Sunday, October 31, 2010

Football Pick'em week 10 "Gird Up Your Loins" Job 38:3 NASB

Week 10 for those who "Gird Up". What did we learn. Dawgs leaving the red and black frustrated. Rebs tried some battle greys but Cam Newton is awesome. Johnny Pless "1969 Candler Street Elementary Greenie 5th grade football Toy Bowl Champ QB" went 12-16 for first place again. Pete went 10-16. Lewis, Mike and Wilson went 9-16. Graham went 8-16. Ray went 7-16. I went 5-16. Trick or treat on me.
Let's Gird Up this week. Play "hard,fair,square".
Pray for our churches to preach the gospel.
Check the blog and read my interview with Steve Lemke, Provost of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on fletcherlawandgrace.com

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher

1] N.C. State at Clemson- My Pick N.C. State
2] Maryland at Miami- My Pick-resurgent Terps
3] Illinois at Michigan- My Pick Zookers
4] North Carolina at Florida State- My Pick -Florida State
5] Air Force at Army-My Pick Air Force
6] Northwestern at Penn State- My Pick North western
7]Idaho State at Georgia-My Pick puppies, and please find someone to play if you charge money.
8] Baylor at Oklahoma State- My Pick Bears
9] Colorado at Kansas- My Pick Colorado
10] Arizona at Stanford- My Pick Stanford
11] TCU at Utah-My Pick TCU
12] Navy at East Carolina- My Pick Navy
13] Alabama at LSU- My Pick Bama
14] Oklahoma at Texas A&M- My pick Oklahoma
15] Arkansas at South Carolina- My Pick South Carolina
16] Tennessee at Memphis- My Pick Tennessee
Tiebreaker
#1 Will LSU Bama be 7 pts or less going into the 4th quarter? My Pick yes
#2 Total points Arkansas at South Carolina- My pick 42
#3 How much will Idaho State score at Georgia? My Pick Zero

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Steve Lemke Interview

Dr. Steve Lemke Interview
[Dr. Lemke is the provost of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, professor and author-and regular participant and past weekly winner in Football Pick'em. We will start interviewing folks concerning faith and we like to talk a little football also.]


1] When did you come to saving faith?
What prompted you into Christian ministry, in the church and in academia?

SWL: "I came to Christ at the age of 10. I had literally attended church all of my life, because church was and is at the center of my family's life. I believe my upbringing had a strong impact on my calling. My father being a college professor and my mother being a church secretary, I felt equally at home in the pastor’s study and the professor’s office. Many people experience the church and academia as being opposites or antithetical, but for me they were together. My parents served as leaders in the college department of the college town church we attended, and many of my Sunday School teachers were university professors. So I experienced from an early age how academics and the Christian faith can be held together consistently. I also experienced a freedom to ask hard questions, and witnessing on the college campus. So my interest in Apologetics was a good fit with my upbringing.
I felt called into ministry my senior year in college. God moved through several experiences (summer missions, a unique experience at Glorieta) to overcome some of my sense of unworthiness. I never would have dreamed of being “worthy” enough or holy enough to be a pastor, but I did feel a bit more comfortable ministering to youth and college students. My call experience was extremely clear and emotional for me. It took place at a Missions Conference at Southwestern Seminary (though it was not a call to missions). I had majored in History and minored in Journalism (which God has used in some remarkable ways). At that point, a career in journalism had been offered to me, but I felt clear leadership toward ministry and went to seminary.
My early direction and experience was in youth and college ministry. I served on some great church staffs, from small town churches to Second Baptist Houston. But the time came that I felt led toward the pastorate (I call this phenomenon “youth minister disease”), and pastored my first church. By this time I had an interest in teaching, though I thought the odds I would ever have a position were minimal. However, an opportunity did arise to teach in a Baptist college, and then felt led to a church plant that had split (not your usual good career move). The Lord blessed there, and then my dream job at SWBTS opened up. I had to make the hard choice of declining because it was a crucial time in the church plant moving toward constituting as a church. However, SWBTS came back and offered me the position again later, and I gladly accepted. Seven years later, I had the invitation to come to NOBTS, and I’ve been here 13 years."

2] What captured your interest in football?

