My picks: Carolina over Michigan State Illinois over Louisville Carolina over Illinois - - - - Tuesday was Randy Harris's day to teach in our class. Supposed to be on Ephesians. Right before we walked into the classroom I suggested he hold off on Ephesians until Thursday (today) and instead engage the students in a discussion about Terry Schiavo, encouraging them to learn to think Christianly about our interaction with the broader culture and to learn to talk with one another about issues where they strongly disagree without getting ugly. It was great. I'm so encouraged that these 80 freshmen Bible majors were able to do just that. For some reason the generation or two above them often haven't modeled that very well. We've demonized opponents, often assuming the worst about them and their motives. Wouldn't it be a tremendous step forward if we could learn to talk without having to agree? I'm not saying we should adopt a "whatever" philosophy where we no longer hold to convictions. But can't we recognize the humanity of others? Can't we assume better motives (unless they've proved us otherwise)? Can't we go toe-to-toe and nose-to-nose without being eye-for-eye and tooth-for-tooth?