LOS ANGELES, Calif. — After a mysterious silence of two years, the blogger behind Adventist humor and satire site BarelyAdventist has been revealed as retired American professional basketball player, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.
Johnson chose to reveal his identity as the author of BarelyAdventist at an emotional Oakwood University-based event. As he accepted a trophy recognizing a gift of $550,000 to the Oakwood University and church, Johnson said he was not only happy to make the gift, but also had enjoyed putting his writing skills to use as a secret blogger.
Raised by a Seventh-day Adventist mother and a Baptist father, Johnson said that he had often mulled how best to celebrate his Adventist heritage. “In addition to this gift to Oakwood I considered starting basketball scholarships at Adventist colleges, but none of them are any good at it,” said Johnson. “So I thought anonymously cracking Adventist in-jokes was the next best thing.”
Johnson said after running the site for a little more than two years, he was relieved to see that at least a handful of Adventists do have a funny bone. “If your faith can’t take a few jokes then it probably isn’t ‘Hebrews Hall of Fame’ material.”