SWL: "I was been privileged to grow up around sports, particularly football. Bert Jones, former LSU quarterback and NFL MVP for the Baltimore Colts, lived down the street from me (his father was a pro player for the Cleveland Browns). I got to watch him (and play sandlot ball with him) throughout high school, along with his cousin Andy Hamilton (LSU and the Kansas City Chiefs), Alan Storey (LSU), Jackson (Tulane), and Mean Fred Dean (Louisiana Tech and Hall of Fame with the San Francisco 49ers). And then I had the privilege of watching Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech (future number 1 NFL draft pick and Hall of Fame), and several other future NFL players who were on those teams (Ken Liberto of the Steelers, Joe Raymond Peace and Mike Barber of the Oilers, Larry Brewer of the Falcons, Tommy Spinks of the Vikings, Charles McDaniel and Roland Harper of the Bears, Fred Dean of the Chargers and 49ers, Roger Carr of the Colts, and Pat Tilley of the Cardinals). And the next Tech teams competed and won the division 2 national championships a couple of years. I was in journalism in those days, and got to travel with and get to know many of the players. Huey Kirby, a tight end, preached a revival with me while I was in college. Tech basketball had stars like the Mailman, Karl Malone, and the girl's team won a number of national championships. Many of these guys still live in the Ruston area -- Bert Jones, Fred Dean, and Karl Malone (my son was in class with his daughter the Katrina year). Then I lived in the DFW area during the Dallas Cowboys won most of their Super Bowls. And then I move to New Orleans, and unbelievably, even they win the Super Bowl! So I've just been lucky to be around some great champions."

"Now my focus is on my son, Austin, who is in his senior year in high school. He's the team captain of the basketball team (and the cross country team), and the star of the team (there are some people besides his doting father might agree with that)."

Favorite college team?
SWL: "Louisiana Tech, plus I’m a fan of most of the Texas schools."
Favorite pro team?
SWL: "Dallas Cowboys, along with the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans."
High school football position?
SWL: "I played in the band – the football team was too good!"
BCS view?
SWL: "I despise the BCS, because it is so prejudiced in favor of the old traditional big schools. I would very much like to see a true playoff."

National Champion pick?
SWL: "It has gotten very confusing for me, but I’ll stick with my pre-season pick Alabama."

Super Bowl match up?
SWL: "In a dark world, all men are blind. So it is with NFL parity. None are really better than others. A cluster of AFC teams the Colts, Steelers, Packers, Patriots, and Jets could probably beat up on any of the NFC teams, but they may wear each other out. I have no idea!"

Why do so many Baptist ministers like football?
SWL: "Probably because so many of us grew up in the South. Most of us aren’t great hockey fans. And, identification with our state school is a matter of great pride. Plus, some of us are very competitive! (J)"

3] In Georgia we have North Georgia and South Georgia New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary satellite campuses. Many ministers in Georgia are alums of NOBTS. What is new in the the life and ministry of NOBTS?

SWL: "NOBTS is doing amazingly well. Obviously, over our last five years we have been rebuilding from the $64 million in damages we suffered when the levees failed a day after hurricane Katrina. The positive thing is that Southern Baptists came to our aid in such a gracious way, and now most of our housing is either newly built or newly remodeled. Our greatest challenge is continuing build new housing to provide for all the students God is sending our way. Before Katrina, NOBTS surprised everyone and became the largest seminary in the SBC. We had about 3,880 students that year; we had about 3,740 last year, so we're almost entirely back in enrollment. That makes us among the five largest seminaries in the world. Our students have moved more to the extension center, hybrid, and internet course delivery systems, so they serve not only all over the Southeast but literally all over the world."

"I'm delighted with the quality of our faculty in two ways. First, the overwhelming majority of them have significant ministry experience. We have 8 former IMB missionaries on our faculty (not just in Missions), as well as a number of others who have been involved in church planting (including me). But we also have a faculty of incredible academic achievement. Our faculty has been rated in the top 20 research institutions by Academic Analytics, a private company that evaluates faculty scholarly productivity, for most of the last few years, putting us among well-funded Ivy League type institutions like Princeton Theological Seminary. Our faculty members have produced 23 books over the last 3 years, not to mention dozens of articles and musical compositions. Our faculty is producing incredible research in places such as the Center for New Testament Textual Studies, which has become one of the premier settings worldwide for both study and research on the text of the New Testament. The Center has one of the largest collections of New Testament manuscripts in digital, facsimile, and microfilm formats in North America, and contributes the largest number of collations to the International Greek New Testament project of anyone in North America. The CNTTS Critical Apparatus of the Greek New Testament is the world's first and most extensive searchable electronic database available of the Greek manuscripts of the entire New Testament. We also have the Institute for Christian Apologetics (with their Defend the Faith conferences), the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry (with their resources for Baptist theology), the Youth Minisry Institute, the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum (with world class speakers from both sides of an issue), the Center for Archaeological Research (with their groundbreaking dig in Tel Gezer, Israel), and the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health."

