Coach Richt: All Is Forgiven

I know that I have said some pretty harsh things about Mark Richt here on this blog.  But in light of recent developments, I now find it necessary to reassess things.

I applaud the decision to hand over playcalling responsibilities to Mike Bobo.  A very wise decision on the part of Coach Richt, and one that I am sure will lead to improved results in the future.

Matthew Stafford has shown dramatic improvement over the last two games.  And we have several new offensive line recruits coming in next year, including two junior college players who should be able to help out right away.

All in all, I feel a whole lot better about things than I did a couple of weeks ago.

My Reaction to The Brothers Karamazov–Part 25: A Meeting with the Schoolboys

In this post I wanted to focus on Alyosha’s first meeting with the schoolboys.  This meeting occurs in Chapter 3 of Book IV.

Alyosha is on his way from his father’s house to Madame Hohlakov’s when he meets a group of school-age children on their way home from school.  Alyosha attempts to strike a conversation with one of them by suggesting that he should carry his school bag on his left shoulder instead of his right.  We learn from the text that Alyosha’s intent is to get into the children’s confidence by making a practical suggestion; such a move would place himself and the children on an equal footing.  But his attempt backfires; it turns out that the boy is left-handed.

Just at that point another boy starts throwing stones at them–but it turns out that he is really throwing stones at Alyosha.  The boys all pick up stones and throw them back at him.  Alyosha tries to break up the fight, but to no avail.  Eventually the boy runs away, but waits for Alyosha to come after him.  Alyosha goes to him and asks why he was throwing stones at him.  But the boy curses him, bites his finger, and then runs away crying.

Not a very auspicious beginning for Alyosha in his relationship with these children.  But the key thing is, he tried.  He wanted to reach out and connect with the children, and be a positive influence in their lives.  So he made the attempt.  He was willing to put himself out there and say something, even if it was all wrong.  How many people are willing to do that in their relations with children, or with other people in general, for that matter? Continue reading “My Reaction to The Brothers Karamazov–Part 25: A Meeting with the Schoolboys”

“Jesus Healed My Wife”?

Along a very heavily traveled stretch of a major Atlanta interstate, one that I go on every day on my way home from school, there is a billboard with a picture of an older woman and big bodacious yellow lettering which says, “Jesus Healed My Wife, Psalms 91:14-16”

Psalm 91:14-16 reads as follows:  “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Here is my take on this:  If I were a woman and my husband were to put my picture on a billboard on a major interstate, that would be grounds for immediate divorce.  I would have to believe very strongly in the power of Jesus Christ to heal physically in order for something like that to be acceptable to me.

Where is the husband in all of this?  Why isn’t he in the picture with his wife?

That does not seem right to me.  The husband is supposed to be the spiritual leader in the marriage.  If the husband comes up with the idea to put his wife’s picture on a billboard on a major interstate, then he ought to be in the picture with her, as a show of support for her if nothing else.  I don’t think it’s right for a husband to put his wife’s picture on a billboard with “Jesus healed my wife” on it, exposing her to the scrutiny of tens of thousands of motorists who pass by there daily, while he hides out in safety and obscurity.  I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t seem to me like good spiritual leadership.