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What Kind of Man Are You?



I have heard it said before, “You can tell a lot about a man by what is on his I-Pod. We live in a day that is much different than that of our forerunners in the faith, in that we can listen to the sermons of men on a weekly basis even if we live far from them. In the past chapel sermons from our Southern Baptist Seminaries would have been unavailable for listeners that could not attend or would require pounds of cassette tapes delivered to their front door. Now, I can put sermons from all six of our Southern Baptist Seminaries from years at a time on a device that weighs about a pound. It is an intriguing time, so with all this technology and the ability to listen to men from all over the country I became inquisitive about what others have on their podcast folders.

Here is what I have on my I-Pod:

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4 Sons Give Thanks by Saying Happy Birthday to Their Mother

 As Thanksgiving approaches, one is drawn to reflection of the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon them. In the life of the Akin family, the top of this list would be the gift of Charlotte Akin. Many in Southern Baptist life simply know her as Danny Akin’s wife, some are blessed to know her deeper than that, but only a select few know her as closely as we do. In April of 2005, J. Gerald Harris wrote a wonderful story on her in The Christian Index entitled “Georgia Baptist Children's Home product, Charlotte Akin, is a woman of grace and charm”. I think that it will give you a small glimpse into why we believe she is so special. November 21st is her birthday and as Thanksgiving draws near we want to express our thanks for her by telling her happy birthday.

In a world where the family is turned upside down, I cannot help but be humbled and thankful for my mother. She has shown love to me even when I did not deserve it. So I am grateful to be able to write a tribute of thanks to her because she is a blessing to all those lives she touches, there is no mother that would be a greater gift to me than Charlotte Akin. Mom it is so hard to express adequately how special you are in my life and in the lives of those who know you. You display so many qualities of godliness and you do this with a humble spirit. I am blessed with the most loving, sacrificial mother in the world. Even as I try to write this I am frustrated because I understand that this note is not enough to show you how truly special you are in my life and I realize how insufficient my words are to express how I feel about you. As a child, I never thought to appreciate the kind of person you were and are, but as I have grown older, I become amazed at your strength, your life, and your love for our Lord. I want you to know that even though you are not recognized like Dad (and I am sure you are glad about this) as a hero to some, you are a hero to your four sons. You really demonstrate what the Lord Jesus Christ can do with a life that submits to Him. I want to wish you a happy birthday and tell you that I love you very much. You are an inspiration and encouragement to me. You are truly a reason to give thanks. Nathan

Mom I want to wish you a happy birthday. You exemplify Philippians 2 better than anyone I know. I want you to know that I love you very much. You truly display Christ-like, sacrificial love. I want you to know that I believe you exhibit Christ-likeness to me as much as anyone I know. In thinking about the blessing you are I am thankful that throughout my life it can be said of my mother that she exhibits “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”. Jon

Happy Birthday Mom. You are the most humble person I have ever known. The joy of Christ is evident in your life. You provide a great example of what it means to be a biblical woman and I hope you have a great birthday! Your devotion to the Lord, care for your husband, and love for your children is honoring to God. Along with Boaz and the author of Proverbs I can say that “all the people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence” (Ruth 3:11; Proverbs 31:10). You have taught all of us boys what it means to follow Jesus. Not a day does by that I am not thankful for the godly guidance you have provided. I love you. Paul

The Lord has blessed my family with the godliest woman I know. She has a servant’s heart and a desire to see people come to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. She grew up in a family where her parents and siblings did not have a relationship with Jesus. I can remember time after time as a young boy watching my mother share the Gospel with her family and them constantly rejecting the message. However, one evening when I was in high school, I was sitting in our living room and my mother walked in crying. So I asked her what was wrong and she told me with tears coming down her face and joy in her heart that her brother David had just recently given his life to Jesus Christ and he had just called to tell her. I realized that evening how blessed I was to have a mother that desired so much to see her family come to salvation in Jesus Christ. God has given her the gift of service and she is always faithful in serving the body of Christ through using this gift. When I was growing up, she was constantly putting her desires and needs behind the desires and needs of the rest of the family. She spent many hours over a hot stove cooking awesome meals for my dad, my brothers and me. Furthermore, she spent many hours driving all four of her sons from one sporting event to the other. I can remember one night as a senior in high school asking my mom to cook me a cheese quesadilla at ten thirty in the evening, within ten minutes she was brining the meal upstairs to my room. My mom did not do all of these things to receive applause, or because she thought we would love her more. She knew that we would love her no mater what. However, she did these things for us simply to serve us and show us how much she loved us. Charlotte Akin is a wonderful woman of God. She loves, encourages and supports her husband very much. She loves, serves, and supports her children, daughter in-laws and granddaughter very much. However, she does all of these things because she loves the Lord Jesus Christ more than anyone or anything in the world. My mother is not only the godliest woman I know, she is also my hero and that is why I smile every time people say that we are just alike. I love my mother very much, and I am so thankful that the Lord blessed me with her. Tim

