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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…

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…

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…

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

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

…something that might not love us back that gives life. If there’s a play in the coming weeks like the one below, and the Cavs stub their toe, I will remain a Cleveland unrequited lover. Postscript May 26, 2017 – Howie Espenshied: It is indeed wonderful when our favorite teams love us back. However, every time they reward our loyalty with a championship, we expect more, and we enjoy it less. It is our nature. This third consecutive…

2014 Fall Conference Recordings: The Risk of Grace

2014 Fall Conference Recordings: The Risk of Grace

…Aaron Zimmerman Morning Breakouts Grace in Parenting: I Have No Advice – Sarah Condon Matthew, Mark, Luke and Judas: A Biblical Take on FOMO – Ethan Richardson Sports: The Greatest Reality TV Show of All – Howie Espenshied Devotion 2 – David Browder Risky Business: Jesus Meets a Control Freak – RJ Heijmen Afternoon Breakouts Living By Grace (and According to Frankenstein) – Matthew Fenlon How I Learned to…

Sports: The Greatest Reality TV Show of All

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

…the new Foxygen album is streaming on NPR this week—these guys continue to throw everything at the wall–I mean, everything. And then there’s this, that demands not to be missed, that DZ linked to in his procrastination piece. Based on the groovy California Pynchon novel. Slaid Cleaves song of the week, as we gear up for Houston! Also, our final Breakout session is finalized. Howie Espenshied will be walking us through Sports: The Greatest…