Friday, April 28, 2006

Black Robbers

I received this story by email, and thought it was worth sharing with you all.


David Letterman's take on this:(And it's a true story...)

On a recent weekend in Atlantic City, a woman won a bucketful of quarters at a slot machine. She took a break from the slots for dinner with her husband in the hotel dining room. But first she wanted to stash the quarters in her room. "I'll be right back and we'll go to eat," she told her husband and carried the coin-laden bucket to the elevator.

As she was about to walk into the elevator she noticed two men already aboard. Both were black. One of them was tall...very intimidating figure. The woman froze. Her first thought was: These two are going to rob me. Her next thought was: Don't be a bigot, they look like perfectly nice gentlemen. But racial stereotypes are powerful, and fear immobilized her. She stood and stared at the two men. She felt anxious, flustered and ashamed. She hoped they didn't read her mind but Gosh, they had to know that she was thinking!!! Her hesitation about joining them in the elevator was all too obvious now. Her face was flushed. She couldn't just stand there, so with a mighty effort of will she picked up one foot and stepped forward and followed with the other foot and was on the elevator. Avoiding eye contact, she turned around stiffly and faced the elevator doors as they closed. A second passed, and the another second, and then another. Her fear increased! The elevator didn't move. Panic consumed her. She thought, I'm trapped and about to be robbed! Her heart plummeted. Perspiration poured from every pore.

Then one of the men said, "Hit the floor." Instinct told her to do what they told her. The bucket of quarters flew upwards as she threw out her arms and collapsed on the elevator floor. A shower of coins rained down on her. Take my money and spare me, she prayed. More seconds passed. She heard one of the men say politely, "Ma'am, if you'll just tell us what floor you're going to, we'll push the button." The one who said it had a little trouble getting the words out. He was trying mightily to hold in a belly laugh. The woman lifted her head and looked up at the two men. They reached down to help her up. Confused, she struggled to her feet. "When I told my friend here to hit the floor," said the average sized one, "I meant that he should hit the elevator button for our floor. I didn't mean for you to hit the floor, ma'am." He spoke genially. He bit his lip. It was obvious he was having a hard time not laughing. The woman thought: What a spectacle I've made of myself. She was humiliated to speak. She wanted to blurt out an apology, but words failed her. How do you apologize to two perfectly respectable gentlemen for behaving as though they were going to rob you? She didn't know what to say. The three of them gathered up the strewn quarters and refilled her bucket.

When the elevator arrived at her floor they then insisted on walking her to her room. She seemed a little unsteady on her feet, and they were afraid she might not make it down the corridor. At her door they bid her a good evening. As she slipped into her room she could hear them roaring with laughter as they walked back to the elevator. The woman brushed herself off. She pulled herself together and went downstairs for dinner with her husband. The next morning flowers were delivered to her room - a dozen roses. Attached to EACH rose was a crisp one hundred dollar bill. The card said:"Thanks for the best laugh we've had in years."

It was signed; Eddie Murphy and Michael Jordan


While the story is funny, it reminds us that we still have a ways to go in ridding ourselves of stereotypes. As I read this, my mind went back to the movie, CRASH. Another reminder of how deep-seeded racial prejudice is in us. May God deliver us! But I am also grateful that we can laugh at ourselves.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Just a Thought

After the reign of Solomon, the nation of Israel became divided in a civil war. The northern tribes -- called Israel -- fell into apostasy. The southern tribes (mainly Judah) went through a roller coaster ride of good kings and bad kings.

One of the good kings, Asa, introduced far-reaching reforms designed to bring the nation back to God. He destroyed all the idol worship. He commanded his people to seek the Lord and to obey His commands. He even removed the queen mother from her position because she had made an Ashorah pole to worship.

During his reign, the Cushites (Ethiopians) mounted armies to come against Judah. Asa prayed to the Lord, and the Lord struck down (actually the text says "crushed") the Cushites. All Judah had to do was go in and collect the spoils of the "battle."

But when Israel declared war against Judah, Asa paid Syria to be their allies. Syria agreed, after being paid a huge sum of money.

