Archive for September, 2010


A friend of mine shared this video with me, and I wanted to post it here.  This video was made from an audio recording of a 12-year-old boy named Joshua interviewing his mother.  Animation was added to go with the audio.  It’s really sweet, and I can see a little bit of myself in him.

Here’s the original link to the movie:  http://storycorps.org/animation/q-and-a/

I was having some trouble getting the movie to run at that site, so here’s another one you can try if that happens to you too:  http://rauchbrothers.com/video/explore/q-and-a/

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One time when I was visiting my grandparents in western Pennsylvania, I was riding in the car with my grandfather when he pointed out a driveway.  “That’s where Bill Mazeroski lives,” he said.

Bill MazeroskiI looked out the car window in silent thought.  There was nothing that stood out about the driveway that disappeared into the woods, nothing that said “A Hall-of-Famer lives here.”  It was humble and unassuming, much like the man himself, based on everything I had read about the Pirates second baseman.

This past Sunday, on his 74th birthday, Bill Mazeroski was honored with the unveiling of a statue at PNC Park.  The statue, based on a photograph from 50 years ago, shows “Maz” in a leaping stride, arms outstreched, batting helmet in his hand, with a look of joy on his face.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said the man on whom the statue was based.  “I can’t believe this could happen to me, a little guy from a coal town on the Ohio River.  Geez, who could have ever dreamed of something like this?”

In all likelihood, it’s a dream that almost anyone who has played with a bat and ball has imagined at least once.  You’re batting in the biggest game there is, Game 7 of the World Series.  It’s the bottom of the 9th inning, and the score is tied.  You wait for the pitch, hit a deep fly ball, start rounding the bases, and hear the crowd roar as the ball goes over the outfield fence to win the championship for your team.

Countless people have surely imagined it, but in over a century of World Series baseball, only one has lived it.  And one of the most endearing things about Bill Mazeroski is that he seems to be more amazed by it than anyone.

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While I was on vacation, I read Prodigal God by Tim Keller.  It’s a short book that presents some teaching from Keller’s sermons about Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (or, perhaps more accurately, the story of the two brothers).

I had a lot of thoughts as I was reading, and I want to try to get some of them written down, though it’s hard for me to do as my thoughts are always changing.

A lot of the teaching in the book was familiar to me; I think that Keller does a good job of stressing the significance of both brothers in the parable and of explaining how their relationships with the father in the story mirror the relationships between humans and God:

“Jesus uses the younger and elder brothers to portray the two basic ways people try to find happiness and fulfillment: the way of moral conformity and the way of self-discovery.”

“Our Western society is so deeply divided between these two approaches that hardly anyone can conceive of any other way to live.  If you criticize or distance yourself from one, everyone assumes you have chosen to follow the other, because each of these approaches tends to divide the whole world into two basic groups.”

Keller does point out that people can move from one side to the other at different points of their lives.

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