Christianity & NCAA Basketball?

Was watching the NCAA Tourney the other day between two teams I am fairly familiar with and I realized that I could not name or pick out a player from either team (I watched anyway – don’t worry), but I could easily remember their coaches.  This struck me a bit odd and started the wheels of my mind.  Not quite sure how I put the two together, but I came across this realization – College Basketball and Christianity actually have quite a bit in common – and it may not all be good…

If you think about College Basketball, it is a coaches game – guys like Coach K, Roy Williams, Pitino, Calipari, Boeheim, Izzo, etc… These guys are pillars of the sport. Also – there are up and comers with Brad Stevens at Butler, Shaka Smart at VCU, Brad Brownell at Clemson (shameless plug from a Tiger). Try to name 10 players currently in the College game. You start with Jimmer, and go to whoever leads Duke’s teams. That’s essentially it. There are no everyday guys…

Hold that thought…

As the evangelical movement in the US has taken off, it has brought great popularity to the leaders – guys like Rick Warren, Andy Stanley, Joel Osteen, Beth Moore, and TD Jakes. There are also some up and coming leaders with Mark Driscoll, Rob Bell (Love him or Loathe him – later topic), and Craig Groeschel…

Now for the segue – in the same way you can’t name 10 or so college basketball players, you probably couldn’t name 10 or so guys who are known for the Christianity – an everyday guy who rises above the rest and puts his team on his back when it matters. A guy who says – look at me, follow me, and see what Christianity looks like 24/7.

Is this a bad thing? I don’t know – just an observation I had. But my thought is we should focus more on our own relationship with Jesus and honor those who make the correct, but difficult decisions in the heat of the battle. The guy who chooses not to skirt the truth when the truth hurts. The girl who chooses not to spread the rumor. The guy who chooses not to flood his mind with those images. The girl who chooses to bite her tongue when it would be so easy to let the anger win…

The people are the real pillars of Christianity…

Happy Birthday Delaney!

I don’t remember much of my childhood, especially the young age of six, but now that Delaney officially turns just that, I feel even more pressure to make this year better than the last…

And that will be tough, because Delaney had an unbelievable year as a five year old.  For starters, she learned to read, ride a scooter, start kindergarten, see a drive-in movie, walk a cat, snap her fingers, take a shower, jump off a diving board, read a clock, camp in the backyard, dance, and thousands of other little things…

Oh yeah, she chose to believe in Jesus and become a Christian…

As great as five was, I am excited for her because there a millions more things she gets to learn and experience this year – maybe tie her shoes?

Laney-Loo – you are awesome!  I hope you have a great day and may it serve as the springboard for fulfilling all your dreams!

Music Monday

As a change of pace for this Monday, I thought I would share a couple of links where you can listen and/or download really good music – plus, most of it is either Christian based or fairly uplifting.

As always – check out the different options and find music you really like. It’s your ears, mind, and time – make sure to spend it wisely…

Relevant Podcast – downloads

Relevant Magazine – The Drop (listen to full length albums online)

Relevant.fm – Online Radio

Quote of the Week

Even weeds, when freshly cut, are lush green…

Now Known as Janet’s Husband…

Congrats to my bride as she is currently on the front page of our local paper! She is what is apparently known as a “Mompreneur” – a mom who happens to own her own business. That business – Silly Goose Photography – has been a huge blessing to our family, kept us above water, all the while allowing her to still stay home with our girls. It has been the best of both worlds and I am privileged to be a small part of her success.

Because of that success, I am now known as Janet’s husband – and that’s perfectly fine with me…

Bluffton Today Article

Music Monday

psych – Best Show Ever?

Maybe? Possibly? Most Definitely!

It’s rare to come across a show that is funny, creative, and clean. Fortunately for the Powell’s, we have found that show in Psych. As such, I am paying homage by making the Videos of the Week to be completely Psych based…

If you don’t believe me, then check out the Psych homepage – watch a video or two, play a game, or find out which ’80s sitcom or movie you are.

Enjoy!

I know, you know, that I’m not telling the truth. I know, you know, they don’t have any proof…