For this action, God sent his prophet Hanani to Asa. He reminded Asa how the Lord had delivered him from the powerful Cushites. He chided Asa for not turning to the Lord when Israel declared war. Instead he turned to the pagan Syrians. The prophet said, (2 Chronicles 16: 7-9) "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war."

Asa's response? Anger. He threw Hanani into prison, and oppressed some of his people.

Scripture goes on to tell us that later in his life, Asa developed a disease in his feet. Though the disease was severe, he never sought the Lord's help, but only the help of his physicians.

As I read the story, I couldn't help but think about how often the Lord delivers me. Yet, the next bind I find myself in -- I am looking for fleshly, material means of deliverance. I wonder how negatively that might affect my spiritual growth? If God basically removed His blessing from Asa for looking to men rather to God for deliverance, might He do the same with me today? Just a thought.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

American Idol

Many days, I sit down to write a blog and it just gushes out. Other days I sit in front of my blank computer screen trying to think of what to write, and nothing comes to me. Today is one of those days. So, let's talk about American Idol.

What contestant do you think has the best chance of winning at this point? My guess is that Chris will win. But here is my personal ranking of the remaining six:

1. Paris
2. Elliott
3. Katharine
4. Chris
5. Taylor
6. Kellie

So here is my prediction for tonight: Bottom three are Katharine, Taylor and Kellie. Out? Katharine. Not because she is the worst performer, but because she will not have the base support that the others have.

I would love to hear your personal choices.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Foreigners Above the Trees

I finished reading the book, The End of the Spear, the other night. There is a story in it that gives me goose bumps. As the Auca natives were retelling the events of 1956, there was a recurring theme among those who had been present. They spoke of "the foreigners above the trees" as they speared the 5 missionaries who had come to help them. Understand, this is one of the most primitive tribes on the planet. They have no frame of reference for many of the images we take for granted in our culture. So, Steve Saint kept exploring this imagery as he tried to understand the events surrounding his father's martyrdom.

Then one day as he and Stephen Curtis Chapman and some others were sitting in a hut in the small village discussing with the natives a video that they were wanting to film, someone in a nearby hut was working on the sound system. He was playing some orchestra music. One of the men who had been present at the murders bolted upright during a certain movement in the music and said, "That's the sound!." Steve Saint and Stephen Curtis Chapman looked at each other confused. Moments later during a repeat of that same movement, another man who had been present came into the hut and said, "That was the sound!"

As he pieced the events together, Steve Saint finally figured out what those present were saying -- and their story was a common one. The only instrument the Aucas had was a hollow reed that, when blown in, sounded like blowing over a Coke bottle. Yet, they recognized the sound of harps, etc when the sound man was testing his equipment. They had heard it the day they speared the missionaries. And the "foreigners above the trees?" They were a multitude of angels!

Friday, April 21, 2006


Hasn't the rain the last couple of days been refreshing? Looks like we will have a couple of beautiful days heading into the weekend.

Today, Beverly and I are heading to Trophy Club to serve as volunteers for the Tommy Maddox Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament. This is the foundation that will be underwriting Beverly's new counseling practice in Wise County.

Tonight, Beverly will be in Wichita Falls, presenting for a ladies' retreat. She will speak tonight and a couple of hours in the morning. Then, she will join me at 1 PM for our church golf tournament at Runaway Bay. She is one busy gal!

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

End of the Spear (2)

I'm reading The End of the Spear, written by Steve Saint. His father was among the missionaries killed by the Aucas, a native tribe in Equador, back in 1956. Steve's mother, along with some of the other widows, decided to still attempt to reach the Aucas and minister to them -- so Steve grew up among them.

At some point, he came back to the states and became a successful businessman. However, he returned to Equador for the funeral of his aunt who had stayed for 40 years to minister to these people. While there, the Aucas talked Steve into returning to work with them. So, he took his family with him (wife, 3 teenager) to live among this primitive tribe.

After staying with them for a stint, he decided that to remain with them would actually hinder them from being independent of him. So, he moved back to the States (Ocala, Florida). He talks about the difficulties the family had in reentering our culture. For instance, paying $6,000 in auto insurance for his family -- which was more than they had lived on in Equador for over a year.

