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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

So where's the guy in the elevator at Midland who made fun of my picks now? :) I've got a buddy who shall remain nameless (Richard Beck) who insists that the NBA is great entertainment. He has the right to be wrong. March Madness: now that is basketball! Actually, my favorite basketball is Y-ball, where the coaches can go out on the courts to remind the kids which way to go. As I think about my homes -- and, by the way, thanks for those wonderful thoughts about home in the comments yesterday -- I try putting together a "home" from all of them. If I could combine the hills and relatives from Neosho with the trees and friends from Searcy with the ocean and salty breeze from Wilmington with the church from Abilene, THAT would be quite a home! Tonight I get to hear Tony Campolo speak at the "Just People" dinner. I never get tired of his stories. He's one of my heroes for his constant insistance on a "whole-bodied gospel" -- a gospel that turns outward toward the world that God loves in ways of love and justice.


  • Congrats on the Tar Heels pick--it was a great game, so glad it wasn't a runaway but also glad it didn't go into OT because I was getting pretty sleepy and I always have to stay up to watch the postgame and "One Shining Moment". Now I can get back into baseball (Go Braves!) and count the days til college football starts...

    Many times when I'm in a beautiful place--mountains, the beach, a lovely garden, etc.--I see it as a foretaste of Heaven. I sincerely hope that our heavenly home is a conglomeration of all that we see on Earth as far as natural beauty, and of course I know it will be FAR more gorgeous than anything we've glimpsed so far. I imagine that we will stand in silence, mouths agape, for a good long while as we drink it all in.

    By Blogger Lisa, at 4/05/2005 05:22:00 AM  

  • Well, Deut.18 baby! Today - you are a prophet! I salute thee. I'm just hoping my beloved Razorbacks will just return to the tournament for crying out loud. I agree with you - college ball over the NBA.
    Loved the thoughts on home. You know, its easy to be humble when you're from Toadsuck,Arkansas!

    By Blogger Randy, at 4/05/2005 05:58:00 AM  

  • From the guy in the elevator: I am humbled by your NCAA wisdom and have realized the folly of my way.
    p.s. Thanks for being at stream. You added a lot to an always wonderful weekend and helped make the trip from Houston worthwhile.

    By Blogger DG, at 4/05/2005 06:23:00 AM  

  • DG - Ha! You did surface! I've gotten a little mileage out of the story, as you can tell. You threw me for a loop: a guy from Houston in a Tennessee shirt who's pulling for Louisville. Of course, I was a guy from Missouri living in Abilene traveling in Midland rooting for North Carolina.

    By Blogger Mike, at 4/05/2005 06:44:00 AM  

  • Good job on your picks. Being a Big Ten fan, I was pulling hard for Illinois (I also wanted someone to knock that smirk off of Sean May's face). But I'm happy for Roy Williams. He seems like a great guy, and he deserves a championship.

    I like the NBA (Go Pistons!), but college basketball is just so much better in every way. I believe this year's tournament was the best we've seen in quite a few years.


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 4/05/2005 07:06:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Tony is one of the few big names that have come to Thunder Bay. He came this past year and spoke on behalf of World Vision. Being such a small city it is a big deal when people come here (the real challenge is to find us on a map).

    By Blogger Eric, at 4/05/2005 07:27:00 AM  

  • Yeah Pistons! Woot!

    My ideal home...
    Falls and Summers on Lake Michigan, A good week of snow and skiing, and then Texan clear skies and cool breezes for the rest of the season.. What could beat that? Oh yah.. and family blah blah blah.. :P

    By Blogger Phyllistene, at 4/05/2005 07:35:00 AM  

  • The NBA is great entertainment. Just not great basketball. I mean the NBA is like WWF & Springer in one show! I liked Y-ball too until a coach went nuts and tried to tackle me for charging his son on a layup. (His feet weren't planted!)

    As for your dream home - wow - that really surprises me...

    You don't like the "hills" of Abilene? Come on!

