Daily Archives: March 10, 2012

Not rules … vision

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By Paul Hughes
Special to Inside The Pew

Editor’s note: The views in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of  the Inside The Pew staff.

Now that’s a vision statement.

Life is not rules, but vision. Applications hereof abound.

Consider children.  The gradual trajectory of a child’s life is away from rules and toward vision. Imagine a graph with two lines: Parental rule is one line starting at the top and trending down.  Child responsibility is a line starting at the bottom and heading up.  Both lines start at the left, and move rightward, along the horizontal axis of age and maturity.

That top line heading down is essentially “rules” and the bottom line arrowing up is essentially “vision.” It’s the vision that a day will come, sooner not later, when these lines will cross and the child will be an adult, pursuing the vision … which of course has vastly, radically changed, and become his own, with major modifications.

The goal of the graph is to get their line zooming to God, and mine dragging the bottom for all eternity … perhaps with little blips when they call for advice.

It’s an imperfect picture, but there it is.  And it starts with rules.

It was the same of course with God’s children, Israel.  A constant battle based on law, with God’s kids blowing it every page and a half, on average.  The law was their tutor, their guide … all the way to Christ.

In the fullness of time as the fathers say, the rules gave way to the vision that had always been.  It didn’t supplant the law, though perhaps it superseded it — the way a child pedaling a bicycle or taking the wheel of the family car supersedes the very present hand, then voice, then simply the presence of the Father saying, Do it like this.

When we stopped being children, we put away childish things.

There is an apologetic application as well.  We should show forth a vision of the Kingdom of God encouraging men and women to give their lives to it.  Not because effective, but because it’s true and right.  We may give them rules, but we really must fight always to remember that the vision of it is the thing.

Whether this means they need to know their sinners before they can be saved, or whether a tract is useful, or if an argument should come Intelligent Design or Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Jesus seemed to know who needed to hear it this way or that way, and even who should not hear it at all!

I am here to say that overarching all this should be vision, not rules:

Repent (turn away and move forward, from a constant need for rules),

Friends (not servants, but sons, heirs, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ),

For the Kingdom of Heaven (the established, effective reign of God),

Is at hand (is visible and available, here and now, as we follow Him).

Now that’s a vision quest.

Paul Hughes is a writer in Southern California. He edited Think and Live for Apologetics.com, and wrote Tebow: Throwing Stones and Burning and Bleeding, among other books. Interact with him at PoetAndPriest.com, on Facebook, or via Twitter. Thanks very much.


It’s tourney time for Wesleyan, OLLU

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

The Texas Wesleyan and Our Lady of the Lake men’s basketball teams are headed to Kansas City to vie for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics title.

The 75th annual Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament is slated to take place in the historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City beginning at 8:30 a.m. CST on March 14 with a Louisiana showdown between Red River Athletic Conference champions and No. 12 LSU-Shreveport faces Xavier. The tournament concludes March 20 with the crowning of the national champion.

The No. 7 OLLU Saints, runners-up in the RRAC tournament, will run into tournament host, Baker (Kan.), on March 15 at 6:15 p.m. Meanwhile, the Texas Wesleyan Rams will take on No. 16 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) University at 12:30 p.m. on March 14.

The field is comprised of 17 automatic berths, host berth Baker (Kan.) and 14 at-large selections, which were determined using the final Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released March 7.

The all-time record holder in championship wins (54), Oklahoma Baptist earned the No. 2 seed. The Bison have won two national championships (1966, 2010). They will take to the court on March 15 at 10:30 p.m. against Belhaven (Miss.). The Blazers were the runner-up in the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament and are making their third overall trip.

Overall, there are 15 schools that are making their 10th-or-higher appearance. In addition, Cumberlands (Ky.) (20 trips) joins Oklahoma Baptist and Georgetown as the three schools with 20-plus trips.

The OLLU women’s squad also made the tournament. The 32nd annual single-elimination dance will take place March 14 through March 20 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky. The Lady Saints will face top-seeded Oklahoma City University at 10:15 a.m. on March 14.

The first 30 matches from the city of fountains will be available via live video stream for $29.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. Also, one can purchase the all-tournament package of all four basketball tournaments (Men and Women’s Division I and II) for $49.95. The National Championship final on March 20 will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. CST.