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The Upside-Down Notion of an "Absolute Hero"

The Upside-Down Notion of an “Absolute Hero”

This week’s sports post comes from Mockingbird contributor Jonathan Adams:

Like (I’m sure) many of us, these past few weeks I’ve been dutifully doing something that I literally never do – watching women’s soccer on TV. I’ve been watching the US matches in the World Cup. I don’t claim to know much about soccer, but I concluded after watching the US in their semi-final match against Germany that (to my very untrained eye) the US team is a “team”. They communicate well and seem to have each others’ backs. They’re super fun to watch. And yes, I may have a pink…

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A Mockingbird World Cup Review (So Far)

A Mockingbird World Cup Review (So Far)

I gave myself whiplash celebrating a USA goal. When Jermaine Jones scored in the 64th minute for the US to even the score at 1-1 with Portugal, I raised my fists and snapped my head back so rapidly as I roared that I had quite the headache, and was left massaging my neck. Yes, it was idiotic, but no, I don’t regret it.

I have fully bought into the fanaticism of the World Cup. I took a little bit too much pride in being able to recite all of the possible outcomes for the US going into the final day of…

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A Mockingbird Guide to the World Cup

A Mockingbird Guide to the World Cup

I was nine. It was the summer of 2002 in the early hours of the morning that the US shocked Mexico in the Round of 16 in the World Cup to advance to the quarterfinal. The excitement was electric. Nobody had expected it, but the cries of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” filled the room. It was the best the USA has ever done in a World Cup.

The World Cup is a sporting event like no other. It ignites more passion than any other, and it starts in less than a week. I realized that this is only the sixth World Cup I’ve…

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Redemption and the goal that woke up America

It was evident today as I was watching the USA vs. Algeria in soccer that we (the USA) were gonna lose. I gave up after watching Dempsey get called for off-sides and a goal being disallowed.

BUT, redemption happens. See, we believe that God works when we are dead. When it is over, there might just be a chance. And that is exactly what happened today for US soccer. Just when you think it is over, life begins.
Spiritual, Not Religious (and Vice Versa)

Spiritual, Not Religious (and Vice Versa)

A new poll published in USA Today yesterday reveals the 72% of “millennials” consider themselves more “spiritual than religious”. The article is worth reading, sort of – haven’t we been hearing about this for decades? A couple of takeaways include:

“The more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith.”“The 2007 LifeWay study found seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30, both evangelical and mainline, who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23. And 34% of those had not returned, even sporadically,…

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I’ve Been Consulting My WWJD Bracelet All Day And It Just Won’t Answer Me!

From a USA Today article entitled “Choice Bus Shows Students Two Sides Of Education”:

Anderson says, “I want to be somebody who makes something out of my life and not be in prison. I tell kids to think about what kind of child you want your mother to have, a prison child or someone who makes good choices in life.” (Yikes. Good luck, kids!)

Leonard Cohen And The Glory Story Bumper Sticker Reflex Part I

Leonard Cohen And The Glory Story Bumper Sticker Reflex Part I

Not A Marble Arch Or Victory March

I’m a little slow on the draw on this one but anyone else see the Olympics opening ceremonies? KD Lang sang a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (a song popularized by Jeff Buckley). I know I’m over-thinking it, but to me, this moment was a perfect example of our culture’s bumper sticker reflex to re-tool the meaning of something to mean the exact opposite of its original. Anybody remember Reagan’s use of The Boss’ “Born in the USA” lyric? Same idea, really.

To me, one of the most meaningful and chillingly real to…

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To Make You Feel My Love

A beautiful remake of a Dylan classic

When the rain is blowing in your faceAnd the whole world is on your caseI would offer you a warm embraceTo make you feel my love

When the evening shadows and the stars appearAnd there is no one to dry your tearsI could hold you for a million yearsTo make you feel my love

I know you haven’t made your mind up yetBut I would never do you wrongI’ve known it from the moment that we metNo doubt in my mind where you belong

I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blueI’d go crawling down the avenueThere…

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10 Favorite Non-Album U2 Tracks

10 Favorite Non-Album U2 Tracks

The band is back in the spotlight in a major way this week, with the release of their new record and their stint on Letterman. Needless to say, it’s put me in a serious U2 phase. But having heard their more well-known songs so many times, I find myself digging deeper and deeper into the catalog to get my fix. Here’s my current top ten non-album tracks, heavy on latter-day material:

Staring At The Sun [Monster Truck Mix]. I have to confess, after Achtung Baby, Pop is my favorite U2 record. And being a sucker for Oasis, I always loved “Staring…

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On Evangelism

On Evangelism

Last week David Browder posted a fascinating video of Penn (of Penn and Teller fame) sharing about a positive experience of being proselytized. I found it tremendously inspiring and very appropriate for the (church) season of Epiphany. Since this season is all about God making himself known to the world as its Savior, one of its major themes is “evangelism,” or sharing the faith with other people. God working through human beings to make himself known to the world. Sadly, the American Evangelical (a broad term, I know) idea of evangelism has become completely different from the picture we are…

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The Bond Market talks Original Sin

The Bond Market talks Original Sin

The short story here is that developing counties are no longer able to issue debt in their own currency, but have to issue in dollars. When a developing country issues debt in dollars, they can no longer print their own currency to pay off the debt, but they need to redeem it with dollars.

Issuing debt in foreign currency is deemed an ‘original sin’. In the event that your debt is denominated in a currency other than your own (or gold) and your currency begins to depreciate, the debt service payments can become unpayable.

Many of the developing countries that…

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Jesus as James Bond

Bond is back! Quantum of Solace proved to be an excellent Bond movie, well worth the ticket price, but this James Bond is a different sort of hero. No longer is he the Bond we’ve grown to love through countless USA network James Bond Marathons. He has less sex, makes fewer jokes, and manages to rip or bloody all of his clothes. Long gone is the untouchable Bond, who’s jokes are told through a smile while simultaneously winning the girl’s heart, killing the villain and saving the world.

Bond now has a real grit. He is fueled by revenge and carries…

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