One funny story he tells: He tells of a lady who was at the grocery store picking out some TV dinners. Suddenly, she put them back and said, "I don't think I want to cook this evening."

The book is really interesting. I would recommend it. It is not the same as the movie. In fact, it kind of picks up where the movie ended.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Snippets from Solomon

In my daily Bible reading, I am currently in Ecclesiastes. I came across a few of interesting verses yesterday. See what you think.

Ecclesiastes 10: 2 "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." I bet you didn't know Rush Limbaugh wrote Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes 7: 28 "I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all." I wouldn't touch this one with a 10-foot pole! What in the world does it mean? I think Solomon had some real issues when it came to women. But I would hate to answer to my 700 wives after writing something like this!

Ecclesiastes 7: 10 "Do not say, 'Why were the old days better than these?' For it is not wise to ask such questions." I've seen so many people who get stuck in the past. "If only we could return to the 50s. That's when everything was great." There would be a few million people of color who would disagree, as well as a multitude of women who felt trapped in repressive marriages.

Ecclesiastes 7: 1 "A good name is better than fine perfume." Beverly and I so wanted to instill this one in our kids, and they have made us proud. I wonder how many times they heard us say, "Remember whose you are."

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Global Warming

I was out playing golf with a good friend yesterday afternoon. The temperature was hovering close to 100. I like it like that -- but it's only mid-April!

For a long time, I was skeptical of the global warming proponents. And while I do believe there are extremists in every political position, I am beginning to wonder if we humans are affecting our planet's environment adversely. Or, is it just a cyclical adjustment -- and we are simply going through a hot, dry pattern for a few years? Certainly there have been similar ones in the past. My father-in-law has told me many times about how desperately dry it was back in the early to mid 50s.

We have certainly been blessed by some great human inventions: the automobile, for example. On the top of my list would be air conditioning. And I am grateful for them all. However, as stewards of this planet, I do believe God holds us accountable to use good judgment and discernment. Instead of thinking only of our own comfort and ease, we ought to be taking steps to leave future generations a better planet.

Again, I don't know exactly where the truth is in the debate over global warming. I wish we could really trust the "experts." But both extremes have "experts" shouting totally different messages. I do think it would be unwise to simply close our eyes and ears to the warnings.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Great Weekend!

(Sorry, I wrote this earlier this morning, but accidently saved it as a draft rather than posting it.)

Last weekend was a busy one. But it was a great one! On Saturday morning, Beverly and I went to the Hyatt at the airport to watch our "kids" from church at LTC (Leadership Training for Christ). What a great event this is for our young people. It was fun to hang out with their parents for most of the day as we went from event to event.

By the time we got home, we began preparations for Sunday (Easter). Beverly cooked while I did my normal Saturday night routine (ironing shirt, polishing shoes, and going over my lessons). Then we settled in and watched a movie together (which is one of my favorite-est things to do).

And yesterday! What a wonderful Easter! My daughter and her husband came to worship with us. Of course, this included the icing on the cake -- our granddaughter, Malaya. She was so cute in her new dress. She had her new American Girl doll that was dressed to match. After church, they came to the house for a delicious lunch that Beverly had prepared, and we had such a relaxed afternoon together. It was good.

Let's take with us the aroma of Christ into this week. And let's dream big dreams for the Kingdom!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday?

Somewhere in antiquity, someone begin numbering the years wrong. Scholars still argue as to the precise year that early events took place. But likely, 1,978 years ago today Jesus was in the tomb. As in DEAD.

For many years, people have referred to today as "Good Friday." Did you know that an excellent argument can be made for Thursday actually being the day of the crucifixion? In fact, I could easily be swayed to go with that. But regardless of which day Jesus was crucified, it's interesting that we would call it "Good."

What's so good about it? A perfect, innocent man was violently executed. I haven't refreshed myself as to the historical reasons why the day is called "Good." But I'm guessing that it goes something like this: Back in Genesis, everything God created He called "good." But it didn't take long until that was all turned upside down. We call it The Fall. And for the next thousands of years, God looked at human fallenness -- wanting so much to reconcile His creation to Himself. So humans butchered animals and the blood flowed. It helped, but it was somewhat of a stop-gap measure.