    I just popped in a Campolo tape from a conference I heard him at in '99 and that guy "gets it" I hope to love others like him someday.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 4/05/2005 08:23:00 AM  

  • I have had a recent realization in professional verses college athletics and finally (finally) there is a format in which I can share (blabber on) in my brilliance (bravado).

    Kids like professional sports because of the brilliance in the game and confidence that the pros have. There is something about a 7'1" unstoppable Garnette that inspires awe to a five (or 85 really) year old.

    But as you age you realize that there might be more to life than that (since I am already 23 and not unstoppable or 7'1") and the almost untainted effort and desire for purity in the college game grows in it's appeal.

    Luckily there is an argument out there to pay college players, so that childhood dream will be dashed as well.

    Sorry this is so long, and thanks for 4 great years of church. Now that I am searching for a church, I realize how blessed I was in the beautiful metropolis of Abilene.

    By Blogger Tucker, at 4/05/2005 08:24:00 AM  

  • As an Illini Fan, of course I am sad this morning, but grateful for a season for the ages. I am taking my kids to campus today to welcome the team back to town to enjoy this special team one last time.

    Hats off to North Carolina and Roy Williams. If we had to lose, I guess better NC than some other programs with less deserving leadership.

    I do have to say, what is this with players stripping their jersey's off at the end of a big game? I guess I'm a bit old fashioned, but find this very odd and not very sportsmanship like. I guess it started with Brandi Chastain....and the guys don't want to be left behind.

    Anyway, would like to close with a voice of gratitude for two college players that used the limelight this year to proclaim their faith, and not just as a token, but with heartfelt sincerity. Roger Powell, Jr. from Illinois is a licensed minister in his fellowship and has made it known that he will end up in ministry when his playing days are over. He has been a speaker at many churches/youth events in the area and we have met him casually a few time while getting autographs after games at home. He is a class act and I am grateful to have had him wear the orange and blue.

    I was touched by the recent article in SI where Wayne Simien's senior speach at Kansas was reported. Again, what a class act and how wonderful to hear of him proclaiming to the crowd at Kansas that his primary desire is that they find the same relationship that he has with his Lord.

    Powerful stuff from these very good role models. Only to have more of these.....

    By Blogger Paul W, at 4/05/2005 09:20:00 AM  

  • It's just not in me to pull for NC being a Duke fan. I just can't bring myself to do it.

    β€œAn individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

    I keep that quote posted in front of me in my office so I'll see it everyday. My selfish nature, my desire to look out for myself needs to be cricified daily. Thank God for people who continually challenge me and encourage me.

    By Blogger Chad, at 4/05/2005 09:42:00 AM  

  • Amen! Y-ball is the best.

    By Blogger James, at 4/05/2005 04:24:00 PM  

  • The subject of Home really touched a nerve. I have felt such a closeness with other people in ministry - as a profession - that I thought it might be nice to live close to all of these like-minded people. After much thought I realized how boring and insane that would be. The first week might be fun...maybe that's one of the reasons I do summer camps.

    Fall in Wisconsin -my childhood state- gorgeous colors! The rest of the year in the Colorado Rockies. The Children's museum in Indianapolis, Il Vicinos in Wichita, the brick-paved streets of York, Beer brats and cheese curds while watching the Superbowl with my family. That would be a great earthly home for me. Still, I long for more...

    Tony Campolo is amazing isn't he? I took a class from him at a Youth Specialties event. He challenged my socks off! It's nice to listen to someone else's perspective of the denomination I grew up in. You never have to wonder what he's really thinking! I like that!

    By Blogger Niki, at 4/05/2005 10:29:00 PM  

  • Niki - You're exactly right about Tony Campolo. He was incredible last night . . . and no one has to wonder what he means! The day before he was in England. Today he's going to Hawaii to speak. I don't know how he keeps it up at his age (early 70s).

    By Blogger Mike, at 4/06/2005 04:27:00 AM  

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