Showing posts from April, 2013

Faith: Elder Ordination

Had the honor and duty to be ordained as an elder in the PCUSA last Sunday, April 7, 2013. I'll be serving as the clerk of our session (the governing council in our church). I was moved as it sank in that I was stepping into a stream that has been flowing for 2000+ years when Jesus inaugurated the church. As part of the ordination, the following questions are asked and answered:

a. Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

b. Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to you?

c. Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those con…

Faith: Rule of Benedict 5

#ruleofbenedict 5: humility begins with obedience

Faith: Rule of Benedict 4

#ruleofbenedict 4: good works come from loving God and othes above self, realizing time is short and trusting in God's mercy

Sports: Looking back on the 3 Final Four runs of UCLA under Howland

Three Final Fours (2006-2008) and Coach Howland was viewed as having a job for life at UCLA.

Well, things went downhill rapidly and by 2013, he was fired.

Those three great runs were of course fueled by talented players who have made for themselves a place in the NBA and by Coach Howland's emphasis on strong man-to-man defense. Of course, some fans second guessed that he didn't allow the team more freedom on offense which may or may not have kept them from the NCAA Championship.

The reality, looking back, is that the difference between victory and defeat is often very slim and UCLA and Howland's fortunes could have been much less.

Turn the clock back to 2006 and what basketball fan will every forget the epic collapse (if you are a Gonzaga fan) or comeback (if you are a UCLA fan) in the regional semi-finals? That first Final Four and Championship game appearance could easily have ended as a "mere" Sweet 16 finish.

In 2008, UCLA was down for almost the whole game a…