I have been absent from this world for a while. I am preparing to leave Missouri and head to Illinois for a year on a vicarage assignment. I am hoping through the nest year I will be more faithful in corresponding what is transpiring in Staunton through this medium.

Monday, April 30, 2007

So the NFL Draft has just concluded and there are two standout teams this year due to their picks and there will be two stand out teams next year when the draft concludes that I already know about.
This year the big winners were Oakland and Cleveland. Cleveland is an obvious winner because not only did they fill a spot on the line with the Big Guy Joe Thomas, but they gave hom someone to protect Brady Quinn. Just let me say that no matter how great Ted Ginn becomes down the road, if ever, he will never pay back dividends like Quinn. To the suprise of the NFL Ohio has become perhaps the most potent football state in the nation with the addition of Quinn to the Browns, it will take 2 years before we see anything from Brady, but that will be enough time for Carson Palmer to get back on the horse.
Next Oakland, not only did they release a cancer to the team in Moss, but they snagged a franchise running back in Michael Bush from the 2nd day. Now, Mike Bush is still recovering from a broken leg, but as McGahee showed us will and hard work can demolish and injury. Boo to Bush's agent for letting him fall so far, but horray for the Raiders for not letting him slip farther than he did. Even though the Raiders have, what should be, a bruising rushing attack with Rhodes and Jordan, this gives Bush a year to fully rehab and strengthen that leg before he is ready to be the new improved Larry Johnson. He is going to outshine JaMarcus Russel when they are working together. This could be an Aikman-Smith combo in 4 or 5 years.

Next Years winners already, New England and Dallas. Somehow these two Super Bowl contending teams will have 2 first round picks in the 2008 draft. Now even if there is not as much talent in the 2008 draft, NFL Managers are basing that a year seperated from when it is. Dallas will get Clevelands first round pick, and no matter what, Cleveland is going to suck in 07-08, the Cowboys are guaranteed a top 5 pick, and then the 24-30th pick, stacked. New England will add 2 more first rounders to top off their two first rounders from thie year, giving the newly equipped Pats even more defensive firepower which is a first round favorite for Belly and the Pats. In 10 years this draft will turn out a Marino and an Elway, an Emmit Smith, and a new Randy Moss.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter and Baptism

There are two dates on the calendar during the church year here in Taiwan that mean more to me than any other days. Christmas and Easter. Many Christians that read or hear about those dates in congruence with importance would say, "That makes sense."
Here, there are two dates on the calendar during the church year that all of the converst to Christianity are baptized. I will give you two guesses...
Easter {the date} has just passed us. On Easter 4 persons were baptized which is one more person than all of last year was washed. Amazing to see the fruit the spirit provides for human eyes.
The English names of the baptized are Emily, Mikey, Grace, Jasmine.
Jasmine and Grace are students that have had contact with we foreign teachers for several years. They have been taught bible and had contact with all of us daily for the last two years if not more, and most likely more. Mikey has been coming to church and many of the church activities for several years and is a friend of many college aged students in the church already. He had struggled for a long time with the idea of being baptized and leaving his fmaily behind him. Emily is a new teacher at CMS and has been a teacher here as long as I have. Last year I had several conversations with her and many of the other young teachers here about God, Heaven, angels, etc. After a while I heard she was reading the bible with one of the very active and energetic Christian teachers from the school. Now, about one year later she is baptized. These ceratinly are amazing stories. Humans that are leaving what their families have known and practiced for what very well could be a good part of 5000 years. Pray for these new young lives in Christ. Pray that they will not be reverted back to a pagan belief. Or the internigling of the Gospel truth with the ancient practices of this culture.