It seems I’m always destined to miss the best things when I step outside of our wondrous country. During my two-week vacation abroad, I came across a headline that certainly surprised me.
The big, bold text read “Food Network ends relationship with Paula Deen.” Over what, I wondered. Could it be they’d finally become tired of her unchanging Southern hospitality act? Or maybe they decided viewers could obtain information on healthier cooking tips without her fried fortress taking up real estate. Read more
(An Ode to Independence Day)
By Justin Poythress
America is baseball and apple pie, but so much more:
America is red, white, and blue
America is the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful
America is Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers
America is the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge
Note: This piece has been adapted into a blog post from an essay I wrote earlier this year; therefore, parts of it are semi-academic in nature.
“’The weight of knowledge is too great for one mind to absorb. He saw a time when one man would know only one little fragment, but he would know it well’”
– Lee from East of Eden
As we continue to strive at The Wise Guise to highlight various topics and various voices, we’ve been honored to be able to interview Tennesseans who are making big splashes in various aspects of life. This week, we’re honored to interview Jason Hood, who currently lives in Memphis with his wife and four kids under the age of ten. He’s also a professor and pastor. His book, “Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing a Biblical Pattern,” was recently published. Check out that link and read more about it on Amazon.com. After you read this interview, you’ll probably want to order it. (The book is 40% off on Amazon and at Christian Book Distributors. For those of you in Memphis, you can also get it at the Second Presbyterian Church bookstore.) Check out my interview below with Jason, where we discuss the Christian life, what the Bible has to teach us about that life, recent and ancient theological debates, and so much more. Hilarious as he is insightful, as humble as he is faithful, you won’t want to miss this excellent interview.
June 6, 1944. One of the turning points in modern history. You don’t have to be a history nerd like me to realize the importance of that day on everything that came afterwards.
The sacrifices. The courage. The odds stacked against us. The first research paper I ever wrote analyzed D-Day, why it should have failed, and why it succeeded. But I’m hardly qualified, on this day, to provide any sort of wisdom or reflection. Besides, my best friend Jay Salato did that so well last year when he was at the American Cemetery on D-Day and participated in the ceremonies. You can read all about that in this post from last year.
Instead, to commemorate D-Day, I’m going to provide you with the words and images that resonate most strongly in my mind. Three YouTube videos that I urge you to watch and/or listen to on June 6, 1944. It’s a day that should be remembered more often than it is. God Bless those who fought, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of millions, and these United States of America!
I always love when I get reminders that the many friends of The Wise Guise are infinitely more brilliant and world-changing than we are. And, whenever I get the chance, I want to use this little-blog-that-hopefully-could to highlight the work that our friends are doing around the country and around the world. In fact, it’s something I want our blog to start doing more.
So as many of you grit and grind away on this first Monday in June, I wanted to share with you a short video from my dear friend, Banks Benitez. Banks was a fraternity brother of mine at Vandy and one of my best friends. He’s currently doing some amazing work at the Unreasonable Institute. God is using him in amazing ways.
But a very surprising way is by speaking at Impact Boulder. Here’s his quick summary of what he was asked to do: “I was selected to give a speech here in Boulder at Ignite Boulder, which is a quarterly gathering for the tech community that features 12 speakers, 5 minutes per presentation, 20 slides, and 15 seconds per slide (advancing automatically). It’s fun and lighthearted and the audience (about 1,000 people) are all well on their way to being less than sober. You can’t pitch your business, so it’s silly topics like embracing awkwardness.”
So Banks, who we’ll just say is nowhere close to one of the most extroverted friends I had in college, stepped up on the stage with his parents in the audience, and talked about embracing awkwardness. By embracing awkwardness.