The Horned Frogs, after a bye week, will be playing West Virginia University this Saturday. It’s exciting. I think it’s now the Game Day somethingerother and what have you. My friend Jamie is an editor at Frogs O War, the TCU site on sbnation.com, and he decided to have a little fun. A couple graphics incorrectly identified WVU as “Western Virginia University” last week, and in the spirit of good-natured ribbing, his site ran with it.
“TCU vs. Western Virginia game time set for 2:30 on FS1,” etc.
And then the comments and tweets and responses started rolling in. “Are you that much of an idiot?” “MORON!” Then FOW doubled down, “Those of us here at FOW like the longer character count [on Twitter] because typing Western Virginia University all the time uses a lot of letters.” More responses: “It’s NOT a REAL college. It’s TCU!!!” “You need a geography lesson.” “Apology should be made.” (You can read the full article here if you are so inclined.)
All of this is to say, sometimes the major point (in the case above, a joke) can be lost when we take ourselves too seriously. God is calling on us to let go of a lot—of power, of control, of fear, of scarcity, of worry, of pride—and though the Reign of God is much better, more full of life, more brilliant that what is, sometimes, we just can’t see the grace in the foolishness. What happens if God really does liberate? What happens if we can walk by faith? What happens if we take the next step in discipleship?
Through the rest of the month, we’ll be talking stewardship. We’ll be examining how Israel dealt with temptations in the desert, per the book of Exodus. We’ll be working through some of Jesus’ more challenging parables. And we’ll be in the round in worship. It’s going to be fantastic. I look forward to seeing you then.
P.S. I know when we rearrange the sanctuary some folks get really thrown off for a while. Thank you for taking that leap. Can I also say though that the congregational singing on Sunday was amazing and loud and brilliant and I loved it?