Cubs Win! (the 1908 World Series) Could It Be Again in 2016?! (YES, It Is!) Cubs Win! (the 2016 World Series!)

MAJOR UPDATE: the Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Champions of Major league Baseball! Incredible! Indisputable! Repeatable?!

Did you really expect me to be silent on this all week?! I just did not want every post to be about the Chicago Cubs in the World Series for the first time in 71 years (1945), anticipating their first series triumph in 108 years. 🙂


Regardless of what happens tonight, what a great series it has been! We have seen it all already – masterful pitching, clutch hitting, dynamic fielding, fantastic managing, and incredible fan support. Great for baseball. Great for true fans of the game.

Tonight should be a classic, whether it ends up being a pitchers’ game or a hitters’ game. And when the Cubs win, well, it will be simply bliss in Wrigleyville. And in a certain home in Hudsonville.

Hey, we did it in 1908! over the Tigers! “Michigan in Pictures” featured that 1908 World Series last Friday, and so we reference it today, along with a part of that post (below) and a picture of those 1908 champions.Be sure and check out that scorecard from 1908.

Are you picturing what I am after tonight’s game?! That’s right, a photo of the Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Series Champions. has a great account of the 1908 World Series that includes photos and a recap of each game. SPOILER ALERT: The Cubs won. They do a great job of setting the stage:

The 1908 series, with the Cubs facing the Detroit Tigers — who were led by the greatest hitter of his era, Ty Cobb — was only the fifth World Series ever played between the National League and the upstart American League which had been in existence as a “major” league only since 1901. The NL was formed in 1876.

The great American writer Mark Twain was still alive the last time the Cubs won the World Series, as was the legendary Apache Chief Geronimo, as Sports Illustrated writer Mark Rushin noted in his history of the 1908 World Series. Both Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were still around, and so was former slave and crusading abolitionist Harriet Tubman who, more than a century later, is about to get her face on the U.S. $20 bill.

Movies were still silent, and though radio had been invented about a decade earlier, the first baseball game broadcast in the new medium wouldn’t happen until 1921, 13 years after the Cubs last won the World Series.

Source: Tigers, Cubs, and the 1908 World Series


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On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tim Challies

The latest edition of “On My Shelf” (Oct.25, 2016), a book and author feature published by the Gospel Coalition features well-known author/pastor Tim Challies.

Below is a portion of the interview with him. Find out what books have influenced Challies and what he is currently reading (and why he keeps a Kindle by his beside instead of a stack of books). For the rest of the interview, use the link below.

What books have most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others for the sake of the gospel? 

When I’m asked this question, I always go back to a handful of books I discovered and read at just the right points in life: The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul gave me a glimpse of God’s holiness and an awareness of my desperate lack of holiness; The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges showed me the centrality of the gospel in all of life and taught me how to preach it to myself day by day; Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen taught me why and how to put sin to death. More recently, Al Mohler’s The Conviction to Lead helped me consider the importance of deep convictions and leadership that flows out of those convictions. Mohler promises that his book will change the way the reader leads, and he delivers on that promise. These are all books I’ve read repeatedly and recommend often.

What’s the best piece of wisdom you’ve learned over the years of reading?

I think it has to be the idea that I can’t judge a book’s effect only by what I remember of it a week or a month later. I’ve learned to trust that a book does something to me in the reading, not just in the remembrance. I find this comforting since I so often find I don’t remember a whole lot about a book after reading it. Sometimes I don’t even remember reading it at all! Still, I trust it has benefited me in some way. Sermons are like that too, I think—they do something in us in the moment, even if we can’t exactly quantify it later on.

Apart from that, it would be the value of deliberately varying my reading. It’s easy to read narrowly but far more difficult to read widely. It’s been fun to challenge myself to read a variety of books spanning a variety of categories and to press myself to keep mixing it up every year.

Source: On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tim Challies