It was the perfect storm.
On Sunday, I was in the Detroit Airport waiting for my connecting flight to Huntington to speak this week at Summer in the Son in Kentucky, when a nice older lady and I struck up a conversation. I found out that she was from Jacksonville, by way of Louisville and that–while in Louisville–she had attended Southeast Christian Church. She said she knew Dave Stone and Bob Russell. I know them too. Small world.
Well, flash forward–or backward depending on your perspective–to lunch yesterday at SITS.
I was sitting with a table of High School boys from Pittsburgh and we were talking about movies. I told them that I had seen Super 8, but that I wanted to see Xmen, too. They told me that it was good and that Kevin Bacon is in it.
He’s in everything!
Instantly, the boys’ youth minister and I broke into the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game.
The boys thought we were crazy.
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a trivia game based on the concept of the small world phenomenon and rests on the assumption that any individual can be linked through his or her film roles to actor Kevin Bacon within six steps. The name of the game is a play on the “six degrees of separation” concept. (Wikipedia)
Well, as I was walking back to my dorm my mind started to drift from Kevin Bacon to his equivalent in the Restoration Movement and I remembered my conversation with that nice woman in the Detroit International Airport about Bob Russell.
The perfect storm!
My crazy mind landed on Bob Russell as I started to wonder how many people in the Christian Churches can link themselves to Bob Russell through professional connections (people who have worked with him). I bet you that most people in the Christian Churches are connected to Bob Russell within six degrees of separation.
I’m only separated from Bob by two degrees in two different scenarios.
1) Me–My Dad, Roger Chambers–who played basketball with Bob at CBC, which I would count as “working” with Bob Russell.
2) Me–Jim Burgen (with whom I’m working this week at SITS)–who worked with Bob at Southeast Christian Church.
So, in both of the aforementioned scenarios, my Russell Number is ‘2″
How many degrees of separation are there between you and Bob Russell? What’s your score? Is there anyone in the Christian Churches who is not connected to Bob Russell within Six Degrees of Separation? If so, we’re looking for you. 🙂
You know you’re dying to play. 🙂
If you’d like to play Six Degrees of Bob Russell, leave your degrees of separation and Russell Number in the comments section.