Staying at home, avoiding large gatherings, homeschooling online, streaming movies… we’re all doing pretty much the same stuff right? There is almost nothing else on the news to speak of but let’s see if we can’t find one or two headlines besides covid-19 to review.
Kenneth Dalton Rogers, age 81, passed away on March 20th. He died of natural causes at his home on hospice care. Known for The Gambler, a hit song turned into a franchise of t.v. movies, he was very popular in the 70’s and 80’s and often associated with Dolly Parton. He appeared in a GEICO commercial in 2015 still paying homage to the success of The Gambler. I recommend finding that on YouTube, if you get bored.
Curly Neal, of Harlem Globetrotter fame, passed away on March 19th at the age of 77. An official cause of death has not been announced but it is not believed to be related to coronavirus.
This week on the Master’s Table I published a long essay about what makes us stronger. We Need Something to Push Against describes a few examples of adversity making us stronger. Muscles that don’t exercise get weak. The same applies to our faith. The folks we refer to as The Greatest Generation grew up during the Great Depression then came together and rose up to fight World War II. Historically Christianity spreads and grows in the face of persecution. We must find ways to be the Church outside of the church walls at this time. Use this opportunity to strengthen ties with family. Continue to study the Word and worship together. Be the church for your family, friends, neighbors and strangers. We can come through this stronger than we were before and the Church can be better for it.
Scott Barkley at the Christian Index read my post last week (What were the Chances?) and contacted me with some follow up questions. So maybe an article about my new mission field at Kroger to look forward to.
The 5th of May falls on Tuesday on the 2020 calendar. That’s right, Cinco de Mayo will be on Taco Tuesday. Follow the guidelines and let’s get this thing wrapped up. For the first time in history we can save the world by sitting on the couch and watching t.v. Don’t blow this.
Notice anything different about YouTube? So many people are staying home, by force or by choice, that the amount of streaming video is overwhelming the system. YouTube now defaults to SD (standard definition) in order to accomodate more streams in the available bandwidth. Facebook has seen an 80% rise in the download and use of their apps. There was an issue with archived FB Live videos but they are working to get that resolved. (No, it was not a coordinated effort to delete worship services.)
I’ve been on both sides of that issue.
I’m gonna wrap up this week with a couple of videos. The first is a PSA from Max Brooks, son of comedian Mel Brooks. The second is a retooled version of Sweet Caroline brought to you by the legend himself Neil Diamond. I love the creative ways people find to deal with the isolation. I cannot imagine going through this a couple of decades ago without internet. Peace and God bless.