Friday, August 22, 2008
I never look forward to the Olympics. I have nothing against them; it's just that when they crop up again, after four years' wait, they always take me by surprise.
But then, for the 18 or so days the games are on, I can't peel myself away from the television. I don't know why exactly. I'm not a sports enthusiast. There is something astounding, though, about watching human beings excel in something to such a high degree of perfection. Michael Phelps won eight gold medals and set seven world records; Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor have never lost a match in the Olympics; Jamaican Ussain Bolt set world records in both the 100m and 200m sprints—making him the first athlete ever to do so.
It's a bit demoralizing to realize that no one will ever cheer for my mad editorial skills. Never will I hear newscasters report, "Today, Url has done something none of us believed could ever be done: he has corrected 27 dangling modifiers in just 43 seconds." No one will weep for me. Ah, well.
In this Friday's post, pastor Dave Gibbons points out that this year's Olympic games were invested with meaning deeper than national glory and athleticism. In Olympic Shifts, he discusses the new global realities communicated in China's remarkable opening ceremonies and reflects on what they might mean for the church.
- Dave Dack discovered that practicing Communion can propel a church into mission. Read his story here.
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- Some of us here are old enough to remember when the mullet was a perfectly respectable (or at least acceptable) hairstyle choice. Those same people probably think the only woman ever to wear a beehive was Marge Simpson. Our friends at Preaching Today have posted a link to the latest Beloit College Mindset List, which describes how the incoming class of 2012 has experienced the world (in pop culture terms, of course).
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by Dave Gibbons
Shifts happen all the time—shifts in economics, politics, theology, church, and culture. But we usually don't comprehend the full nature of the shift until much later. One subtle shift happened in Beijing last week. You may have missed it amid the pageantry of the Olympic opening ceremonies.
- Finding God in Sports—ChristianBibleStudies.com
Maybe we don't take sports seriously enough.
- Laura Wilkinson: Olympic Dreams—FaithVisuals.com
Olympic Medalist in diving tells of her journey to get to the award podium.
by Dave Dack
Communion is the kingdom of God actually happening among us. Paul made this clear in 1 Corinthians 10:16: "Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?" Lesslie Newbigin said that the Church experiences in Communion "a foretaste of the reign of God in the midst of history." In other words, the Eucharist is not just a picture of God's kingdom; it is a live feed.
- Jack Hayford's "What Jesus Wants Us to Remember" sermon—PreachingTodaySermons.com
What we should remember when taking Communion
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At the start of every new school year, The Beloit College Mindset List is published, offering a glimpse into the hearts and minds of the next generation. As expected, the list finds that this fall's freshman class is unique in how they see the world, hear the world, speak in the world, and experience the world.
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