I linked to William Black (of Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology) last week in Morning Blend. But I couldn’t pass on this post. Black resurrects a dead parable (his words, not mine) — The Good Samaritan. And he does it in less words than I’ve been witness to in one of his posts. But this post may not be for the weak in stomach.
Richard Beck, of Abilene Christian University, is working through a series on James Davison Hunter’s book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tradegy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. I’ve linked to the second post in the series, though all are worth reading. This article addresses how and why Christians, an overwhelming majority in the United States, have become culturally marginalized. Read this if you’ve ever wondered why the Jewish community (2-4% of the population) and the gay and lesbian crowd (7-8%) tremendously influence American culture while Christians are largely unable. So “we” choose to go the political route — seeking to legislate our ideas.
I remember waiting to get in the water in my first Ironman race. Just me and 2000 other triathletes standing on the beach in Panama City, Florida. Frightening. But let me tell you — waiting is not the worst part. I’ve been jostled, punched, kicked, pushed under, and crawled over during Ironman swims. I’ve had my goggles pulled off, been forced to swim through vomit, and myself vomited during that miserable 2.4 miles of water. In my first Ironman there was a death during the swim.
No idea how many of you are triathletes, or aspire to be. And I know the numbers are even smaller when we start talking about Ironman-distance races. But if you are planning on doing Ironman, read this excellent post on how to mentally prepare for the swim. Then check out these videos:
A while back, after reading Born to Run, I mentioned I was getting into barefoot running. I realized soon after that the roads here are not great for such. So I bought a few pairs of aqua-socks on sale (like $10 a pair) and had my mom mail them to me here in Tanzania. I’m looking for the benefits of a barefoot running form without the gashes on my feet from the volcanic-like rock peppering our red dirt roads. So far, these are my favorites: the Cudas Flatwaters. Are any of you barefooters?
You can find this anywhere, but I’ve got this one bookmarked for easy access. Thought I’d share it with you. Can’t wait for June 11.