On that day that the perfect Lamb of God said, "It is finished" -- God could again say, "It is good." Our sin debt was paid for. The road to God was opened. The barriers were knocked down.

So it is "Good Friday." Unless it was actually "Good Thursday." But either way, it was ultimately only good because of what we look forward to on Sunday -- Resurrection Day. When Jesus went through the veil of death -- and came through ALIVE! Praise the Lord! Jesus lives!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

At The Feet of Jesus

This Sunday, my text is Matthew 28: 1-10. I am especially drawn in by verse 9, where is says that Mary and Mary "clasped (Jesus') feet and worshiped him."

We in Churches of Christ have been big on "patterns" in Scripture. So, as I look at how people responded in worship to Jesus, there is a definite pattern that develops. They are regularly falling at His feet.

I realize that we can't literally fall at Jesus' feet today. But our expressions of worship seem far removed from theirs. "We have to stand again?" "Let me just sit for an hour."

I can't wait for heaven! To be in His presence. To kneel at His feet.

I can honestly say that as I have envisioned heaven through the years, I have never once pictured us sitting down as we praise Him.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Iran and Nukes

So, Iran is working toward developing a nuclear weapon. What should we do about that? I have to admit -- it leaves me convoluted. Understand: I do not think the world would be a safer, better place if Iran had nukes. And I hope that through diplomatic channels, we can work around it. But are we entitled to be the world police simply because we are the biggest and baddest guys on the block? Could these kinds of attitudes be what causes much of the rest of the world to dislike us?

I love the USA! I especially love when we get involved in sharing what we have with a needy world because we are so blessed. But I don't usually feel good inside when we are telling other countries what they can and cannot do -- when we do some of the same things. I know it is an overused argument, but we are still to this day the only nation to have used nuclear weapons against another nation. I am not even disagreeing with Truman's decision. But I still struggle with our "Do as I say, not as I do" diplomacy.

The way we operate makes me wonder if our only allies are those who need our money and resources. Not exactly the kind of ally I would want guarding my back.

So, what do you think?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Need For Boundaries

As you are probably aware, I am on a tear right now about men needing to place boundaries around themselves to protect their sexual purity. I have been stressing that we need to have eyes only for our wives.

In Sunday's Dallas Morning News, Steve Blow wrote an article entitled "Web porn behind flood of sex cases." I want to share some of his findings: He states that child sexual exploitation on the Internet is a $20 billion-a-year industry. He asks should we be alarmed by this? "Yes, absolutely," said Dr. Deb Corley. She is founder of Sante Center for Healing, an addiction treatment center in Argyle. She was one of the first therapists in the area to deal with sexual addiction. Statistics are hard to come by, but she sees firsthand the growing devastation of sexual misconduct -- the careers ruined, the marriages destroyed, the arrests and convictions. And she knows what fuels it: Internet pornography.

The stories she hears all start the same: A little dabbling in online porn to relieve boredom or stress. "It's like crystal meth. It's absolutely that addictive," Dr. Corley said. "And it's a slippery slope because once your brain gets tired of looking at whatever you started with, it's going to seek something more novel," she said.

You know, that's the way sin works. James 1: 14-15 says "each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."

In other words, DON"T DABBLE WITH SIN! It's very formula is to get us to nibble -- and then we're hooked. We need to protect ourselves. Put strong boundaries in place! Don't be Satan's next fatality.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Gospel of Judas, Part 2

We had a great Sunday yesterday. I was surprised how many people asked me my opinion about this Gospel of Judas controversy. Randy David sent me an article from Edward Fudge that I think deals with the subject well. So, I am reprinting it here. Thanks Randy.

Edward Fudge
Apr 9, 2006

As every savvy marketer knows, sensationalism sells books and attracts a television audience. The National Geographic Channel can therefore expect a host of viewers for its special program "The Gospel of Judas" set to show tonight (Sunday, April 9, 2006). "One of the most significant biblical finds of the last century," hypes the producer's website, "-- a lost gospel that could challenge what is believed about the story of Judas and his betrayal of Jesus." The TV special follows the translated publication three days earlier of the so-called Gospel of Judas, a codex (bound like a book rather than rolled like a scroll) written on papyrus sheets in the Coptic language and discovered by looters near El Minya, Egypt in the 1970's.

