Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Double Takes

In the last several days, I have seen, heard, read, and experienced some things that have caused me to do a double take.

As in:  “did I really just see that, hear that, read that, or experience that?”  So I look again.

These double takes involve moments from all different areas of life. 

Perhaps you saw them as well . . . and then, just to make sure what you saw was real, you looked again.

Here they are:  my Top Five Double Takes.

1.  David Ortiz’s first pitch grand slam home run off the Tigers to tie up Game 2 of the ALCS.  With one crack of the bat, the Red Sox might just have gone from no chance to can’t miss.

2.  A new-to-me duet from Dwight Yoakam and Michelle Branch called “The Long Goodbye.” I heard it while watching Imus In The Morning.  One of those rare songs I liked a lot at first hearing.

3.  Isaiah 40:26 — 

Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these stars,
the One who leads forth their host by number, he calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of his might and the strength of his power, not one of them is missing.

4.  How good looking the Buick LaCrosse has become.  A  Buick?  Really?!  Really.  Even so, I’m still not convinced Shaq drives one.

5.  One of the highest profile members of the Reconciling Ministries Network inadvertently mimicking my own argument regarding the bible and homosexual intercourse.  In an online journal about the recent “ChurchQuake” Conference hosted by the RMN, Pastor Becca Girrell expressed her discomfort with a seminar on polyamory — multiple, concurrent sex partners — with these words:

I got distracted looking at Twitter, where people were posting from the “queer sexual ethics” workshop. Some tweets intrigued me, some made me uncomfortable, and some were things with which I strongly disagreed, the latter two often about poly. I’m kind of all about monogamy, and I know that my approach to polyamory sounds just like the approach to homosexuality I fight against: “It’s just not what I think marriage/relationships/etc are.”

That line of reasoning is exactly the question I brought up for my colleagues on the theological left in this post called “Help Me Understand.”