The Plane of Poor Discipleship or, President Obama May Have More In Common with Christians Who Refuse Him

“My candidate will best your candidate!” We will know the winner of Election 2012 sooner or later according to the pundits. Sooner may mean by midnight tonight. Later could mean by week’s end. Except, I am not interested in playing the game of one-upmanship. Let’s agree not to play that game.

Bill Kinnon offered an insightful piece yesterday, Zero-Sum Games. An outside observer to the fervor generated in Sooner Land or any other major college football program, Kinnon claims what hinders the church from conversation, real honest conversation, is the zero-sum game. He sums it up, “I win! You lose! It’s a zero-sum game.”

Bludgeoning others in order to lay claim to victory in politics and religion seems an assimilation of the spirit of the age – the spirit of sports. Reading comments on Christian blogs where opinions diverge often feels like being on the playground listening to pre-adolescents tout the bravado of my Dad over against the presumed wimpy-ness of your Dad. The subject is really not important. The conversation has moved on to, I’m smart; you’re dumb; I’m big, you’re little; I’m right, you’re wrong, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Read More

OU Football: Challenge Accepted

College football needs a little anarchy, a little chaos. The SEC will bludgeon itself to death as upstarts challenge the baseball scoring efficiency of LSU and the early season “Who have we played?,” Crimson Tide. Sooner rather than later the Big 12 will emerge with at least one if not three candidates for the National Title race. Everyone in Ohio will be left saying, “If only we were not on probation.”

Rick Davis threw the gauntlet my way. We both favor teams in the Big 12. The Longhorns, Davis’ franchise of choice, appear resurgent after Mack Brown finally settled on a quarterback to rise from the Ash(es) of the past two seasons. The Sooners bobbled in Norman to the team now ranked in the top 10. After the Manhattan Project startled Mike Stoops, the Sooners took the number 1 defense in the Country to the woodshed and knocked Texas Tech out of the top 25.

What more fun could two friends have than wish for a little anarchy in college football? Maybe Davis will become a Chaositist and come up with a new neologism. That will be better than bloviating about how good Bevo is on the field. We will know how good he tastes come Saturday afternoon.

I take the challenged tossed out by Gandalf, my mentor. I will begrudgingly post a positive picture of Bevo should the Orange from the South defeat the Crimson and Cream from the North. Since Texans believes the Red River is the Mason Dixon line, we will call it a friendly Civil War. But, if, and they will, the Sooners win – unless of course Lee Corso chooses OU to win then I may call King’s X and consider all bets off – Rick will wear the Crimson and Cream on his blog for the next week.

I suspect he will engage here, there, and yon, but you can be sure this will not be like nuking a playground.

Let’s see what happens in the Cotton Bowl my friend.

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Souhan, Moltmann, and Theology

Jim Souhan criticizes we Okies. After reading his piece in The Oklahoman titled, Don’t Act Like Okies, Minnesota, I though of responding all schoolyard. You know, something like, “And you really think your team will ever make the postseason?” Or, “You’re just jealous.” Even, “Don’t be a hater.”

Criticism opens up a whole set of possibilities. For instance, maybe the colored logo on the shirts provided by fans needs to be larger so that Mr. Souhan is able to see the chroma color t-shirts are not really mono-chromatic.   I realize he is considering the appearance on television but most beat writers know better. Until you have been in the wildest, small-market, NBA venue in the Country it may appear all same-same. Enter the Peake and anyone there knows it is anything but same-same.

Context is everything. Souhan lives in the erudite North. Read More

Thunder Win Bores Barkley – Maybe He Needs a Beard Like Harden

I stayed up to see how Sir Charles would break down the Thunder win over the Lakers. He seemed disgusted. I think he said, “No one stayed up to watch this. We should go home right now.” I realize the series is long from over. And since my Dad and Tripp Fuller will be cheering on the Lakers we should not count the series done.

Thunder fans have longed for the silent Charles. It is funny to listen to the mantra, “They are a jump shooting team.” Funny thing is, what team doesn’t shoot jump shots? Kobe took plenty but did not score so well. The player formerly known as Ron Artest hit a couple of early 3’s but cooled off for much of the rest of the game. I understand the game. Charles believes you cannot win without an inside game. He may be right. But, teams get to the paint in different ways. Thunder fans always “Cheer the Beard.”

I watched this video and thought maybe Sir Charles needs a beard like Harden. Read More

Sad Day – Fowler Considers Board Action a Business Decision

When many mourn the fall of Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the ongoing scandal surrounding a former Penn State assistant coach, one wonders if those mourners will weep for the victims of abuse.

On ESPN last night, Chris Fowler suggested the action of the Penn State Board of Trustees was a business decision rather than a moral decision. If he is correct, the event is even more tragic. And, one wonders if this could be proved if it would not be appropriate to elect a new Board for they would really be doing the same that it appears Paterno may have done – simply made a decision in his own best interest.

Someone must stand and declare this was more than saving face for Penn State. The action of the Board must represent a certain moral authority.