This manuscript, carbon-dated at about A.D. 300, is indeed "significant" -- but primarily for its contribution to our understanding of early Gnostic teaching, an influential heresy opposed by numerous early Christian writers and, in an even-earlier form, by both the apostles John and Paul in the canonical New Testament itself (Gospel of John, First John, Second John; Colossians). The Gnostics (from a Greek word for "knowledge") claimed special insight into mysteries of the cosmos, secret wisdom passed down through the centuries but hidden from ordinary mortals. (The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown certainly did not invent sensationalism!)

Gnostic teaching usually claimed that the material universe was evil, having been created by a lesser deity; denied that Jesus was both truly human and uniquely divine; and (like philosophies ranging from ancient Hinduism and Buddhism to today's New Age cults) enticed adherents with promises of exclusive spiritual fulfillment if not actual deification. The "Gospel of Judas" claims to report conversations between Judas Iscariot and Jesus during the Final Week, in which Jesus tells Judas "secrets no other person has ever seen." In the document's most sensational "revelation," Jesus asks Judas to help the spirit of Jesus escape its mortal flesh by betraying him to death ("You will sacrifice the man that clothes me"), although this will result in Judas being "cursed by the other generations."

At of now, scholars believe the newly-translated "Gospel of Judas" might be a Coptic translation of the earlier Greek-language "Gospel of Judas" mentioned about A.D. 180 by Irenaeus of Lyons, a pupil of Polycarp, who in turn was taught by the Apostle John. In his work titled "Against Heresies," Irenaeus described the "Gospel of Judas" as a fictional work manufactured by a group known as Cainites who claimed spiritual lineage from Cain, Esau, Korah and the Sodomites. According to Irenaeus, the "Gospel of Judas" said of Judas that "he alone, knowing the truth as no others [of the Apostles] did, accomplished the mystery of the betrayal" (31:1). Irenaeus dismissed the "Gospel of Judas" as a fraud and its teaching as anti-Christian heresy. Those who know and believe the true gospel taught by John and the other Apostles should feel free to react the same way today.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Judas: Friend or Foe?

I glanced at the headlines this morning, and saw that the Dallas Morning News is going to do a series on Judas. Was he the traitor of Jesus? Or was he actually obeying Jesus by turning Him over to the authorities? So, we are going to have some "scholars" 2,000 years after the fact try to convince us that they have suddenly received these keen insights. They will tell us that what the church has traditionally believed has been wrong.

This seems to be the new fad. Supposed scholars reshaping the story, as if we have arrived at a new age of enlightenment. They haven't uncovered new information. But the implication is that those before them have just not been as savvy as they are. And major universities actually pay these folks to sit around and dream up this garbage.

Let's go back to the event in question. John was there! Not one of these folks with their PhD's were there (By the way, I think higher learning is marvelous. What I am opposed to is heresy masked in higher learning). John wrote that "the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus" (Jn. 13: 2). Now, unless the devil had suddenly become a "team player" -- allied with Jesus, this doesn't bode well for making Judas look like the hero.

And bless his heart. If he was actually doing Jesus such a favor, then Luke was really smearing Judas after he had killed himself. (By the way, why did Judas hang himself if turning Jesus over to the authorities was such a favor to Him?) In Act 1: 18, Luke says "With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field." "Wickedness?" Since when did that go hand-in-hand with being allied with Jesus?

Oh, well. Unfortunately there are many gullible people who will listen to this nonsense because so much of it makes the gospel more palatable and more politically correct. But it's amazing what the story says when we just let it tell itself.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Busy, Busy

Busy. I'm guilty. Beverly and I have many talks about our need to slow down. But we don't seem to be making any progress.

It really hit me the other day. I asked a guy if he would like to study the Bible. He said yes. So, I said, "OK, when could we get together?" And I realized that I didn't have one evening open. Wow!

Some people wear their business like a badge, as if it gives them a sense of importance. That is not why I am writing this today. I think to be too busy is a negative character trait rather than something to be admired.

