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  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    Amen to all.

    I wasn’t present online to see what happened with our Vikes yesterday, but last night during a bout of insomnia, I pulled up on YouTube highlights of last year’s (sigh) wild victories agains Indianapolis (the greatest comeback in NFL history) and the Bills (insane “you-just-got-to-see-this” plays by Jefferson and the goal line TD). It was bittersweet in that I have to look BACK to good highlights.

    I’ve been pining a bit on LinkedIn about loving others in light of the garbage I experienced on a “christian” website a week or two ago. I’m gonna risk loving outsiders of the church.

    I also grew up saying ‘Thank you’ to my mom after every dinner she made. Simple but necessary manners!

    Regarding #3, yeah, I think I heard that one from someone with the initials John Piper.

  2. Michael says:


    It’s going to be a long, long, season…I’m shifting to hockey asap…

    Outsiders generally have less religious badge to beat his with, so I’m all for relationships with all.

    I’ve heard #3 from all manner of evangelicals…it used to cause me great conflict….used to…

  3. LInn says:

    I think that if you really love Jesus, you won’t have any difficulty expressing love profusely and openly to both people and animals. I’m not a gushy kind of person, but my students know i really care (even when it accompanied by a low growl of “where is your homework?”). Jesus certainly didn’t hold back on affection. He had close relationships with his disciples and the people to whom he ministered.

    No comments on football because I really don’t care to watch it. However, I keep up with which teams are ahead because that is a way to show my 91 year-old father that I love him. He runs a football pool out of his assisted living site.

  4. Dan from Georgia says:

    Honestly, I have never heard about the #3 trop until Piper wrote something about it a few years back.

    What hockey team do you root for? I still remember when a certain owner pulled up stakes and moved the Minnesota North Stars to Dallas. I’m following the MLB Twins now (that’s my number 1 sport) and will keep a distant eye on the Vikes.

    Sports and spirituality – I remember one time feeling guilty for enjoying following a team, but had to talk myself down from that hang up.

  5. Michael says:


    I’m an L.A. Kings fan…almost as long as I’ve been a Vikings fan.

    I have no guilt feelings about either… 🙂

  6. Michael says:


    Bless your father…I hope I’ll be doing the same thing if I make it that far…

  7. Officerhoppy says:

    “ One of the weirdest evangelical tropes is that we must be careful how much we love a pet or a person because you may love the aforementioned more than you love Jesus.”

    I’ve never heard a more asinine statement.

    I’m not an NFL football guy. It’s become more about politics than football. But I’m attached to the TV on Saturdays when the college games are on. Although, with college athletes receiving money to play and the transfer portal, I may switch to badminton! (Haha)

  8. Officerhoppy says:

    Did you know a guy from Medford played for your Vikings?

  9. Michael says:

    He wasn’t from Medford…he was from Prospect and I grew up with his family.

    His mom, dad, and sister were the salt of the earth…his brother was actually a better player than he was, but a knee injury did him in.

  10. The New Victor says:

    I love my dog (see avatar). Fight me. On second thought, don’t. She will stop you. She’ll love you otherwise though. Unless you’re a stranger who might violate the property lines.

  11. Officerhoppy says:

    He was from Prospect but after football, he lived off of hwy. 238. I did the music at his memorial. He had 2 Super Bowl rings

  12. filistine says:

    from a lifelongsuffering Lions fan–there’s always hope. 🙂

    Isn’t it strange that getting old somehow reveals what we should have known all along?

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