This week’s DHD covers a variety of topics. Here we are!
- The slap
After a week of comments and insights from Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, I’m going to offer the most boring and undramatic answer.
First, the Chris Rock joke was in bad taste and shouldn’t have been said. Second, Will Smith could have reacted better.
Looking back, I believe the best way for Smith to respond would have been to confront Rock privately. “Hey, I didn’t appreciate your joke about my wife” might have been an acceptable comment to make sometime after the show, or if the occasion permitted, sometimes off-camera during the show.
Shortly after the prank was made, he could have said to Jada, “I’ll tell Chris something later.”
Here’s my point, and again it’s annoying and blah, but it’s better to confront someone in private. There is no emotional turmoil and, for Smith, no fallout from his hampered reputation.
A common business practice in employee relations is to praise publicly and correct privately.
With social media, it’s so easy to start a qualm with people on Facebook or in the variety of chat rooms. With video cameras on cell phones, it’s so easy to film a public altercation, and we live in a society that loves train wrecks.
I suggest going against society and keeping privacy. It’s OK not to vent your grievances to the world. If you have a problem with someone, talk to that person and only to them. There will likely be less emotion and perhaps more constructive interaction.
- Live quiet lives
With this example, let’s go further for Christians. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians:Seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands, as we have commanded you, so that you can behave properly in the presence of strangers and depend on no one. (I Thess. 4:11-12).
What does Paul mean by “lead a quiet life”? In my Sunday School lesson this weekend, the teacher’s book offers this commentary on a quiet life:
“This does not mean that believers should withdraw from society or the gospel. Instead, Paul encouraged a calm and quiet life while maintaining a “noisy” testimony for Christ.
My Life Application Bible offers this commentary on I Thess. 4:11-12, “You cannot be effective in sharing your faith with others if they do not respect you.”
It is important to tell the truth when it has to be shared. But, as I learn in my life, it is equally important (perhaps more important) that the truth be accepted. Sometimes how you say it is more important than what you say.
In other words, speak privately and respectfully with someone about a disagreement instead of yelling at someone on social media or making a public scene. Sharing the Gospel is always more important than winning an argument.
I also remember this saying from years ago: “Whoever wins the most arguments has the fewest friends”. Make as many friends as possible to win them for Christ!
- Youth and Waters
There isn’t much intriguing left this season for Thunder fans. With six games left, the Thunder are trying to put themselves in the best position for the NBA Draft this summer. Tonight’s game against Detroit is really interesting, as the Pistons picked up a shock victory against Philadelphia last night. OKC has 22 wins; Detroit was 21. The NBA’s three worst records share the same percentage of getting the first draft pick. Houston and Orlando each have 20 wins and hold the bottom of the standings, so the outcome of tonight’s Detroit-OKC game will be interesting.
If you don’t like the tanking process, consider a more fun element with Thunder’s current roster. Lindy Waters III is a recent addition to the Thunder, and Waters has a fun history in Oklahoma. He grew up in Norman, played high school with Tray Young in Norman North, played high school at Oklahoma State, played semi-pro ball at Enid, then in the G-League with the Oklahoma City Blue and now lives a funny dream. play in the NBA with the OKC Thunder. All of his stops are in Oklahoma, which is pretty remarkable.
Plus, Waters has become a fun player to watch. If you like 3-point shooters, Lindy is your man.
Last Wednesday, Young was in town with the Atlanta Hawks and put on quite the show with 41 points against the Thunder. Waters also led the Thunder with 25 points. Two guys from Norman North leading their respective NBA teams in scoring during a game.
I really like Berry Tramel’s take on the Young-Waters game:
How many times in NBA history has there been a game in which high school teammates were the leading scorers for each team? I do not know. I’m sure it’s happened before.
Too many players from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, or DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, or DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland, for that not to have happened.
But it happened Wednesday night at Paycom Center, where the Hawks crushed the Thunder 134-118. Atlanta was led by Trae Young, with 41 points and eight assists. OKC was led by Lindy Waters III, with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
Young and Waters were teammates with Norman North in 2013-16. In 2015-16, Waters’ senior season and Young’s junior season, the Timberwolves reached the Class 6A state championship game, before losing to Putnam West.
