1.7.14 … big risk paying off …

 ballet, dance, risk takers, mighty girls, kith/kin,  CharlotteObserver.com: Loved this story about Barb and Pat’s wonderful daughter Ellie!!

JOHN D. SIMMONS – jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
Ellie Frith says physical and mental stamina are underrated components of what dancers do – and part of the reason she’s so proud of it. She takes classes online from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ eLearning Academy while attending Houston Ballet Academy’s year-round training program.

Ellie Frith performs in the snow scene of N.C. Dance Theatre‘s “Nutcracker” in 2011 in Charlotte.

“It was a big risk to take, but it looks like it’s paying off.”

via Dancer’s life takes pivotal turn | CharlotteObserver.com.

evangelicals,  Calvinist Revival, NYTimes.com:  This is a great article if you are interested in the differences and similarities of denominations.  However, I really don’t like the term evangelical …

As an increasing number of Christians know, the answer is “c.” The acronym summarizes John Calvin’s so-called doctrines of grace, with their emphasis on sinfulness and predestination. The T is for man’s Total Depravity. The U is for Unconditional Election, which means that God has already decided who will be saved, without regard to any condition in them, or anything they can do to earn their salvation.

The acronym gets no cheerier from there.

Evangelicalism is in the midst of a Calvinist revival. Increasing numbers of preachers and professors teach the views of the 16th-century French reformer. Mark Driscoll, John Piper and Tim Keller — megachurch preachers and important evangelical authors — are all Calvinist. Attendance at Calvin-influenced worship conferences and churches is up, particularly among worshipers in their 20s and 30s.

While many neo-Calvinists shy away from politics, they generally take conservative positions on Scripture and on social issues. Many don’t believe that women should be ministers or elders. But Serene Jones, the president of Union Theological Seminary, said that Calvin’s influence was not limited to conservatives.

Liberal Christians, including some Congregationalists and liberal Presbyterians, may just take up other aspects of Calvin’s teachings, Dr. Jones said. She mentioned Calvin’s belief that “civic engagement is the main form of obedience to God.” She added that, unlike many of today’s conservatives, “Calvin did not read Scripture literally.” Often Calvin “is misquoting it, and he makes up Scripture passages that don’t exist.”

Brad Vermurlen, a Notre Dame graduate student writing a dissertation on the new Calvinists, said that the rise of Calvinism was real, but that the hoopla might level off.

“Ten years ago, everyone was talking about the ‘emergent church,’ ” Mr. Vermurlen said. “And five years ago, people were talking about the ‘missional church.’ And now ‘new Calvinism.’ I don’t want to say the new Calvinism is a fad, but I’m wondering if this is one of those things American evangelicals want to talk about for five years, and then they’ll go on living their lives and planting their churches. Or is this something we’ll see 10 or 20 years from now?”

via Evangelicals Find Themselves in the Midst of a Calvinist Revival – NYTimes.com.

Cabbage Patch Kids, parents gone wild, kith/kin:  They are definitely funny, but …   I think my child would have killed me if I had made her wear one as a toddler!

And one of my favorite stories on my daddy is when the predecessor to the Cabbage Patch Dolls, Adoption Dolls handmade in North GA, were the rage one Christmas, he looked at a little girl in church on Christmas morning and said, \”I know what you have.\” She looked back at him hugging her doll very proudly and with a big grin on her face that turned to tears when he followed up, \”A Miss Piggy Doll.\” You have to admit there were similarities!  And although he was known for his wit, on this one, he was not being witty. He thought he was so “in the know” and ending up making the little girl cry.

This brand new Doll Baby Hat in Brunette from Melondipity is a hand-crocheted, 100% Cotton Doll Baby Hat made right here in the USA! This hat will have your little one looking just like an adorable Cabbage Patch Kid! With her chubby cheeks and big eyes she will look like the real thing. Fashion and function is our thing at Melondipity! This hat has it both. She will look adorable and she will also stay warm. You will be sure to get a lot of compliments in this adorable and funny hat!

via Cabbage Patch Kids-Inspired Hat.

Davidson Wildcats, Steph Curry, Warriors v. , The Heat, Lebron James: This one from a few days ago …

“I looked at the stat sheet at one point and he was 7-for-13 from the 3-point line and I was 7-for-12 from the field,” Lebron James said. “I was like, “Oh s—, he’s got more 3s than I got field goal attempts.”

The Heat had a game plan. The Heat tried to execute their patented death-by-strangulation strategy against Curry, the same one that they famously used to stymie Jeremy Lin in New York during Linsanity and Derrick Rose in Chicago during the 2010-11 playoffs.

But Curry was impervious. When the Heat trapped hard in the pick-and-roll, Curry more often than not maintained his composure and found the open guy. Usually that guy was Lee, who registered 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting and 14 rebounds of his own. In the end, five of Lee’s 13 buckets came from a Curry dish.

And when the Heat let up off the gas on their aggressive strategy in the second half, Curry went off. Attacking inside and out, Curry single-handedly outscored the Heat 10 to 8 in the opening six minutes of the third quarter, helping to break open a 14-point lead.

Smother Curry and he’ll split the defense and find teammates. Ease off and he\’ll unleash a soaring, back-breaking 3-pointer from the parking lot.

Pick your poison, NBA.

“One of the best shooters that the NBA will ever see,” James said after the game.  “With the way he handles the ball, and the light he has … It’s more than green. It’s fluorescent.”

James continued the Curry praise fest.

“I looked at the stat sheet at one point and he was 7-for-13 from the 3-point line and I was 7-for-12 from the field,” James said. “I was like, “Oh s—, he’s got more 3s than I got field goal attempts.”

via Daily Dime – ESPN.

bingo, kith/kin:  If you get this, then I know where you are on Wednesday nights.

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