On this holiday season, I hope you can “count your many blessings”, as the Akin sons hope to do this in a small way for their mother by echoing the Proverbs, “her children will rise up and call her blessed”.

Vote 2008: How would you vote if both candidates are Pro-Choice?


I graduated from Murray State University several years ago with a degree in Political Science. I must admit, however, that my political zeal has waned in the past few years and even with a presidential election forthcoming I still have little interest. When attending Jonathan’s church a year ago, I heard him make a statement that I fully embraced. He said, “I will never vote for a candidate that is pro-choice.” That is a direct statement. Yet, we are at a point where we might have to put our vote (or not put our vote) where our mouth is. The presidential race might very well end up being a contest between two candidates with weak records on abortion and gay rights. CNN’s website has an article from their religion writer Roland Martin entitled, “Will evangelicals choose Giuliani over faith?” I believe this article is a necessary read for any evangelical.

    Roland Martin explains that Pat Robertson has endorsed Giuliani for president. Concerning this situation Martin critiques, “Evangelicals cursed and screamed when President Clinton had an affair in the White House, but it's clear they are willing to overlook the past marital failures of Giuliani, his fractured relationship with his children and his support for gay and abortion rights when mayor of New York. Those are not the family values they have beaten into the nation's consciousness for nearly 30 years.” Martin believes that Jerry Falwell would have supported Giuliani as well because before his death he stated that National Security was the most important issue, even above homosexuality or abortion. Martin then makes an evaluation of evangelicals that, if true, is most disheartening and appalling, “For years I have maintained that the focus of evangelicals was never really principles of the faith but the Republican Party.” This could be a major indictment against evangelicalism. Let me be clear. I have always voted for the Republican candidate, and I believe the Republican Party (traditionally) has more closely aligned with Christian principles. I do not think there is much to debate here. However, I am becoming more and more disenfranchised with politics everyday and with the Republican Party. This is not because I am shifting towards the Democratic Party, which I still oppose for its traditional outlook on the murder of babies in the womb and homosexuality. This language is harsh, but the murdering of innocent human life is a volatile issue.

    We have a real dilemma facing us as evangelicals. I write this blog partially to give my point of view, but also I want to hear from you. Do you disagree with me? Do you agree with me? How will you approach the election if it is Clinton vs. Giuliani? Do you think our integrity as evangelicals is at stake? Do you think conceding the election will send a message to the Republican Party?

    Let me make clear where I stand. I will not vote for Giuliani, and if the race is between him and Clinton, I will write in a vote for Al Mohler or Mike Huckabee. Let me say that I believe national security is important, but where do we think that our security and hope lie. The Lord told OT Israel repeatedly to not trust in chariots and horses for their defense, but to trust in Him! I would respectfully disagree with Dr. Falwell; we should never sacrifice ideals for safety if we trust in the Providence of God. I believe interaction in the political realm is important for the believer, but I do not think that means we give carte blanche to the Republicans if they reject Christian principles. I think this is a matter of integrity.

    If, as Mr. Martin asserts, evangelicalism is more concerned with the Republican Party than Christian values, then evangelicalism no longer exists. If this is evangelicalism, then I am no evangelical. I hope and pray that he is wrong. I used to hang so much of my hope on presidential elections, I remember as a teenager believing that the world was “coming to an end” when Clinton defeated Bush. I remember Bush defeating Gore and how important I thought that was and believing that all was right with the universe. Given my past mentality, I think my present disillusionment with politics might not be such a bad thing. That does not mean that I will not participate in politics, but it does mean that my hope lies elsewhere. I heard my father say years ago, “My hope is not in Capitol Hill, it is in Calvary’s Hill.” We hope in the King who died on Calvary’s Hill and rose from the dead to make all things right. We long for that day, a day when the murder of babies will not be an issue, and King Jesus will show what real power and justice looks like… and with that day drawing near this Political Scientist (if i can say that) has hope, even if Hillary Clinton is elected President.

