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The Best of the Year in Television 2017

The Best of the Year in Television 2017

Doing things a little differently this year. As anyone who’s spent time on a couch this year knows, there’s simply too much quality television being produced these days to attempt a definitive list, even if rankings are generally more fun. So we’ve decided to farm out the assignment a bit more, ask various contributors to submit blurbs on what they’ve most enjoyed watching, with an eye, as always, to…

A Memo to Hall of Famers

A Memo to Hall of Famers

This comes from Howie Espenshied. Emmitt Smith, NFL all-time rushing leader–fired! Shannon Sharpe, an NFL hall of famer who finished his career atop all of the tight end categories–fired! (last week). Dan Marino, retired with the most broken records of any quarterback in history–fired! (also last week). Joe Montana, the greatest NFL QB of all-time, was encouraged to quit before he was fired. What do these four have in common? They…

Jeff Orr, Helmet Sundaes, and the Anatomy of the Heckler

Jeff Orr, Helmet Sundaes, and the Anatomy of the Heckler

This morning’s sports column comes from our new sports writer Howie Espenshied. I have the dubious privilege of being a high school basketball official. We’re the ones in stripes out there, only noticed when a mistake is made. Coming up through the ranks, some of the most pronounced heckling I have experienced have come from the parents during 12-year-old rec games. I have waved off my share of baskets because a sixth grader took several…

Of Cold War Hate and Miracles on Ice

Of Cold War Hate and Miracles on Ice

Here’s another (timely) sports piece from Howie Espenshied. Any time the US faces Russia in Olympic men’s ice hockey, as they did on February 15th, the “Miracle on Ice” game in Lake Placid, NY in 1980 is brought to mind. This one ended much the way that one did, with the US securing a dramatic 1 goal victory. However, noticeably absent was the Cold War setting that helped the ending of that legendary game become arguably the…

2014 Fall Conference Recordings: The Risk of Grace

2014 Fall Conference Recordings: The Risk of Grace

An enormously heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped put on our Fall Conference in Houston, TX: our friends at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for hosting, The Magills for playing such fantastic music (click here to check out their stuff on iTunes), Mark and David Babikow for being such lifesavers on the audio/visual front, Jim and Tricia Zucker for making the Slaid Cleaves connection, and many more. We are beyond grateful. We’re once…

Another Week Ends: Kafka's Facebook, Pre-cations, New Hugo, New Pixar, the Empathy Police, and Kid Worship

Another Week Ends: Kafka’s Facebook, Pre-cations, New Hugo, New Pixar, the Empathy Police, and Kid Worship

1) Facebook at the top of our list again this week, thanks in whole to Joshua Rothman’s New Yorker article, “In Facebook’s Courtroom.” The article depends on a deadly cocktail of TMZ’s Ray Rice video release and Kafka’s “The Trial.” What he gets at, in doing so, is the idea of Facebook as our junk-room of judgment—a place where ‘likes’ are actually ‘hate-likes’ and a user’s status updates stand as verdicts on the world around them. Even the…

From the Archives: Thy Jilted Lover Shall Rejoice (Again)?

From the Archives: Thy Jilted Lover Shall Rejoice (Again)?

In anticipation of the third NBA Finals meeting (in a row!) between the Warriors and Cavs, we thought this might be a timely one to resurface from last year’s series. Don’t look now but Loserville–the “mistake on the lake” that is Cleveland Ohio–is about to improbably get their NBA championship. The stars are aligning around the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s really pretty incredible. We had anointed the…

Fall Conference in Houston – HAPPENING NOW!

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The full schedule for our Fall Conference! Be sure to check out the conference site for more details or to pre-register.

Friday October 17th
9:00am Opening Prayer Service and Devotion – David Browder
9:30am The Good News of a High Risk God – Aaron Zimmerman
10:30am Morning Breakouts

12:00pm Lunch – Tex Mex Extravaganza
1:30pm Risky Business: Jesus Meets a Control Freak – RJ Heijmen
2:15pm Afternoon Breakouts

6:15pm Talk 1 – Tullian Tchividjian
7:00pm Dinner – BBQ Feast
7:30pm Slaid Cleaves in concert (with The Magills opening!)
Saturday October 18th
9:00am Opening Worship and Devotion
9:30am Talk 2 – Tullian Tchividjian
10:15am Q&A with Tullian
10:45am I Feel Like I Win When I Lose – David Zahl
12:30pm Book Table closes

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