Soap Box Derby Cars

December 27th, 2010

Email This Post Email This Post

The cars are sleek—but they only operate by gravity.

In the early 1930s, a Dayton Ohio news photographer watched three boys race cool-looking engine-less cars down an inclined street. A year later, The Soap Box Derby was born. It features aerodynamic cars operating by gravity. It’s the same dynamic that drives many contemporary ministries—and presents a dilemma.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Weekend Update

December 20th, 2010

Email This Post Email This Post

In 1938, the “Chase and Sanborn Hour” was the most popular radio program. “Mercury Theatre on the Air” ran second—until Mercury’s dramatist, Orson Welles, updated an old story, War of the Worlds. It proved stunning. This weekend, you will likely hear an updated version of Christmas. Will it however prove stunning… or sappy?

Read the rest of this entry »

Talking About Practice

December 13th, 2010

Email This Post Email This Post

Alan Iverson understood talking about practice misses the point.

A few years ago, as Alan Iverson’s play declined, the press honed in on his poor practice habits. This incensed the former NBA all-star. “I’m supposed to be the franchise player and we’re talking about practice… not the game… practice. How silly is that?” It’s not so silly. Iverson understood that practice is not the point of the game—a point that often escapes the American faith community when focusing on church attendance.

Read the rest of this entry »

Termite Damage

December 6th, 2010

Email This Post Email This Post

The trailer looked good but it was actually gutted.

When my parents—snowbirds—set their sights on purchasing a trailer in Florida, they found one that looked good. A closer inspection revealed termite damage. Americans got a closer look at Congress when the House censured Representative Charles Rangel. How many saw termite damage? It goes well beyond Congress to a culture where shame, conscience, and guilt have been gutted.

Read the rest of this entry »