4] Your new book with David Allen "The Return of Christ" is coming out when? How is it constructed as far a content?

SWL: "This week, I am (hopefully) finishing editing our new book on Eschatology entitled The Return of Christ: A Premillennial Perspective. My co-editor is David Allen, Dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Seminary, who was also my co-editor in our book Whosoever Will, which has been very well received (it came out in April, and it's in its fourth printing). Just as Whosoever Will was based on the John 3:16 Conference sponsored by Jerry Vines Ministries (and co-sponsored by NOBTS, SEBTS, SWBTS, MWBTS, Liberty, Luther Rice, and Truett-McConnell), The Return of Christ is built off of the Acts 1:11 Conference held at North Metro FBC in Lawrenceville, GA."
"With a preface by Pastor Frank Cox and sermons by nationally known preachers Jerry Vines and Junior Hill, the first section of the book includes written versions of all the presentations made at the conference, each of which deal with a major aspect of Eschatology in the book of Revelation: Danny Akin (SEBTS), Paige Patterson (SWBTS), Ergun Caner (Liberty), Richard Land (ERLC), and David Allen (SWBTS). Also as we did in Whosoever Will, we also added five articles supplementing the presentations made at the conference. These contributors include Stan Norman (Oklahoma Baptist University), Craig Blaising (SWBTS), Lamar Cooper (Criswell College), Steven Cox (MABTS), and Mike Vlach (the Master's Seminary). Although these contributors from eight different institutions differ on a few details, they all share a pre-tribulational, premillnnial perspective. Broadman and Holman should have it out next year."

Fletcher,
Thanks for the opportunity to participate.
swl

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Football Pick'em Week 9 -"Gird Up Your Loins-Job 38:3 NASB-Jacksonville &Reformation Day Edition

What did we learn going into Week 9-Cam Newton should be illegal - Dawgs got to get turnovers to win - the team formerly known as the "Rebs" need to gird up. Ray Rhodes felt 95 reasons why he would win the Pre-Reformation day week 8 going 13-17. John Pless was knocking on the door at 12-17, I'm hanging in going 11-7, Steve Lemke was 10-17, Lewis and Pete were 9-17, Graham and Andrew were 7-10.
Can't wait till the Laptop Bowl. Masoli of Ole Miss [formerly from Oregon but dismissed because of a laptop "borrowing"] vs. Cam Newton of Auburn who is no longer at Florida for the same reason. Big game in Oxford and in Jacksonville. To get in the mood I will monitor all scores on my laptop while honoring the Jacksonville tradition of food not cocktails. Big Shrimp ring from Publix will be devoured as I enjoy football in My John Knox Reformation Day costume and at night preach against heresies of the Queen as the youngsters come over for a Trick or Treat.
Play Hard,fair and square. Pray for our churches to preach the gospel.
In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law

1] UAB at Southern Miss-Mustard Buzzards get Dragoned-My Pick UAB
2] Tennessee at South Carolina-My Pick South carolina
3] Oklahoma State at Kansas State-My Pick K State
4] Miami at Virginia-My Pick miami
5] East carolina at Central Florida- My Pick ECU
6] Missouri at Nebraska- Don't believe Nebraska has an Offense-My Pick Missouri
7] Michigan State at Iowa- I just like Sparty- My Piack MSU
8] Georgia at Florida-Better get some turnovers-My pick Dawgs
9] Texas tech at Texas A&M-Aggies pride not seen-My Pick Texas tech
10] SMU at Tulane-June Jones is fascinating-My Pick Ponies
11] Auburn at Ole Miss- Hang the Black bear in The Grove-Rebel Mojo-My Pick Rebs!
12] Baylor at Texas-like those bears-My Pick baylor
13] Kentucky at Mississippi State- My Pick Kentucky-they can score.
14] Utah at Air force- My Pick Air Force
15] Oregon at USC-lane Kiffen shows he has a useful purpose- My Pick USC
16] Michigan at Penn State - wanted 16 games is why this is on-My Pick Penn State
Tiebreakers
#1 Who has more total offense Masoli of Ole Miss or newton of Auburn? My Pick Masoli
#2 Will Georgia wear a special or altered uniform? My Pick No
#3 Total score of Georgia Florida game [closest to the pin]. My pick 49 points

