Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Bible Dodged a Bullet (Shepherd of Hermas edition)

There's an oft-repeated (and also apocryphal) quote from an old lady who was defending why she still used the King James version of the Bible. Her explanation? "If it was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me."

When it comes to matters of faith for Christians who are of a relatively newer historical variety - such as evangelicals - sometimes it's easiest to forget about historical context and just assume that one's own experience must have been the same for all "true" Christians across all eras and cultures. This is especially true for evangelicals when it comes to the Bible, and for obvious reasons. The cry of "Sola Scriptura" provides the bedrock for much of the evangelical identity, and if the Bible in its English-language form is so important to Christians today, wouldn't it also have had the same importance for Christians in the first few centuries of the movement?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sports: Where Perspective is a Bad Thing

Let me preface this by saying that I am no Lebron James apologist. In fact, half of my tweets are dedicated to cheap jokes about the same tired Lebron themes: no championship, indifference to taking big shots, receding hairline. But my dislike of Lebron is not a deeply-held personal conviction. It's just that I'm a Celtics fan, and he happens to stand in their way.

Sports are weird like that. But sports are weird in another way too: when it comes to our favorite athletes, we value their blatant lack of real-world perspective. And when athletes do demonstrate an awareness that there are way more important things out there than winning a game, we get frustrated. Perhaps the central victim of our strange misguided thinking when it comes to sports is Lebron.