Tag: culture

The cost of becoming famous

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In an international incident, three UCLA basketball players were detained in China for stealing sunglasses. One of them was LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The Ball family has come to prominence in the world of sporting news in large part due to the outspoken patriarch of the family: LaVar.

This week, the family announced that LaVar has pulled LiAngelo out of school (which is still confusing how a grown man gets pulled out of school, but it fits the overbearing m.o. of LaVar). As with everything, LaVar has made a spectacle out of the situation. He tried to justify the players, arguing that they weren’t punished further in China, so why should they face consequences now that they’re back here n the United States?

The Ball family has their own reality show called Ball in the Family, which is clearly their attempt to be like the Kardashians (and the two shows are produced by the same group). LaVar is also often times trying to hock products from their Big Baller Brand apparel line. Continue reading “The cost of becoming famous”

Why Jesus? Couldn’t there be another way?

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“Atonement” is a theological word that gets mentioned. In short, atonement refers to the work that Christ has done for those who have faith in Him to earn their salvation.

I think people sometimes approach the gospel with skepticism. Jesus died for the sins of all who believe in him.

I know I used to ask was “why do we need this? Why do we have to believe in Jesus? Is sin such a big deal? Why is he the only way?” Continue reading “Why Jesus? Couldn’t there be another way?”

Life lesson for Wolverines

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When I was in seminary, I had a professor who was one of the best New Testament scholars in the world (D.A. Carson). He would give us these Bible quizzes that were RIDICULOUS. He’d ask totally obscure questions. Most people hated them. Dr. Carson wasn’t empathetic when one day he said “life is hard and then you die, get used to it.” Continue reading “Life lesson for Wolverines”

5 thoughts on being “all things to all people” in everyday life

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In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, the Apostle Paul talks about being “all things to all people.” In the rest of the passage, he talks about different groups with whom he demonstrates this. While that passage is not an exhaustive guide to ministry, it provides significant insights into how to reach people for Jesus.

Based on studying this passage, and thinking of this in the ministry context of the Bible, I have five reflections over the past few weeks on what it is to be “all things to all people.” Continue reading “5 thoughts on being “all things to all people” in everyday life”

If I get one more “Happy Thanksgiving” text…

If you have sent me a happy Thanksgiving text, thank you for thinking of me. I appreciate the thought. I, however will not be sending one. I feel like this is a phenomenon that has been occurring on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other major holidays over the past couple of years. An SMS is quick, it’s simple, it’s passive, it reaches out, it’s perfect right?

I feel like the practice has become increasingly cliche. Again, I’m not trying to step on toes. I have received several texts today, and I feel like it has a snowball affect. A few friends send you happy Thanksgiving texts, then you feel obligated to so you have to go through the couple of hundred contacts in your phone: add. add. add. no. add. add. definately not. add. add. (new text message) add. add. add. “Why is she still in my phone? Delete!” add. add. lanline. add…..

So you end up sending a fairly generic texts to several dozen of your closets contacts.

I recieved one earlier this afternoon that was forwarded. Seriously? “fwd: happy Thanksgiving. Hope you have a great day.” You’ve taken something that is already completely impersonal and kicked it up a notch.

I used to send a text message to my friends for Christmas. And for very close friends, I still think sending a text can be appropriate. Just not to everyone with whom you have an obsucre connection.

The reason why I still think it can be appropriate for close friends, is that if it’s a major holiday, your busy, your friends are busy, there isn’t necessarily the opportunity to place a phone call to wish the person a happy holiday, but they’re a good friend, and you still want to reach out. So what do you do? Write on the Facebook wall or send them a text.

With all of that said, I’m thankful for a number of things this year. Thankful for my family, amazing friends, good health, and opportunities. I’ve done a lot of thinking over the past couple of years about where I want to go and what I want to accomplish, and I feel like everything is so clear. I know where I want to be in a month, 3 months, 6 months, a year, 2 years, 5 years. I’m excited to see where things will be next Thanksgiving vs where they are now. For that, I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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