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Football Pick'em week 7 "Gird Up Your Loins Like A Man" and Play Job38:3

Football Pick'em-before we "Gird up our loins" let's review week 7. There is a Chicken Curse in Carolina that even an "Evil Genius" can not cure. Georgia and 117 other NCAA teams are better than Vandy. GT rules the Sun Belt. Ole Miss plays scared- [like girly "teddy bears" they need to learn how to gird up. Mike "Boo Boo Smith returns to the winners circle # 1at 13-16, George "Junebug " Law. J. Carroll Smith,John Pless and Pete Feirro tied for 2 in that order with a tiebreaker going 12-16, Lewis Perry in 3rd with Steve Lemke and Ray Rhodes. Your truly is in 4th going 7-16 going 10-16. Graham Law is in 5th 7-16.

Let's get over the hump of the season. Play "hard, fair and square." As Coach Gruhn used to say in pre-game prayers Pray for our churches to preach the Gospel.
Thanks for playing.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law

1] Michigan State at Northwestern-ZMy Pick Northwestern, Go Randy Coleman, NW is 6-1
2] Notre Dame at Navy- My Pick Navy
3] Ole Miss at Arkansas-My Pick Arkansas- My pick-not the silly Black Bears-ARK.
4] Oklahoma at Missouri- My pick Oklahoma
5] Texas Tech at Colorado- My pick Texas Tech
6] Houston at SMU-My pick Houston
7] Kansas State at Baylor-My pick- K Satate
8] Nebraska at Oklahoma State- My Pick Oklahoma State
9] LSU at Auburn-My Pick Auburn
10] Georgia Tech at Clemson- My Pick Clemson
11] Wisconsin at Iowa- My Pick Iowa
12] South Carolina at Vandy-Chickens due to they are not Vandy.
13] Alabama at Tennessee- My pick Tide.
14] Texas A&M at Kansas-My Pick TAMU underachieves less and wins.
15] North Carolina at Miami- My Pick -NC wins the Outlaw Bowl
16] Georgia at Kentucky- My Pick -Georgia
17] Air Force at TCU- My pick TCU
Tiebreaker
#1 Will Auburn QB Cam Newton rush for 100 yda at LSU? My pick Yes
#2 Will Georgia's A.J. Green score at Kentucky? Yes-and I'll add he better.
#3 Total points Auburn at LSU [closest to the pin]. My answer 44 , 28-16 suprisingly low scoring.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Whats In A Name?

Names are important. We place great value on them. It took three days to name my son. The hospital people would not let us check out a name for a baby. Sports teams have a name. We picked a good name in Graham. We named him from inspiration printed on a book on our coffee table - Peace With God by Billy Graham. My Alma Mater Ole Miss seems to have a schizophrenic idea about staying with Rebels as their mascot. They also have chosen a Black Bear as their "sideline mascot". Two names? But their are a lot of names more important than sports team names and even our own given names.

Names are important and people associate themselves with names and names to people. Acts 11:26 says "and the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch." That is awesome that in first century Christianity that the followers of Christ knew who they were and were not confused. They were not some new age "Christ followers." They were not trying out a new fad, and then on to the next one. They did not get to say cool things like "I'm spiritual but not religious." Or, "I like Jesus I just hate his church or followers." Their is even a quote by Gandhi that says something like this, though it was reported in Christianity Today that Gandhi never anything so arrogant as that. Some folks just hate the name Christian.
Even some non Christians understand what we do not-Christ Jesus suffered, bled and died and received the wrath of God in substitution for His church. That is not trivial. Or, do the Christians today really believe what Jesus thought about His bride. And why are we so quick to turn from it, avoid worship for the slightest social conflict, neglect personal evangelism.


We, Christians who are the body and bride of Christ Jesus have received a wonderful
name that associates us with the "Anointed One". Revelation 2:17 that to him who overcomes Christ will give us a new name written on a white stone. Christ knows him that intimately. Have you received that write to receive your group or team name will you get a new name in Heaven?
Pray for our churches to preach the gospel.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Football Pick'e, week 7 "Gird Up Your Loins Like A Man"[Job 38:8] and Play!