American Football in Central Asia

helmet     If there are two things that the Akin’s will be talking about when they get together it is football and Theology… The Akin family loves college football, except the oddball Paul (he thinks he is a real GM in fantasy football; he errs on the word “fantasy”), and on most Saturdays we are watching and text messaging each other about football games, especially SEC football (unquestionably the best conference). On the other hand, many of our other conversations center on topics from charismatic revelatory manifestations to Calvinism to emerging church methods and everything in-between. Tim, the youngest, has found a way to wed these two favorite pastimes of the Akin clan together. He and his wife Anna have the amazing opportunity to coach an American college football team (different than the futbol of the rest of the globe, we are talking pigskins here) in Central Asia.

    They have been joined on this trip by Josh Lanford and Jeremy Lyons. This group of young men and Anna are currently meeting the team Tim will be coaching and instructing them in “real” football. I am writing this to ask for those who read this blog to pray for the work that will be going on this area of the world. I ask for prayer that the Spirit would move in a mighty way to draw men to the Lord Jesus Christ, and that even now the Spirit would be moving with power and authority and conviction in the lives of these men who probably do not even realize that there is something so much greater than football that will be imparted to them. If you would like to know of ways that you can help support them you can email me at nateakin@gmail.com. Please pray for their safety, but more than that pray for something of eternal significance to happen. Oh yeah, and if you see the Akin’s just know that we are still talking football and theology, and at least one of us has figured a way to use this to make a difference for the Kingdom of Christ, now that will make an older brother proud of a younger.

Convergent Conference

markComing up in September Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will be hosting The 2007 Convergent Conference. Pastor Mark Driscoll will be one of the featured speakers. He has recently blogged about this event and playfully added that he will not be "drinking, cussing, or sprinkling babies and calling it baptism". He has expressed his gratefulness for this opportunity and his hopes to honor Christ with his message. The event description can be found here. I am eagerly waiting for this event and am especially looking forward to hearing Pastor Driscoll. Event Registration ends September 7th.

Dr. Rainer (pt. 2)

LogoDr. Rainer addresses some of the issues facing the SBC, offers advice to young ministers, and weighs in on the new look Crimson Tide.


SBW: What is the most pressing issue facing the Southern Baptist Convention?


Simply stated, the SBC is in danger of dying. Our baptisms have not increased appreciably since 1950, even though we have more than twice as many members today. We must have a passion for doctrine. We must be relevant. And we must repent of our sins of evangelistic apathy. I am praying that God will break my heart for the lostness of humanity, and that I will be "unable to stop speaking about what [I] have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20).

SBW: What is your opinion about controversial issues like Calvinism,"emerging churches," and the role of the BF&M (Garner Resolution)?

Rather than re-enter the debate about each issue individually, my desire is for Southern Baptists to discuss these issues, even disagree about these issues, without being caustic and disagreeable. It seems like much of our debate is often more focused on castigating others than having a disagreement in a spirit of Christ-like love. I have a long way to go with my walk with the Lord, but I pray regularly that the words I write and the words I speak will be edifying and wholesome, even if I disagree with someone.

SBW: LifeWay Research recently published a study on tongues and PPL. That got a good deal of press. Why was that topic chosen? Were you surprised at the stir that it caused?

The survey on tongues was a part of an annual omnibus study that LifeWay has conducted for several years. Each year LifeWay has selected five or six key issues or items of current interest in the SBC and then formed a survey to determine attitudes, beliefs, practices, etc. related to these "hot topics". In the planning of the 2007 omnibus study, the issue of private prayer language was determined to be one of the top six issues of major interest and dialogue in the SBC. While I was not surprised at the stir it caused, I was surprised that the tone of the responses were pretty heated. I really expected our Calvinism study to create a greater stir, but the results did not seem to bother most Southern Baptists. I do regret the timing of the release, right before the Southern Baptist Convention. When we finally got the results, the convention was right upon us. I knew that I would be questioned if I released them at that point, right before the convention, or if I made the decision to hold them until after the SBC met. I am grieved at the divisiveness the study caused, and I take full responsibility for that.

