Saturday, August 31, 2013

Another game to add to 'The Lost Years'

The University of Tennessee did not officially sponsor a football team during the 1894 and 1895 seasons. There was a student team lead by W.B. Stokely.  The 2013 UT football media guide lists six games for the 1895 season. Here's one that they haven't included. I assume that they just didn't know about it.

The (current) Tennessee School for the Deaf went toe to toe with the University school boys and ended in a 10-10 tie.  I'm not up on football of the mid 1890s but a few things stood out to me from the article.  There is not a quarterback listed.  Also, each team made two touchdowns and a goal.  How many points was a touchdown worth in 1895?  And what exactly was a goal?  Could the reporter have been wrong and they each made a touchdown (and PAT) plus a field goal?  That would make it 10-10.  More research is needed.

Knoxville Daily Journal - November 26, 1895

image from Genealogy Bank

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Communion Meditation - August 18, 2013

A few times per year I'm asked to provide a communion meditation at my church.  My brother shared one of his recent communion meditations so I figured that I should do the same.

In 2006, a book by Elizabeth Gilbert was published.  It was called: Eat, Pray, Love.  The story chronicles her trip around the world and what she discovered.  I haven’t read it and I probably won’t.  It was made into a film starring Julia Roberts.  I probably won’t watch the movie, either.

So what does this have to do with our communion time?  What’s the title again?  Eat, Pray, Love.  What are some of the things we are to do as Christians? 

Eat.  Break bread together.  Share in communion, both the bread and the wine and the fellowship.  Commune with one another.

Pray.  Were you listening to Harold’s sermon?  I hope that you were.  Pray.  Together.  Pray for courage and power.  Pray.

Love.  This is not an option.  If we are to live like Christ then we are to love like Christ.  Sacrificially.  Unending.   Selflessly.

The memoir was subtitled: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia.  She travelled the world trying to find fulfillment.  All she had to do was look to the living Christ, the one who instituted this meal.  As we take the elements this morning, remember the One who died for your sins.

Let’s pray:  Dear Heavenly Father.  Thank you for your goodness and for your grace.  Help us to Eat, Pray, and Love in a manner that is pleasing to you.  We love you.  Amen.