Randall McRoberts

To fez or not?

I don’t dislike the Dodgers, but I do dislike Manny Machado. I would love to see him humiliated in the World Series, but I make no predictions.

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Hoping that Mr. Bregman will meditate, during the off-season, on whether it is worth it to be such a jerk.

I’ve gained much respect for David Price this evening.

LCD Discipleship

I recently saw an article by JD Walt in my feed whose title made me think. The idea of least common denominator discipleship is intriguing.

I have generally felt that discipleship has gone by the wayside in today’s church. Most people believe that the whole gospel is about saving people from hell and once that is done, eat, drink, and be merry.

In many churches, there is a two-tier system. The top tier is just for overachievers. They are looked at askance as people who are wasting their lives on over-devotion to God. Why do all that extra “work” when none is required? The mass of people are content to embrace somewhat regular church attendance and cessation of really bad sins as enough.

Most churches that I have been part of really don’t fight that trend much. To the cynical it may seem as if it is important to keep the system in place so people don’t leave for greener pastures and take their charitable donations with them.

Essentially, we have dumbed down discipleship to the lowest common denominator. The fast learners, as in many public schools, are encouraged to slow down to the congregational norm.

It’s a shame. Really.

Rest is found in the taking on of Jesus’ yoke. I hate for so many to miss that joy.

I wonder if Altuve would be as big a deal if he played in another ballpark.

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The time for physical adventuring is over for me. I do enjoy intellectual adventures still.

In fact, there are lots of interesting resources at:

Digital Commons @ George Fox University

And another:

Intermediate Biblical Greek Reader: Galatians and Related Texts” by Nijay K. Gupta and Jonah M. Sandford

Free Open Textbooks download:

“The Simple Math of Writing Well: Writing for the 21st Century” by Jennie A. Harrop

At the Parke County, Indiana, Covered Bridge Festival. Had two ribeye sammiches.

Eovaldi might be over amped, but I love the attitude with which he pitches.

Paul does not say, ‘I am in Christ; Christ has obeyed the Torah; therefore God regards me as though I had obeyed the Torah.’ He says: ‘I am in Christ; Christ has died and been raised; therefore God regards me—and I must learn to regard myself—as someone who has died to sin and been raised to newness of life.’

Tom Wright

It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God - The New York Times

“The decline in our spiritual vocabulary has many real-world consequences.”

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Muffin

The Ultimate Guide to Making Smart Decisions

“My belief that the MBA program was a good use of my time eroded quickly. … Some days, I couldn’t tell whether I was in a master’s program or grade school?”

Simple Beauty

I’m really not much of a Tim Keller fan, but this is good.

How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t - The New York Times

“Nevertheless, while believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one. There are a number of reasons to insist on this.”

That many churches have names seemingly meant to obscure the fact that they are churches is proof enough that we do not take the concept of “church” seriously enough.

Who Can You Believe? – Context

“It’s too good not to be true”

Got a haircut today. The notable thing is, my Red Sox cap fits better.

Doc Searles on Amazon pricing

Randall McRoberts
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