SBW: What are some practical tips for encouraging church members to embrace sharing the gospel? What is THE most important factor in seeing this happen?

We say that we believe in the power of prayer. We say that we believe the Bible teaches us to share our faith. Why don't we then pray for opportunities to share the gospel with the lost and the unchurched? I have seen churches where the members truly take that challenge, and the church is revolutionized evangelistically.

SBW:What advice would you offer to seminarians and young pastors?

Be men of prayer. Practice humility. Love and tend to your family. Love the church. Initiate change in the church in a way that does not destroy the church. Preach the Word. Practice evangelism before you preach evangelism. Listen to others; you may be surprised at where you find true wisdom.

SBW: Does the Crimson Tide have a hope this fall? Favorite type of BBQ?

My favorite BBQ is pulled pork. And there is a vicious rumor circulating that I don't like anything green on my plate, That's not true. I like lime sherbet. The Saban-led Crimson Tide will improve in 2007, but it will be two or three years before the Tide is truly back. But . . . I do believe! Roll Tide!

One-On-One with Dr. Rainer

Bio picDr. Thom Rainer and his family have been friends of ours since we moved to Louisville when Jonathan and I were freshmen in High school. On our second day in Louisville we went to W.W. Cousins (best burgers in the country by the way) for burgers with the Rainer's. I was under the impression at the time that my Dad and Dr. Rainer had been long time friends because my father was leaving the next morning for a speaking engagement, and Dad told us that we would stay with the Rainer's while he was gone. I didn't know until the Convention in San Antonio this year that it was really the first time they had met and that apparently we had stayed with strangers our first few days in Louisville. The Rainer's were not strangers for long. We instantly became friends with their three boys Sam, Art, and Jess, and my parents immediately did the same with Thom and Nellie Joe. They are a family that the Akin family dearly loves, and Dr. Rainer is a man that I respect and admire very much. Dr. Rainer, now President of LifeWay Resources, has been gracious to grant sbcwitness an interview. The interview will be delivered in two parts. Today's entry will focus on the work of Dr. Rainer at LifeWay, including his transition from dean and professor to President, the current projects of LifeWay, and what the future potentially holds for Dr. Rainer and LifeWay. Tomorrow's entry will focus on the Southern Baptist Convention issues, advice from Dr. Rainer for churches and young ministers, and sadly a mention of his devotion to a school in Tuscaloosa. We are grateful here at sbcwitness that Dr. Rainer would take the time for this interview.

SBW: How do you think your previous experience has prepared you to be the president of LifeWay Christian Resources? How has your transition from professor/dean to head of Lifeway been?

I stand amazed every day that I am the president of LifeWay. There are many Southern Baptists who are smarter than I am, wiser than I am, and more godly than I am. There are points in my life that have certainly been an asset toward my preparation for this moment. I served for several years in the business world before answering God's call to vocational ministry. I had the opportunity to be the pastor of four very different churches in four states. My years as dean at Southern Seminary were invaluable in helping me understand better the academic world. And I am thankful that I had the opportunity to write several books and learn a bit about the world of Christian publishing. Certainly, the nearly 20 years I spent as a church consultant gave me some unique insights into the church. Still, despite the great opportunities God gave me in the past, I am amazed and humbled to be serving in this position.

SBW: What gets you excited when you think about the future of LifeWay Christian Resources?

LifeWay is one of the largest Christian resource providers in the world. The number of lives we touch each years is in the millions. It is an awesome and exciting opportunity. From a high-level perspective, I am excited about seeing LifeWay move toward greater biblical depth, as evidenced by B&H Academic. I am also excited about LifeWay becoming more relevant to the churches we serve, and LifeWay Research has moved us in that direction. But I guess I get most excited when I hear one of countless testimonies of someone becoming a Christian as God used one of our resources for that evangelistic opportunity.

SBW: What do you see happening with B&H Academic in the next few years?