Henry Nouwen once wrote: "There is seldom a period in which I do not know what to do, and I move through life in such a distracted way that I do not even take the time and rest to wonder if any of the things I think, say or do are worth thinking, saying or doing."

And Charles Swindoll observed (I am paraphrasing here), "We more often resemble a stampeding herd of cattle than a flock of sheep grazing beside still waters."

Oh, I don't want to be that! But I am.

God, help me to develop the discipline to be still and know that You are God.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Spirit and Truth

I was teaching my class at Amberton last night. We were in John 4 -- the great story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. We came to verse 24, and I just confessed to the class that I have never felt settled with the meaning of this verse. It is where Jesus says, "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

We have tended to attach meaning to it that I don't think fits the context. In my tradition, we have tended to stress the "truth" part and have said that when we gather in corporate worship we better get it right. Obviously, when we approach God -- it must be on His terms. But is that what Jesus intended as He spoke to this woman sitting by a well?

Others have suggested that Jesus is spirit and truth, and so He is referring to Himself. I don't know. Maybe.

Could it be this simple? The woman had tried to sidetrack Jesus by bringing up the subject of the proper place to worship. And Jesus simply told her that since God is spirit, worship is not about a place. It's about an attitude.

I tend to think that is the meaning, but I still feel like I am missing something. Like why didn't Jesus just say, "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit." In the contest of John 4, what is the "truth" part alluding to? Because the Samaritans didn't believe in the law and the prophets? (Historically, they accepted only in the Pentateauch.) Any ideas?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

"Church of Christ" Celebs

I came across an interesting website as a result of seeing a link from someone's comments on another website. It lists famous members of different religious groups, and you can access it at I'm not sure how up-to-date this information is, but it's still interesting. Here are some who were listed as members of the Church of Christ. Many of these you may already have known.

Texas senator John Cornyn, US Representative Ted Poe and Los Angeles mayor James Hahn lead the list of politicians.

Byron Nelson and Kenny Perry, both professional golfers, are very open about their faith.

Also, Kenneth Starr -- the lead independent counsel in Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings.

In entertainment -- Dwight Yoakam, Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, Weird Al Yankovic, Roy Orbison, Meatloaf, The Cowsills (remember them? "Hair"), Loretta Lynn, Don WIlliams, Kitty Wells, and Marty Roe (lead singer, Diamond Rio).

Other sports figures: Fred McGriff, Gene Stallings, Bill Bates, Jim Ryun and Jim Morris (the baseball player depicted in the movie, "The Rookie."

Some of the names really took me by surprise, like Weird Al Yankovic and Meatloaf.

But here's the one who surprised me the most. I didn't list him above. Ready? Pat Sajak!

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Masters -- I Love It!

No doubt, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Many people are excited about opening day of baseball season. I used to get really up for that. There is the NCAA basketball championship game tonight. This weekend is a huge NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway (zzzzzz).

But an annual sign of spring is The Masters. I absolutely love it! The beautiful dogwoods and azalias. The perfectly manicured golf course. It has to be the most beautiful place this side of heaven. I would love to go there some day -- but it is the hardest ticket to get in sports.

And get this: A sporting event that has only 5 minutes of commercials per hour -- because Augusta's members tell the network, "Take it or leave it." That's hard to beat. Remember a couple of years ago when that lady was calling for a boycott of the Masters? The network was worried about losing sponsors. Augusta's members said, "We will pay you to cover your sponsors. We will go with no commercials rather than give in to her demands." Whether you agree with them or not, that is unheard of in a nation where it's all about money.

So, whether I'm watching it live or on VCR, I will be spending a lot of time this week tuned in.

OK, it's a good time for predictions. Will the Rangers win half their games? (I say no)

How far wIll the Mavericks go in the playoffs? (I say 2nd round).

Will Tiger Woods defend his Masters' championship? (I give him pretty good odds).

Who wins tonight's NCAA championship? (I'll go with UCLA).

Who wins the NASCAR race this weekend? (I don't know enough about it to even venture a guess).

And finally: How many groundhogs will Randy Davis kill on his next hunt?