Chris Conley’s Hiatus from the 4 Year Hiatus

I came across this piece by senior writer Ivan Maisel at ESPN.COM on Christ Conley (Senior Wide Receiver at the University of Georgia) this morning and wanted to highlight it here. If you’re a reader of this blog and you don’t live in Athens, Georgia or follow the Georgia Bulldogs then you’ve probably never heard of Chris Conley (unless you’re a fan of another SEC college football team). If, however, you are aware of Conley then you will know that he is not your average college student or college football player at that. I want to make a brief comment on something this article touches but before I do you really do need to read the article for context (it’s worth your time!!).

Welcome back!

Pretty amazing profile for a 21 year old young man right?!

Ivan Maisel points out many unique characteristics in this profile of Chris Conley but there is one in particular that I would like to highlight. Maisel makes a point to show Chris Conley’s unique attitude in approaching his 4 years in college compared to both your average college student and your big-time college football player.

Conley came in to college with a vision and goals about what he wanted to do that went beyond the classroom and the football field. There seems to be an overriding assumption in our culture that someone’s 4 years of college serve as a 4 year hiatus from society. College serves as a time for 18-22 year old students to let loose and to simply fulfill their singular expectations in academics or athletics.

The problem with this view is that taking a 4 year hiatus from society doesn’t prepare someone to return to society on the other side. Whether we like to believe it or not, 1,461 (don’t forget leap-year!) days of living a certain type of lifestyle does not get erased the moment you’re handed a diploma.

Living in a college town and working at a big university has given me an opportunity to see that the lives students live out over their 4 years has a much bigger impact on their years after college than their “ideas” and “hopes” for the future do. another thing Maisel pointed out in the article is that Conley is a “doer”. Conley spoke of things he wanted to do and then began to pursue them.

Conley hasn’t waited for his 4 year hiatus from society to end before he begins investing his life in things that matter, in fact, Conley has decided to take a hiatus from this traditional 4 year hiatus. Let’s hope he’s not the only one.

Food for thought.


Maturity & the Church

Yesterday morning Caroline & I read Ephesians 4 as a part of our family worship. We finished reading the book of Acts a couple of weeks ago and decided that we would next read through the shorter letters of Paul a chapter at a time (starting at Galatians and reading through the Pastoral Epistles). As we were reading through Ephesians 4 I noticed that Paul described the church’s growth in terms of “maturation”. Here’s what he says:


The Myth of Individualism

In perhaps one of the most debated passages of the new testament the Apostle Paul presents a vision of human relations that has been all but lost. The chapter is 1 Corinthians 11 and the vision is one of interdependence. Perhaps the reason this vision of interdependence has been lost is due to the fact that it’s embedded in a long passage that deals with “head coverings!”


“People as Projects” & Our Truncated View of Conversion

As I was skimming through my Twitter feed yesterday I noticed a post from Relevant Magazine that looked as though it was a bash on turning non-Christian friends into “Religious Projects”. I didn’t read the article because (to be honest) Relevant Magazine is about the least relevant thing to me (not sure why I still follow them?). Anyway, the title got me thinking a bit about why there is even a discussion about turning people into “Conversion Projects”.


Dipping My Toe in the Courtship Discussion

You may be aware that the discussion of “courtship” has been making its rounds through the Christian blogosphere lately. Thomas Umstattd kicked things off by writing “Why Courthsip is Fundamentally Flawed“. Douglas Wilson, a defender of courtship, responded here and again here. Before I voice any opinion on the topic I must completely disqualify myself from the discussion considering I am not a father and did not court Caroline before we got married. That being said, I’d like to dip my toe in the discussion to say one quick thing and quickly head for the door.