Would Jesus Play…Pickleball?
Episode 3 in the series: Would Jesus Play…?
Second sport: Pickleball
Brian and Chad each offer three reasons why Jesus might have played pickleball and one reason why He might not have.
Chad’s #1: “Down the middle solves the riddle.” The most effective way to play pickleball–and follow Jesus, is to stick to the middle.
Brian’s #1: The pickleball community is inclusive and generous, just how Jesus would want it.
Brian’s #2: The game is intuitive. It’s a quick ramp for novices to get proficient easily. In that sense, this is a game for all.
Chad’s #2: “The Land Between” has a purpose in pickleball…just as it did for God’s Chosen People as they fled Egypt.
Chad’s #3: Pickleballers do well to use the “dink” shot, a strategy that requires gentleness–a fruit of the spirit.
Brian’s #3: Pickleball includes two unique rules that reform racket sports, showing that we’re trying to get it right. That’s human…and theological.
Chad: A mixed metaphor. In pickleball, you must avoid the net by staying out of the no volley zone. But Jesus said…
Brian: The sport has a bad name. That makes it unappealing to anyone, Jesus included.