Archive for April 2013


April 12, 2013

HumilityWell, it finally happened. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the legendary center of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, got his statue. About a year and half ago Abdul-Jabbar complained when a statue of star shooting guard Jerry West was placed outside the Staples Center:

“I don’t understand (it). It’s either an oversight or they’re taking me for granted. I’m not going to try to read people’s minds, but it doesn’t make me happy. It’s definitely a slight. I feel slighted.”

In a subsequent statement passed along by his business manager, Abdul-Jabbar said: “I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgement of my contribution to Laker success. I guess being the lynchpin for five world championships is not considered significant enough in terms of being part of Laker history.”

In today’s Old Testament reading, King Nebuchadnezzar erects a 90 foot statue that he wants everyone to bow down to and worship. (more…)

Revealing the Mystery

April 11, 2013

Outstanding RocksIt’s been a while since I’ve done any blogging. I want to keep future blog posts short, mainly so that people can find time to read them, and so that I can find the time to write them.

Today I simply want to remind myself and others about the mystery – the mystery of the kingdom of God. In today’s Old Testament reading King Nebuchadnezzar commends Daniel’s God as well as Daniel himself: “For you were able to reveal this mystery!” Daniel was able to tell Nebuchadnezzar not only the interpretation of the king’s dream, but the dream itself. The dream was about present and future kingdoms, and about a final kingdom that would “bring about the demise of all these kingdoms” and “stand forever.” Several hundred years later Jesus announced the imminent arrival of this final kingdom – the kingdom of God. This was Jesus’s “gospel.” This is the good news that he preached and lived. (more…)