Three things I read today

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Something new on here I’m calling “three things I read today” which will me a (probably) strange amalgamation of my interests in sports, reformed theology and syntax.

Welcome.

Vox has 15 short posts on everything you should know about the Michael Brown shooting. I felt completely uninformed about it all so I went there and I feel a few standard deviations better. (Vox)

Why Tyron Smith has had to say “no” to his family. Really great read on money and fame. This paragraph is insane:

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Lecrae on success and what it means for Rickie Fowler

I love this from Lecrae.

I sort of wrote the same thing — using a lot more words — about Rickie Fowler and golf a few weeks ago. Lecrae is far more efficient and to the point.

The emptiness that comes with solely defining success in comparison to what the best in your field achieve is unfathomably deep.

The glory of adoption

“…in love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4-6)

The perils of blogging

When you commit to blogging and writing as a full-time job you’re swing to yourself “I’m committing to constructing something on a daily basis that people will analyze and project onto my personal life and character.

“I must do this thing well every day without fail (I cannot hide) no matter my mood or whether my wife hates or me or my kids are sick or I’m sick or I just don’t want to get out of bed.”

Every day. Every single day.

On being a lifelong learner

I loved this on being a lifelong learner as a Christian.

“The heart of lifelong learning that is explicitly Christian is not merely digging deeper in the seemingly bottomless store of information there is to learn about the world and humanity and history, but plunging into the infinite flood of Christ’s love, and how it all comes back to this, in its boundless breath and length and height and depth, and seeing everything else in its light.”

Desiring God

The value of obscurity

I was listening to this podcast between Lorne Michaels and Bill Simmons and Michaels said the following about the beginning of Saturday Night Live in 1975.

SNL had just received a terrible review in the New York Times and Michaels was strangely fine with it.

“It was sort of nice to be dismissed because we were just sort of left alone.”

There’s value in obscurity, especially when you first start.