Our man Joe Mussatto wrote about the Young-Waters reunion. But I had a few things to add.
► I realized on Wednesday night that Waters had made those last few weeks of Thunder Watch bearable.. With full tanking and the best Thunder players sitting there, there’s little incentive to watch.
Of course, keen observers will focus on player development with Theo Maledon and Isaiah Roby and Aaron Wiggins and Aleksej Pokusevski. But the truth is, with most Thunder projects, we’ve seen enough this season and last.
No offense, but a fan can only take a certain number of Poku.
Now Waters has come, a local kid, from OSU, with all sorts of big storylines, from his Native heritage to his minor league run as recently as last season.
Waters is the ultimate attraction story for this guy, and he gives himself a shot at getting another shot. He’s averaging 7.4 points per game, shooting 36% from 3-pointers and hasn’t been a defensive liability.
I don’t know if Waters will be in the NBA next season, but at least he has a chance to continue the incredible story.
► Young’s story is well told, and I don’t have much to add. Except that.
We hope Young will inspire young players on at least two fronts. He made decisions at 18 that went against the grain.
First, Young opted to stay at Norman North for his senior year when most established basketball players were urging him to play at one of those basketball boarding schools, like Oak Hill.
Second, Young chose OU over Kansas and Kentucky. Blueblood schools increasingly bring together top talent. Check out Duke’s current roster, for confirmation. But Young chose the Sooners’ hometown.
Two unconventional picks from Young. And both paid off.
Young remained a phenomenon in high school, even in North. Young became a college sensation, leading the NCAA in scoring and assisting in his lone Sooner season.
Young finished fifth in the 2018 NBA Draft, transformed the Hawks, led them to the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals and is now a runaway superstar.
Young has shown that the road less traveled can get a great player where he wants to go. Stay in high school. Choose a university outside of the four or five genealogy programs.
Waters and Youth. Two great stories, very different but each very successful in their own way, and they converged in downtown Oklahoma City on Wednesday, for an otherwise meaningless game that gave us much to cheer about.
A sequel to something Tramel wrote, Waters has a two-year contract with the Thunder as a two-way player, which means he should be on the team for next year, at least.
- Durant’s jersey retired
Kevin Durant continues to make waves. Can you believe it’s been six years since he left the Thunder for Golden State?
He made headlines this week saying the Thunder and Golden State should retire his jersey. Yes he is right. Of course, he’s still playing, so it seems a bit awkward to talk about shirt removal. But yes, the Thunder should retire their jersey if necessary.
Can we move now?
- Most popular worship songs and sermon topics
Baptist Press has a fascinating article of the most popular worship songs sung in worship services and the most popular sermon topics in 2021.
According to a database called Faithlife, “Build My Life” was the most sung song at church services last year. If you’re unfamiliar with this song, it begins with “Worthy of all the songs we could ever sing…” The title was caught off guard, but I know the song and love to sing it.
You can check other popular songs in the article.
When it comes to sermon topics, the most popular Bible passages last year were Eph. 4:14-21, which focuses on the uniqueness of the Body of Christ. I ask my pastor friends if any of you preached on Ephesians 4 last year?
- Well done, DR!
Tornado season came early in Oklahoma as an unexpected funnel cloud wreaked havoc in southeastern Oklahoma in the Madill/Kingston area on March 21. Two churches were affected, as well as many houses.
Baptist messenger posted several updates last week on the work being done by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) in this area. Fortunately, DR served just over a week, with his Incident Command Center stationed at Madill, First. View the latest report here.
As reported by State DR Director Don Williams, DR team members assisted 40 homeowners with property damage, provided more than 500 meals with more than 200 chaplaincy contacts, and those who served in this area represented more than 40 Oklahoma Baptist churches from around the world. State.
It’s never fun to experience a tornado, but thankfully Oklahoma Baptist DR is available to serve when such storms occur and seize such opportunities to advance the gospel.