In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am joined by Dan van Voorhis and Bob Hiller to reflect on ESPN’s eponymous doc-series, The Last Dance, which interweaves a chronicle of the controversy-laden 1998 title run of the Chicago Bulls with an examination of the life and legacy of Michael Jordan. Touting never-before-seen footage from the ’98 season and unrivaled interviews with “His Airness” himself — coupled with a world on lockdown — The Last Dance captured the eyeballs of seemingly everyone on earth. Notwithstanding the motivations behind Jordan finally giving his stamp of approval on the release and production of this series, it undoubtedly serves to remind generations of basketball fans just how dominant “Air Jordan” was. In that way, The Last Dance was tailor made for millennials (like me) who grew up enjoying Jordan only through documentaries and highlight reels. I still have incredibly fond memories of wearing out my VHS copy of Michael Jordan: Come Fly With Me, never tiring of watching “Air Jordan” demolish hapless defenders. In that sense, then, ESPN’s storied The Last Dance achieved its endgame: it elevated my appreciation and reverence for Michael Jordan.
“Michael Jordan the Story Versus Michael Jordan the Man,” Brian Phillips
“Retracing the Histories of ‘The Next Michael Jordans’,” Paolo Ugetti
“‘The Last Dance’ Ends With a ‘Maddening’ Question—and an Answer,” Haley O’Shaughnessy
“Michael Jordan Is Exactly Who I Thought He Was,” Joel Anderson
Christian History Almanac, Dan Van Voorhis
You Are Forgiven Radio, 1517
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Bob Hiller serves as the senior pastor of Community Lutheran Church in Escondido, California, where he lives with his wife and three kids. He possesses a deep passion for the ministry of forgiveness and for preaching. Fittingly, Bob also ministers as the content editor for 1517’s project, The Craft of Preaching, a resource guide for pastors. He also contributes articles to 1517’s blog and sermons to the You Are Forgiven Radio show. You can connect with Bob via Twitter, @the_rev_bob.
Dan Van Voorhis is married to Beth Anne, and is the father to two sons. He works for 1517 as an author, historian, teacher, and speaker. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of St. Andrews. After spending over a decade teaching history and politics at Concordia University, Irvine, Dan now serves as the 1517 Academy Dean. He also spends his time writing, hosting, and producing podcasts, including The Soul of Christianity and The Christian History Almanac.