Watch Kevin Durant’s Incredible Tribute to His Mother: “You Are the Real MVP”

Kevin Durant, a splendid NBA player, just won the 2014 MVP award. During his speech, he paid powerful tribute to his mother, who raised him and his brother Tony by herself. Watch the clip above. You need to watch this speech. It is the anti-celebrity soundbite event. Instead of celebrating himself, and using the public [Read More...]

Know Your Christian Rappers: a Christianity Today Breakdown

Just had the opportunity to tackle a fun assignment for Christianity Today: profile several of the most prolific gospel rap artists. Cat, meet catnip. CT just published the piece, which is a sidebar to Russ Moore’s cover story on the Christian hip hop movement (presently behind the paywall). My shorter piece covers Lecrae, Trip Lee (photo), [Read More...]

The Light and Darkness of Michael Jordan

Wright Thompson just published a powerful long-form profile of Michael Jordan at 50. It’s got some rough language, but it’s a penetrating character study of one of the most interesting men of our time (HT: Vitamin Z) The piece shows two major things to me: first, how Michael Jordan so beautifully displayed the image of [Read More...]

Linsanity Wanes: Why Are Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony Struggling?

Howard Wolfson of CBS Sports breaks down the recent struggles of the New York Knicks, led by Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony.  Here’s a snatch: The idea that gets pushed around is that he’s selfish, which is hyper-simplistic and off-base. Anthony is not out there lustily chasing after field-goal attempts. He wants to win, but [Read More...]

LeBronadox

LeBron James is a paradox.  Hence, LeBronadox. Bill Simmons had some interesting things to say about the uber-talented Miami Heat forward.  Sometimes Simmons’s material gets salty, so read him with discretion. This section outlines the Grantland.com’s founder’s thoughts: Here’s my opinion in four parts: a. I think he’s one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. I will [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...]

David Brooks on Kanye West, Michael Jordan, and Cultural Narcissism

In a noteworthy piece in the NYT called “High-Five Nation,” David Brooks highlights how today’s climate of cultural narcissism differs from America of the past.  (Photo of Kanye West: SunBlog) Having recently heard an old radio broadcast from the end of World War 2, he reflects on the general tone of that era: You also [Read More...]

The Link 9.11.09: Phoenix Rap, The Admiral’s Faith, and Remembering 9/11

1.  I hadn’t heard much Phoenix rap before this week, but now I have.  And now you can too.  Check out iSix5, a Christian rap out of Phoenix.  A buddy here at TEDS hipped me to them and I liked their stuff.  Straight gospel, good writing, strong beats.  Also, they submit to the leadership of [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...]

Dude, You’re Not Mark Driscoll, and Other Ways to Find a Pastoral Identity

9Marks just released its new eJournal on helping young pastors. I highly commend it to you–it looks very, very helpful. I had a thought on this topic.  It strikes me that young pastors, which I hope will one day include me, need to emulate our leaders and heroes, but only to a point.  We need [Read More...]


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