My boy’s introduced the Kinnons to Brad and Roxi Bergfalk in Nairobi back in 2002. We were all there doing some teaching. (Well, not the kids – but the adults certainly were – the Bergfalks were working @ the out of town campus.) Brad had seen Liam’s hair on a basketball court and assumed he was an American kid.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Brad’s blog for the year’s he’s been writing it – but with his recent move back to the rainy Pacific Northwest (his childhood home) from Upstate New York – his blog had gone quiet.
A rookie player for the Mariners had his first at bat in the big leagues. He hit the ball into shallow right center field and the fans rose to their feet and cheered. And they continued to cheer as this young man stood on first base grinning from ear-to-ear. This was not about winning or losing. This outburst of support was for a rookie ball player who, standing on first base with sweat beading up on his brow, had his first hit in his professional career as a big league ballplayer. The score of the game didn’t matter (the Mariners did in fact lose again). In an act of utter humanity, Mariner and Red Sox fans alike reveled in the joy of this young man’s accomplishment.
Sometimes the score of the game doesn’t matter. Sometimes there are human moments where our common humanity and a job well-done transcends which team you cheer for.
It’s amazing to me the number of Evangelical Covenant Church bloggers I read, including Jamie Arpin-Ricci, Erika Haub, John Frye (see Michael Spencer’s interview with John), Brad Bergfalk, Brad Boydston and Scott McKnight. John Frye says this about the ECC,
The reason I like the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination (an institution) is because it has the life, energy and feel of a movement. The E.C.C. community is relationally driven. I believe the church is to be relationally driven, i.e., relationships with God, with one another, with those needing faith, and with creation. I think a relationally-driven Jesus community will emphasize expressions of radical love in word and action, will be uncomfortably embracing of the neglected and marginalized, will care deeply for people and their stories, that is, listen 90% in the relationship and talk 10%. There will be a lot of laughter, too, as we lived relaxed and hopeful in our faith.