like necessary reading.  Hamilton works book by book through the Bible examining the theme [Read More...]

Principles for Good Basketball, Or, The Exorcising of Fifteen Years of Pickup Basketball Ghosts

This post comes out of nowhere.  No one has asked for it.  It is a thought-child that must be birthed.  It stems, as the title suggests, from my years of frustration playing pickup basketball.  If you play unorganized basketball–and you are not worthy of this blog if you do not–you will understand.  Actually, you’ll understand [Read More...]

The Next Michael Jordan (!)

From the Chicago Tribune: At 17, Harrison Barnes might not yet be a household name. But he’s determined to become one. Here’s a funny story demonstrating his precocity: Days earlier, when he announced where he would attend college, the nation’s top high school basketball player deftly fielded all manner of probing questions from a gymnasium [Read More...]

The DC Hoops Scene: Power, Points, and Presidents

The Outside the Lines side of the ESPN online network has a fun story up about the current DC hoops scene.  President Obama, a diehard pickup basketball player, has apparently ignited interest in the game.  Here’s an excerpt from the story, “The Power Game”, by Wright Thompson: Obama loves all things hoops. By executive fiat, the [Read More...]

Michael Jordan’s Teacher: “Nobody Cut Michael Jordan”

Those of us who grew up going to wildly overpriced basketball camps (remember Five Star?  What a racket!) often heard the inspiring and–ahem–comforting tale that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player in the world, was cut from the varsity team as a sophomore.  Great story–except it’s not technically true. This is disheartening news for those [Read More...]

What It’s Like to Play in the NBA D-League (or at Least the D-League Tryouts)

Just read a pretty funny article about one writer’s bid to make the NBA’s Developmental League. “Me Got Game”, by Davy Rothbart, is a funny and revealing look about what it’s actually like to try and make a high-level professional basketball team. You’ll want to watch for bad language in the piece, but if you [Read More...]


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