The Gringos’ Game
Three lives intertwine as a xenophobic populist is elected President of the United States.
For Lizzie Shaw, it’s merely the latest stop on the country’s decade long depressing train ride. She still can’t get over baseball being dead. And not just dead, but hated. It used to be a game whose mention conjured up the best of who America was. But that was before the players’ strike and the war, before the economic depression when most of the nation’s companies picked up and moved south, and before the major league owners created a new league in the Caribbean like nothing had ever happened. Now baseball was an object of racist vitriol and spite, a reminder of everything Americans had lost. Could a college girl like Lizzie ever change that?
For Donnie Watkins, it’s a chance to start over and put to bed his past of just being the poor kid from the country who has a dead mom and a dad suffering a crippling depression. Would his past haunt him forever?
And for Javier Colon, who rose from the barrio streets of Puerto Rico to assume the mantle of the late baseball great Roberto Clemente, he gets a chance to overcome his fear when his island home wants to declare independence. Did his life in baseball do enough to prepare him?
The Gringos’ Game explores what it takes to stand up for one’s friends, and how doing the right thing may be simple but never easy.
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Open Source Church: Making Room for the Wisdom of All
Open source software makes the basic program instructions available for anyone to see and edit. An “open source church,” likewise, is one in which the basic functions of mission and ministry are open to anyone. Members are free to pursue their callings from God that are consistent with what God has called the congregation to be and do.
In Open Source Church: Making Room for the Wisdom of All, Landon Whitsitt argues that Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that anyone can edit, should become the model for churches as they seek to develop new leaders and structures. The church anyone can edit. It kind of brings a smile to your face doesn’t it?
Theology Is Art
Theology has come under attack. Having lost their way, many would-be theologians have resigned themselves to a life of trying to prove the unprovable while others have forsaken theology altogether in favor of simply trying to “live the Christian faith.” Neither course has the capacity to bring together the Body of Christ.
In this digital monograph, Landon Whitsitt argues that for theology to fulfill its true purpose and potential it must be understood as an art form. Synthesizing the contributions of the great philosopher of art, Susanne Langer, and the “father of modern theology”, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Whitsitt asserts that theology is best understood as humanity’s “creation of forms symbolic of human feeling, which result from an encounter with God.”
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