Monday, December 01, 2008


I'm sorry, I meant to say Boise romps Fresno by 51, not 21.

Good grief.


Mack Brown said it best Saturday night during the defensive exhibition that was the Oklahoma/Oklahoma State game: "How do I explain to my team that we beat Missouri and we beat Oklahoma and they play for the Big XII championship game while we stay home?"

Good question.

With all due apology to my dear Boomer Sooner friends, I think Oklahoma's entry into the Big XII Championship game over a Texas team that beat them on the field by ten points is a travesty. I love college football, despite its flawed postseason system, but the slight to Texas due to the output of computers and the opinion of voters while overlooking the head-to-head score is not right.

If there is any athletic justice in the world, Missouri will beat Oklahoma Saturday night.


While reading over the weekend, I was struck by this insightful section from Marva Dawn in her book Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God.

"The (texts of Paul) about Jesus crucified in weakness and inviting us so to be crucified with him, the (texts of Peter) about following in the footsteps of Jesus, whose suffering has left us an example, and the (text of Revelation) urging perseverance in affliction all raise crucial questions for churches in our times. We must remember that what is true of Jesus, Peter, and Paul is no doubt also true for churches, since most of the Bible is written in plural and since the Scriptures repeatedly show that the way of God is through weakness. If the Church is most faithful to its true vocation as a created power through the weakness that gives way to God's tabernacling, then we must ask such questions as these:

Why have we turned pastors into successful CEOs instead of shepherds for the weak?

Why do we search for (preachers) who are handsome, sophisticated, charismatic -- instead of models in suffering?

Why do our churches adopt practices of business life and its achievement models?

Why do we resort to gimmicks...instead of practicing an 'unadultered handling of the Word?'"