With the recent addition of Terry Wilder in academic books and Jeremy Howard in the Biblical Reference Book area, Ray Clendenen has assembled a virtual "power team" for the acquisition and development of academic books. These men have joined David Stabnow, Steve Bonds, and Jim Baird, as B&H has the best program going forward in the academic arena representing a conservative, biblical viewpoint. The program Ray is crafting reflects my vision of an academic program built upon academic excellence and biblical authority. As old, once-reliable publishing houses veer off on a trajectory that includes more experimental theology in their catalogs, the biblical center is fast becoming the exclusive territory of B&H Academic.

SBW: What are a couple of exciting books that B&H will soon be publishing?

I could note many, but I will mention but a few: The HCSB Apologetics Study Bible,edited by Ted Cabal coming in September; and Passionate Conviction: Contemporary Discourses on Christian Apologetics, by William Lane Craig is due in October. A few titles a bit further out include: Perspectives on the Doctrine of God by Bruce A. Ware; Introduction to the Old Testament by Eugene Merrill, Mark Rooker, and Michael Grisanti; Introduction to the New Testament by Andreas Kostenberger, Scott Kellum and Charles Quarles; and Holman Dictionary of Christian Philosophy by Steve Lemke. A recently-released systematic theology, A Theology for the Church, is one of our best-selling academic titles. It was edited by Danny Akin. Do you know him?

SBW: What are you currently researching? Are you working on any books right now?

LifeWay Research has either concluded or is working on the following projects that have yet been released to the public: portions of an omnibus study related to alcohol; further studies on Calvinism in the SBC; and church polity. Results will be released at various times this fall. We are about to release the findings of a "teenage dropout" study analyzing the factors that contribute to the loss of teenagers from church involvement. We are in the middle of a major longitudinal discipleship study that seeks to determine the degree to which regular church attenders mature spiritually over the course of one year and why. We are also in the process of conducting a project related to marriage and family life. I am working on a book with my oldest son, Sam, about the major characteristics of churches that do well retaining their members. It is tentatively titled Essential Church.

SBW: How did you come up with the idea for your new book Simple Church? Can you explain, in brief, the idea behind the book?

The idea actually originated with the research of Eric Geiger, the co-author of the book, in his doctoral studies at Southern Seminary. I saw the incredible research he did on Southern Baptist churches, and helped him to expand the study to non-SBC churches as well. The central theme of the book is that churches must have a clear and biblical process for making disciples. Most churches are activity-driven rather than driven to make disciples.

SBW: Are any future plans of changing/tweaking the adult Sunday School curriculum? Right now there are only two options that I know – the Life series and Thru the Bible, any plans you have for a change in this direction?

We are constantly looking to improve our Sunday School curriculum. Sometimes it involves tweaking; other times it involves major changes. We actually have four different types of adult curriculum now. My personal favorite is Explore the Bible, a systematic study of all 66 books over an eight-year period. A new cycle begins this fall. The Life Connections curriculum seeks to be clearly life application, Bible Studies for Life provides studies according to an adult's stage of life: young adults, couples, parents, empty nester's, and retired adults. Master Works utilizes top-rate Bible studies by a variety of well-known authors. A nine-lesson study by the late Adrian Rogers is available this fall.

Faith of our Father Spotlight: Danny Akin Part 2

fatherDanny Akin is now offering a weekly podcast on his website. The site will release one sermon a week on Mondays. His sermon series through Jude will be released first, and will follow all the way through his series on the Revelation. He preached a 7-part series on Jude during Southeastern’s 2006 Spring semester. He preached the 36-part series entitled “The Great Unveiling” through Revelation when he served as teaching Pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. These are all expository sermons, verse-by-verse through the final two books of the Bible. I would greatly encourage you to go to I-Tunes, his website, or Southeastern’s and subscribe to this podcast.

 His website also offers many other resources for pastors, students, and laypeople, and all of them are free. There are audios to all the sermons that he has preached in chapels at Southern and Southeastern Seminaries. He also provides notes and manuscripts for all these sermons. Dr. Akin has also includes articles that he has written and lectures that he has given. He supplies notes, outlines, and audio from workshops and conferences that he has taught. These include a “20/20 Apologetics conference” presented at Southeastern and his notes that he uses to teach at Jay Strack’s Student Leadership University in Orlando. Dr. Akin has a section devoted to theological and practical issues, which includes articles he has put together on topics such as Baptism, Church Discipline, Expository Preaching, Hermeneutics, Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Gifts, Eschatology, Fact Sheets on topics like alcohol abuse, and notes that he provides his students in his Christian Theology class. Also, in this section are audio-series’ delivered at Wake Crossroads Baptist Church on the topics of Bible Doctrine and on How to study, interpret, and teach the Bible. 

