Monday

Bar Service!





A man walks into a restaurant 
with his pet alligator under
his arm. "Do you serve tax 
collectors?", he asks the 
barman.

"Of course", says the barman. 
 "Well," replies the man,
"I'll have a root beer, 
and my alligator will 
have a tax collector."

4 comments:

Margaret Manning - RZIM said...

On my first day at seminary, I met my husband in the cafeteria. We were
married a year and a half later. What I remember about our first meeting
was my husband's long, black hair tucked neatly under his New York Yankees
baseball cap. The bits and pieces of our first conversation have faded
quite a bit. But I do remember, as we dined on institutional fare, that
we spoke of our favorite movies, places we had visited, and our plans
after seminary. I learned enough about my future husband that night to
know I liked him and hoped I would be able to dine with him again,
preferably over better food.

On that night, fifteen years ago, I received but a glimpse into the depths
of this person. But real knowledge, really knowing him, has been an
unfolding process. Certainly, learning facts about my husband helped me
to get to know him, but facts about him do not encompass my
knowledge of him. Knowing him emerged as we forged a life together--a
life filled with ups and downs, challenges and opportunities. And real
knowledge emerged when I stopped looking at my husband, and began
to look through him, understanding the world through his
perspective, seeing the world through his eyes. Knowing him and loving
him became inseparable qualities.

The knowledge that can arise in a marriage relationship is a helpful
picture for understanding the phrase "Truth is a person." Truth is not
simply arriving at all the right facts about a subject, nor is it
exclusively contained within the world of philosophical systems,
theological constructs, or clever argumentation. When the author of
Hebrews explains that "in these last days God has spoken to us in the
Son," there is the underlying assumption that this person is God's
definitive Word to humanity--God's truth revealed in the person of Jesus
(Hebrews 1:1-2). When we know Jesus we know the truth, and that truth is
bound up in the very person of Jesus.

The temptation, of course, is to equate knowledge with facts about someone
or something. When we think we know certain things about someone, or
certain ideas about something, we think we know the truth. This kind of
knowledge breeds arrogance, as the apostle Paul suggests in 1 Corinthians
8:1-3. "If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known
as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by God." How
does one come to love God? Is it by accumulating doctrines and principles
and ideas about God? Or is it by knowing God in the person of Jesus,
knowing that truth is a person? Knowledge, Paul suggests, is bound up in
love for God. More than knowing the facts about the God revealed in
Jesus, true knowledge colors our vision, informs our living, and
penetrates our very being so that we begin to see truth through knowing
Jesus. And as we truly know Jesus, just as in any relationship, we begin
to see the world through the eyes of the beloved.

My husband no longer has long hair, and he rarely dons his Yankees cap.
These two "facts" that identified him to me long ago, no longer reflect
the knowledge I now have of him. I've learned a great deal about him in
the fifteen years of our life together. Granted, my knowledge of my
husband encompasses certain "facts" I know about him, but truly knowing
him comes from loving him. In the same way, truly knowing God comes in
loving God--indeed, as we love God "we are known by God" in return.
In this sense, we have a new understanding, and are on our way to a new
definition of knowledge as love. As N.T. Wright has written about the
search for knowledge, "We might perhaps expect that in studying Jesus
himself we would find the clue to understanding not only the object we can
see through the telescope, the voice we can hear on the telephone, but
the nature of sight and hearing themselves. Studying Jesus, in other
words, might lead to a reappraisal of the theory of knowledge itself."(1)


Indeed, knowing Jesus means loving Jesus, and loving Jesus alters the
nature of knowledge from simply being the pursuit of an object to the
transformation of the subject itself. With knowledge as love, we stop
looking at Jesus, and start looking through him.

Margaret Manning is associate writer at Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) N.T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God
(Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992), 96.


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Adrian Monk said...

Anyone who has ever been to a baseball game has undoubtedly
heard the familiar lyrics, "Take me out to the ball game,
take me out with the crowd..." However, I bet you never
knew that this classic tune was created in 1908 when
entertainer/songwriter Jack Norworth scribbled some lyrics
on scrap paper during a train ride to Manhattan, New York.

Norworth later gave the lyrics to Albert Von Tilzer who
composed the music, and the song went on to be published by
the New York Music Company. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
was a hit before the year was over! It took Norworth a total
of 15 minutes to write a song that has been sung during the
seventh inning stretch at nearly every baseball game in the
country.

Captain Leland Stottlemeyer said...

The inventor of baseball is also credited with firing the
first Union shot of Civil war.

***

The baseball tradition of spring training came about because
in 1885 the Chicago White Stockings went to Hot Springs in
Arkansas to prepare for the new season.

***

In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 dollars for the return
of the baseball he hit for his 700th career home run.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs said...

In an effort to sell more licensed apparel, minor-league
baseball teams were changing their names so often that the
sport's governing body now limits franchises to team name
changes every three years.

***

The first perfect nine innings baseball game was achieved by
John Lee Richmond on June 12, 1880.

***
Baseball ended one of its oldest traditions in 1997 when
inter league play begin for the first time. This means that
teams from the American league can play National league
teams during the regular season. The first inter league
game was played on June 12, 1997.

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