White-Collar Football. If you follow football long enough, you start to become aware of some glaring platitudes that are at best trite and at worst vaguely racist. Black guys are always fast and athletic; white guys are always “tough, gritty, always in the right place.” They’re never just, you know, fast. And the black guys are never gritty-gritty or “smart and heady.” They’re flatly athletic. So if the white guy messes up it’s because he doesn’t have the God-given speed; if the black guy messes up it means…what exactly? He’s not smart?
In the same way, teams from Pittsburgh and Green Bay are called “blue-collar, tough” football teams (not top-tier athletes in excellent shape, of course). EDSBS wonders: What would a white-collar team look like?
Goodbye, ‘Mister.’ This is interesting: The Wall Street Journal’s sports section is dropping the paper’s policy of referring to sources by “Mr.” and “Mrs.” I guess that makes sense (Mr. Manning sounds okay, but Mr. Jeter? Ulgh) , but I kinda liked how distinctive it sounded. Oh well.
What to read if you want to write better. Spring break is coming up, and plenty of college students use the free week to do some reading for pleasure instead of professors. John Starke, an English professor at Houston Baptist University and Gospel Coalition editor, suggests some good books to aspiring (Christian) writers. (HT: JT)
Pastoral Search Committees? Mark Dever and Bobby Jameison offer some thoughts on pastoral search committees. Dever lists nine way (as is his wont, I guess) that pastoral search committees are a bad idea; Dever and Jameison together offer reasons why an elder-led pastoral search is a good alternative.