Monday, January 29, 2007
Baller of the Week - Tracy Mcgrady. With the Rockets' offensive struggling a little against SA and Portland, TMAC led the team to 2 victories by shooting 62.5% from the floor and averaging 32.5 points.
Predictions for the Week - 3 Wins and 0 Losses
Friday, January 26, 2007
On Dr. Witherington's blog, I asked him, "Why Christians should care about the environment?", and he gave, I think, a great answer:
"There are several reasons: 1) of course it is in part because we are fouling our own nest and it hurts other human beings; 2)I believe that the church is always supposed to be about the business of making this a better world by offering up a whole Gospel, both in its spiritual and a social dimension. I recognize of course that the new heaven and new earth will only come in any full sense after Jesus returns. This is what the NT says. However, I also know that Jesus wants to find us being about the Father's business when he comes. And that business involves the salvation and redemption of the world, not just of human souls. So any alleviation of human misery is something that honors our God who will one day bring the resurrection and the new heaven and new earth."
Also over the past couple of weeks, Dr. Witherington has written several articles on his blog about the environment that are worth checking out:
1) Evangelicals and Climate Scientists Agree on Global Warming
2) Global Warming and Evangelicals Part Deux
3) The Smoking Gun--1600 Page Global Warming Report Out Soon
Monday, January 22, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
1) Rebounding - The Mavs out rebounded the Rockets 44 to 32 in total and 15 to 8 in offensive rebounds.
2) Josh Howard - The dude is an All-Star. He is unstoppable offensively and he was killing my man, Shane (who always does a great job on Dirk). He can shoot from three, off the dribble, and he makes all his lay-ups.
3) Devean George - Four 3's and 6 boards coming off the bench
4) Mavs Small Line-up - In the 3rd quarter, the Mavs moved Dirk to center, leaving Mutombo to "guard" or leave open George for 3's. This was particularly effective because the Rockets couldn't get the Mavs back on the other end by killing them with a post player (We miss you, Yao)
5) Tmac Got Cold - Even though Tmac scored 45, he still relied too much on his jump shot, especially in the 2nd half as he got to the free-throw line ONCE and he shot 10 shots that were 20 feet or more, missing 7 of those. Dude, get to the line like D Wade.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Rockets Baller of the Week: Dikembe Mutombo averaged 15.2 boards and 2.2 rebounds this week.
Scrub of the Week: Rafer Alston - Skip shot 19% from the floor for the first two games, though he recovered towards the end of the week by averaging 19 against LAL, Den, and Sac.
Play of the Week: Luther Head’s dunk on Turiaf
Prediction for next week: 2 Wins (Dallas and Den)and 1 Loss (Pho)
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Dikembe Mutombo swatted five shots in a win over the Lakers and moved into what is technically second place all-time with 3,191, two more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Kareem's first four NBA seasons weren't counted, because blocks didn't become an official stat until 1973-74. Hakeem Olajuwon is the all-time leader at 3,830. 91 
Monday, January 08, 2007
Dr. Blomberg concludes in his book with these principles:
- Material possessions are a good gift from God meant for his people to enjoy.
- Material possessions are simultaneously one of primary means of turning human hearts away from God.
- A necessary sign of a life in the process of being redeemed is that of transformation in the area of stewardship.
- There are certain extremes of wealth and poverty which are in and of themselves intolerable.
- Above all, the Bible’s teaching about the material possession is inextricably intertwined with more ‘spiritual’ matters 
And then draws these applications:
- If wealth is an inherent good, Christians should try to gain it.
- If wealth is seductive, giving away some of our surplus is a good strategy for resisting the temptation to overvalue it.
- If stewardship is a sign of a redeemed life, then Christians will, by their new natures, want to give.
- If certain extremes of wealth and poverty are inherently intolerable, those of us with excess income (i.e. most readers of this book!) will work hard to help at least a few of the desperately needy in our world.
- If holistic salvation represents the ultimate good God wants all to receive, then our charitable giving should be directed to individuals, churches or organizations who minister holistically, carrying for people’s bodies as well as their souls, addressing their physical as well as their spiritual circumstances. 
For the exegetical support for these principles and applications check out the rest of Dr. Blomberg’s book, “Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical theology of possessions”.
 Pg. 243- 247
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Best Piper Book - God is the Gospel
1. The Bible and the Future
Best Pastoral - Speaking Truth in Love by David Powlison