Jan. 19, 2021

Daron K. Roberts on Genesis 1:26– “Creation by Committee”

Daron K. Roberts, the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas, is Mark’s very special guest on the podcast today. A former NFL and college coach, Daron created CSLi in the fall of 2014 as the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. He teaches his ‘A Gameplan for Winning at Life’ through the Centre, and he has also launched the #iLEAD Speakers Series where he has interviewed a number of famous elite athletes and leading thinkers. The passage Daron has chosen to discuss today is Genesis 1:26.

He begins by sharing details of his TED Talk regarding fear before offering his summary of his selected passage and how it demonstrates God’s love of diversity and our partnership in living with Him. He and Mark also examine our shared call to create and liberate, and delve deeply into God’s use of the plural ‘us’ within this passage. Daron also explains his quarterly life reviews, his parenting traditions and wisdom, and finishes up by reviewing the lessons he has learned about humankind and the need for us all to act upon the problems so very prevalent in the world. You will undoubtedly sense the sheer amount of enthusiasm and mutual respect evident in this conversation as these two extremely well versed seekers of biblical truth uncover the lessons of this passage that resonate so powerfully in our lives today.

Episode Highlights:

· Daron’s TED Talk · His summary of the passage and its significance to him · God’s love of diversity · Our call to create and liberate · God using the plural ‘us’ in this passage · Living in partnership with God · Daron’s quarterly reviews of his life · His family’s ‘utility hours’ and ‘donut councils’ · Daron’s parenting wisdom · Lessons about humankind that Daron has learned · The need to take action on the world’s problems


“One of the things that I’ve dedicated my life to is trying to alleviate the shackles associated with fear.”

“You should view life as a Chinese buffet.”

“They want to get it right, because they think there is one thing they should be doing in life, and I think as much as we can, we have to dispel that myth.”

“The creation of man was a collaboration. This was a mixed tape.”

“It’s man that has had the problem with diversity. God’s been good with it from the beginning.”

“This very intentional crafting by the Maker of not just a human life, but also of a future and a destiny that’s enclosed within that creation.”

“There’s this co-presence right from inception.”

“This is creation by committee.”

“We’re in partnership in terms of my life.”

“The less I prescribe, the happier they are.”

“We’re constantly trying to integrate teachings from other religions into our own spirituality.”

“What is more important than parenting?”

“We heal faster than we think we will.”

“You are who the tape says you are.”

“What better year to remind us that the world’s problems deserve and require our attention than 2020?”

Genesis 1:26 And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth.” https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.1.26?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en


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