Pete Fierro week 6 won 12 -16, Graham Law and Steve Lemke came in 2nd going 11-16, John Pless, Andrew Stone and Wilson Hein 3rd 10-16, 4th place yours truely, Ray Rhodes, JC Smith, George Law and Lewis Perry 9-16. Mike Smith 8-16. Pete has been on and won on the ESPN game show "Beat The Schwab". He is a semi-pro loin girder. What have we learned ? Do not mess with pros or Les Miles. One will be too smart and the other will confuse everybody and still win. A Tennesse fan told me last week "Mark Richt loves God, God loves Les Miles."
Play Hard Fair and Square and pray for our churches to preach the gospel.
In Christ Alone!
Fletcher Law
1] South Carolina at Kentucky-My Pick South South Carolina
2] Maryland at Clemson-My Pick Maryland
3] Mississippi State at Florida-My Pick Florida
4] Illinois at Michigan State-My Pick Michigan State
5] Missouri at Texas A&M-My Pick Texas A&M
6] Boston College at Florida State-My Pick-Florida State
7] Vandy at Georgia-My Pick Georgia
8] Miami at Duke- My Pick Miami
9] Arkansas at Auburn-My Pick Arkansas
10] Ole Miss at Alabama-My Pick Alabama [wrath of Saban]
11] SMU at Navy-My Pick SMU
12] Wake Forest at Virginia Tech- My Pick VA Tech
13] Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech-My Pick GT
14] Texas at Nebraska-My Pick Texas
15] North Carolina at Virginia-My Pick North Carolina
16] Baylor at Colorado-My Pick Baylor
17] Oklahoma at Texas Tech -My Pick Oklahoma
Tie Breakers
#1 Who will score more-Mississippi State or Ole Miss? My Pick OLE MISS
#2 Georgia Tech will pass for over 150 yards against MTSU? My Pick yes
#3 Name a person luckier than Les Miles and who out gains who Navy or SMU?
My pick -the last person to not buy a ticket on the Titanic-SMU 600 plus yards.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Football Pick'em-Gird Up Your Loins Like A Man [Job:38:3] for week 6

What a week-the Dawgs are down-The ATL Birds are up-Tennessee can't count players-Les Miles should be your casino partner-[The Loin does not endorse gambling as is our official policy]-The Rebs can't finish a game well-and you do not want to play Bama.
Steve Lemke dominated with a 15 for 15 week! Yours truly 2nd 12-15, JC Smith,Andy Williams, Mike Smith 10-15, Pete Fierro 9-15, Andrew Stone 9-16, Graham Law, Ray "Spurgeon"Rhodes 8-15. Got some people missing in action like Georgia's defense. It ain't to late to start playing. Tell your friends. It is never too late to "Gird up your loins like a man" and play.
NACAR rules-weekly,yearly percentage, won loss awards at the end of the year.
As my Coach Gruhn, my high school coach used to say "play hard, fair and square just like Your son taught us."
Pray for our churches to preach the gospel.

In Christ Alone!
Fletcher
1] Alabama at South Carolina-My Pick-Bama unstoppable.
2] Syracuse at South Florida -My Pick-South Florida
3] Illinois at Penn State-My Pick-Penn State bounces back
4] Baylor at Texas Tech-My Pick -Texas Tech should have more players.
5] LSU at Florida-My Pick-Florida-never bet against "The Hat". His luck is habit.
6] Boston College at NC State-My pick-NC State
7] Tennessee at Georgia-My Pick-Georgia because they have to.
8] Michigan State at Michigan-My Pick Michigan Wolverines
9] Arkansas at Texas A&M-My Pick Arkansas
10] Clemson at North Carolina-My Pick-Clemson
11] Virginia at Georgia Tech-My Pick-Georgia Tech
12] Pitt at Notre Dame-My Pick Notre Dame-they do not underachieve as bad as PITT.
13] Auburn at Kentucky-My Pick- Kentucky is due for a big win.
14] Florida State at Miami- My Pick- Florida State, Is Fischer for real?
15] Tulsa at SMU-My Pick-SMU, love their helmets.
16] Mississippi State at Houston-My Pick-Houston
Tie Breakers
#1-Who starts at tailback for Georgia? Ealy, King, Thomas, other? My Pick-King
#2-How many points will Tennessee score? [Closest to the pin] My Pick- 18
#3- Will the Michigan QB, Denard Robinson, rush for over 200Yards, yes or no?
My Pick-Yes