 Finally, he has included an extensive section on marriage and family. The section includes three audio-series’ that he has preached on marriage and family: “Song of Solomon: God’s Manual for a Marvelous Marriage,” “Making the Most of Your Marriage,” and “God on Marriage.” He also includes a marriage talk he does at his seminary for married couples at orientation. Dr. Akin has produced a 40+ page manual with materials on the topic and an article that he and Charlotte wrote on the home.

 The website has a ton of resources that Dr. Akin wants to be freely disseminated; I encourage everyone to use this tool to help their ministry.

 Nathan Akin


Dr. Mohler “On Faith”, Atheism, and an Onslaught Against Christianity

picDr. Mohler has recently produced several works on the topic of faith. He has recently been asked to participate in a panel discussion over different topics of faith. The group discussion is called “On Faith” and is being presented through Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post. The first topic of conversation is “If some religious people believe they have a monopoly on truth, then are conversation and common ground possible? If so, what would be the difficulties and benefits of such a conversation?” The panel includes many notable names including Desmond Tutu, Sam Harris, Richard Land, Brian D. McLaren, and Cal Thomas. Dr. Mohler's answer is entitled "Telling the Truth about Truth."

 Dr. Mohler also composed two articles on the topic of Atheism at his website. He states that “2006 has been a big year for atheism.” He writes in his blog an article entitled “No Conflict Between Science and Religion?” and in his commentary section “The New Atheism?” In the blog article Mohler focuses in on a recent conference on the topic of science and religion held at Salk institute for Biological Studies. Mohler states that “Evidently, the event was an opportunity to declare open warfare on belief in God.” Dr. Mohler states on his site that

“The New Scientist described the meeting as an evangelistic rally for disbelief in God: It had all the fervour of a revivalist meeting. True, there were no hallelujahs, gospel songs or swooning, but there was plenty of preaching, mostly to the converted, and much spontaneous applause for exhortations to follow the path of righteousness. And right there at the forefront of everyone's thoughts was God.”

In his commentary he writes of a recent cover story from WIRED on the topic of a rising New Atheism. Dr. Mohler points out from the article that “In ‘The New Atheism,’ WIRED contributing Editor Gary Wolf explains that this newly assertive form of atheism declares a very simple message: ‘No heaven. No hell. Just science.’” The article from WIRED focuses on three prominent Atheists (whom Gary Wolf interviewed for much of his article), and the article is quick to point out that these men not only don’t believe in God, they also are evangelists for this non-religion. These three men are Richards Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett.

 Dr. Mohler’s articles are very insightful and worth reading sense vitriolic atheism seems to be on the rise and will become more prevalent. We are made more keenly aware of the assault the post-modern culture is making on Christianity. We must be steadfast in our convictions and in our knowledge of the “faith once for all delivered to the saints.” We realize that we do not hope that people will come to believe in some abstract, Supreme Being, but we hope that they will come to have an intimate knowledge of the God who became flesh. We hope for their belief in the God who bore the cross and our sins in His own body and the God who provides salvation and relationship through that mediator. Understanding that God says in Psalm 14 “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’ they are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.”

 Dr. Mohler sums it up best at the end of his blog by asserting that “Right there at the forefront of everyone's thoughts was God? Yes — inevitably so — even at a forum held to declare his non-existence.” We must understand that we are not righteous, we do not seek after God, but we do serve a savior who, “came to seek and to save that which is lost”. A savior who came to bring light to the dark and the dark has not understood this light. We realize through grace we have had this “Light” revealed to us, even as we pray for those that are blinded and unable at present to see the Light of the World. 


Week 4: Letdown Saturday

Last week was labeled by the experts Separation Saturday; I am going to label this week Letdown Saturday because of the unimpressive slate of games. Also, it is weeks like this that the upsets seem to pop up for those teams that had either big wins or big losses on a previous Saturday that was so important. Next week the standings up to this point will be released…