There’s a reason why they call it March Madness, and it goes beyond things like the Mercer Bears, Dayton’s Cinderella run, overtime, buzzer-beaters, and vacation-days spent binge-watching nineteen year-olds you wish you could be.
The Madness goes beyond that because every year, during March, I actually watch people go mad. The AMA should look into this. In fact, anyone who knows me knows I speak from personal experience: March Madness makes you mad. (Don’t patronize me!!! My depression after John Wall and company lost to West Virginia in 2010 was real… and sad. At least I lost like five pounds.)
In Galatians 2:11-16, Peter visits the Gentile Christian headquarters in Antioch where Paul’s mission was currently based. This whole Gentiles-are-cool-with-us movement was a relatively new phenomenon, and at the time was gaining a stronger foothold among the Jewish Christians. The Jerusalem Council (Acts 15) had recently issued a favorable rule toward the Gentile people, and Peter comes to visit afterwards as a perceived advocate for their cause. (Acts 10; 15:7-12). His visit from Jerusalem to Antioch was assumedly a nice gesture to promote the good work being done here and offer his good graces as one of the utmost leaders of the emerging church.
A lot of you who click to read this blog recognize the world we live in today. It is a place brimming over with all sorts of information no more than a click of the mouse away. We have the world at our fingertips… literally. The average 20-something young adult has been exposed to more information by the time he or she hits 30 than the Venerable Bede did his entire life (at least it seems that way). But while having the secrets of the world simply a Google search away seems like a good thing, and sometime it is, it can also be a very bad thing for a lot of reasons.
Much of the data streaming across our Twitter feeds isn’t really about anything useful, but instead it is about particular people. Some of them are friends, but many of them are celebrities (see below – I’m a jock… sorry). Our culture, ever so loudly, has idolized celebrities in all realms and all walks of life.
There are celebrity hoopsters like LBJ. Celebrity writers like the infamous Dan Brown. Celebrity preachers. Celebrity trophy wives.
But then there are celebrity chefs, celebrity truck drivers, celebrity scientists, celebrity nannies, celebrity moms, celebrity cops, celebrity moon-shiners, celebrity idiots, celebrity _____ (you fill-in the blank). Continue reading →