It has been a good year for TEDS alumni in terms of journalistic endeavors and the Gospel. Consider the following:
Owen Strachan, a recent TEDS PhD grad, penned an important Atlantic article on Tim Tebow. Strachan concludes:
That is the message of the cross, where an innocent man was crucified, naked and gasping, on behalf of the guilty. It is the lodestar of every Christian, the confession that no one can stymie, whether we make our way through life as a mailman, a child with Down’s syndrome, or a football star.
Isn’t that what any of us should hope to do? Be faithful in big and small ways, with whomever we encounter, be they the cashier who gives us the wrong change, the co-worker who talks too much or (in Tebow’s case) the reporter who asks us a question?
Carl Park, TEDS MDiv alumnus and current PhD candidate, was mentioned in a New York Times article on NBA point guard and outspoken Christian Jeremy Lin. Park was quoted as saying:
“It’s just a real point of pride, the success he is having,” said Carl Park, a 35-year-old graduate student in Chicago and a first-generation Korean-American.
Park grew up a Milwaukee Bucks fan, but he roots for Lin wherever he plays.
“It represents a step for the Asian-American community as it becomes part of American culture more broadly,” Park said.
To illustrate his point, Park posted a humorous “Timeline for what Asian-Americans get called in pickup basketball” on his Facebook page. In 1980, it was “Bruce” (as in Lee). In 1995, “Jackie Chan.” In 2000, “Yao,” for Yao Ming.
In 2012, “Jeremy.”
The first examples came from Park’s own experience as a recreational player. The last, he hopes to hear.
“It’s nice there’s been some progress that way,” Park said, “in that younger guys might actually get called the name of an actual basketball player.”
Well done TEDS alumni. And well done TEDS on producing such influential thinkers for the church and for the Kingdom.