GAME OF THE WEEK – Week Seven

October 20, 2010

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Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers

Lambeau Field, 8:20 pm

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Green Bay, Wisconsin


Remember Why You Play

October 13, 2010

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”      

Vince Lombardi

i love the game of football.

it’s the ultimate team sport. it’s the best sports metaphor for life. it’s great theatre; it’s got attitude, action, drama, suspense, heartbreak, redemption, retribution, etc. 

football is a beautiful game.

football is the best.

David Thomas is a sports columnist and senior writer for the Fort Worth Star – Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas, and author of the book Remember Why You Play: Faith, Football, and a Season to Believe.

Thomas followed the players and coaches of Grapevine, Texas’ Faith Christian School football team for a season. he records their ups and downs, stories, struggles, victories, and lives.

this book is required reading for football fans and it’s a fantastic read for anyone who loves a great story.

you’ll laugh. you’ll cheer. you’ll cry.

David Thomas’ book is wonderful.

*NOTE: Tyndale Publishing gave me a free copy of Remember Why You Play for a review posting on my blog. For more information check out the Tyndale Blog Network.


HOPE

October 13, 2010

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Gospel According to Jesus

October 11, 2010

 

there’s a scary trend among Christians and the Church today. according to research conducted by Chris Seay and Barna Research Group 84% of Christians are living a distorted Christian life and misunderstand the essential tenents of their faith.

at times, sadly, we can all miss the point.

for too long we’ve made Christianity about morality, piety, conservative politics, and a list of dos and don’ts.

author and pastor Chris Seay’s latest book is The Gospel According to Jesus: A Faith that Restores All Things.

the text is great. Seay covers right (correct) righteousness, the Kingdom of God, the Gospel, justification, and among other topics, shalom. he tells stories, quotes other great writers, and expounds on these topics to highlight the importance they have for the Christian faith.

my favorite passage from The Gospel According to Jesus comes after Seay quotes Luke 15:1-7…

“Many Christians see the world this way, and are blind in their point of view. It’s time to stop categorizing one another and call this line of sight what it is: heresy, specifically Gnosticism. Our broken ideology can be rescued when we forsake the ‘sacred versus secular’ labels and see what has been redeemed and what is in need of redemption. People are not good or bad; they are simply broken, and God has either restored them to shalom or is seeking to restore them to shalom. Imagine seeing people as ‘broken shalom’ or ‘shalom,’ rather than good or bad. If you see them in the midst of broken shalom, it does not allow you to look down on them; instead, it calls you to join God in his redemptive work in their lives. What a beautiful privilege.”

(Chris Seay, The Gospel According to Jesus, page 148)

most of  the quotes and passages of Scripture are taken from The Voice, which is a wonderful translation/paraphrase of the Bible.

at the end of each chapter, except chapter nine, Seay includes conversations he’s had with other leading writers and thinkers in Christianity today: Dan Kimball, Gabe Lyons, Mark Batterson, Rick McKinley, Shanr Claiborne, and Alan Hirsch.

The Gospel According to Jesus is required reading. it will shake-up and wake-up todays Church.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*


True Grit

October 1, 2010

the novel True Grit by Charles Portis is a classic. it’s dark. it’s violent. it’s funny. it’s full of references to Scripture. it’s the tale of a young girl seeking retribution for the murder of her father.

it was made into a film and released in 1969. John Wayne portrayed U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn and won an Academy Award for the portrayal. the movie works; it’s not horrible. it does not, however, capture the mood and essence of the book.

in December, the Coen Brothers True Grit will be released theatrically.

do not use the R word; remake.

judging by the trailer (http://www.tribute.ca/trailers/True+Grit/17929) it looks like the novel has come alive on screen.

i’m not surprised. the Coens brought Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men to life.

True Grit looks like another Coen Brothers classic.

read the novel. check out the trailer. check out the films.