Thursday, November 29, 2012

IMHO

From my perspective and my expectations there is not a whole lot to be said.  The play and outcome of the UNC vs. Chaminade game was online with what I thought would happen and the result of the UNC vs. Indiana matchup was right on target.  A win against an inferior team and a loss against the # 1 team in the nation respectively.

The lost really magnified our youth and the weaknesses within our youth.  Rebounding and ball-handling are two weaknesses I would like to bring out here.  The Tarheels have too many players playing volleyball with the basketball instead of going up strong and grabbing the ball with two hands and coming down with a sure possession.  Last I checked it was a basketball court, not a volleyball court that they were playing on, but what do I know, I'm just an analyst.

The Tarheels have a lot of refining to do especially in the fundamentals.  However, Coach Williams desperately needs to find the right combination to the right mix of chemicals/players to be on the court at any given time and quick - if the young Heels are to have a fighting chance in the ACC and the nation this season.

Next on the list is UAB at home on Saturday, December 1st at 6 pm.

GO HEELS!!!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

IMHO (LBSU, MSU, BUTLER)

The Long Beach State game I thought was a matter of the team finding their rhythm and staying in that groove.  LBS was playing on their home court so they had all their vibes and flow going early.  But once Carolina settled into their gameplan and took the fast-break opportunities when they came, the outcome favored UNC.

In the Mississippi State game the Tarheel team I have wanted to see this season finally showed up on the court.  Guard play, shooting, height, and defense were all keys to the win in this one.  McDonald and Hairston were instrumental in bringing the threat from outside.  P.J. even hit a beyond the half-court line shot to end the first half (and you know it is going good when you hit shots like those).

In the Butler game, everything the UNC squad did right the night before they left it at the hotel and nobody went back to get it.  It was a complete turn-around performance - no defending the three (obviously - Achilles heel), we spent most of the game running around on defense, poor decision making on passes and shot selection, and when Carolina did shoot there was a lid on the basket (only 18 points in the first half).  Turnovers were rampant and coach would not call a timeout.  Need I go on?  I guess the saving grace for this Tarheel fan is - better the kick in the butt now than later in the second half of the season or tourney play.

A mediocre game, a stellar game, a no-show game - the Tarheels are inconsistent right now and their chemistry desperately needs the right mixing especially with Indiana (#1) waiting for us on their court next!

GO HEELS!

-Chad Pritchard

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR OWN DEAD"

At first glance the words of Matthew 8:22 can seem rather harsh.

"But Jesus told him, 'Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.'"

However, in order to gain a better grasp of this verse one needs to examine the context of the verse, review Jesus' track record, and consider other's study of this verse carefully.

Contextually Luke's account of this event must be considered to examine why the other disciple said to Jesus in the first place - "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."  In Luke 9:59, Jesus charges the teacher or man to "Follow me" (Jesus).  In verse 60 Jesus goes even further as to why the man should leave his father and follow Jesus - SO THAT the man might "go and proclaim the kingdom of God".

Jesus' track record was to heal the sick, dying, or dead.  Here is such an account of Jesus' nature -

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry." 14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. - Luke 7:11-15

So, why did Jesus say what He said in the Matthew 8:22 encounter?  Why did Jesus not go and heal the man's father?  Because the man's father was not on his deathbed.

The Nelson Study Bible explains Matthew 8:21-22 as follows:

"This passage most likely describes a follower whose father was still alive, because by Levitical law the man would not be out in public if his father had just died. His father was aged. So the man wanted to go to his home, wait for his father to die, and then follow Christ. Jesus' answer means that we must never make excuses for refusing to follow Him. There is no better time than the present."

Christ was not prohibiting this disciple from attending his father's funeral. The passage does not say that his father had died and needed to be buried.  What Christ was addressing here was the desire of His disciple to stay with his elderly father UNTIL he had died, rather than following Christ's invitation to become a minister and preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God wherever he would be sent. This man tried to make excuses for not following the call to the ministry at that moment in time. He wanted to wait for a more "appropriate"
time. As the early apostles forsook everything they had in order to follow Christ, so this disciple was challenged to do the same. But he refused.

If I have my facts straight, the Marines have a saying that goes something like..."God, Country, Family, Corp".  The point is that God is listed at the front of this list, but is He really the most important and does He get the most attention for the Marine soldier and for the Christian soldier.

"This aspiring disciple placed family responsibilities ahead of following Jesus. The concerns of home were this man's stumbling block... Jesus emphasized that a disciple must have clear priorities. The call of God should receive priority over everything else."

The Life Application Bible adds this thought regarding Matthew 8:22: "As God's Son, Jesus did not hesitate to demand complete loyalty. Even family loyalty was not to take priority over the demands of obedience."

...we are God's Spirit begotten children whose first and foremost responsibility is to love GOD with all of our heart, might and soul.

Christ was not saying, of course, that the father should not be buried when he died. He was talking about spiritually dead relatives who would be in a position to take care of the funeral arrangements. We were all, at one time, "dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1), but God has made us "alive" in Jesus Christ (same verse), having forgiven us all of our trespasses (Colossians 2:13). For us, who have been made spiritually alive, nothing must be more important than to follow Christ wherever He goes and wants us to go (Revelation 14:4).

Words in Purple quoted from http://www.eternalgod.org/qapdf/6107

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When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."20 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." 21 Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."22 But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead." - Matthew 8:18-22

Now here is the same account recorded by Luke - 

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." 59 He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." 60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61 Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." 62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." - Luke 9:57-62

2012 EDITION of IMHO (In My Humble Opinion)

Welcome to the 2012 edition of In My Humble Opinion - a season long appraisal of the performance of the University of North Carolina Men's Basketball games by me, your host writer - Chadwick E. Pritchard.

I was fortunate enough to be in Chapel Hill at the first two games of the season - vs. Gardner Webb and vs. Florida Atlantic.

In the first contest, against Gardner-Webb, I did not expect much and did not receive much.  The team definitely looked rusty.  I thought rightfully so, after coming off an off-season where you are only playing your own team-mates.  Playing the same players over and over gets old quick.  You get to know their ways and you adapt or should adapt quickly to their style of play.  However, with a team UNC has never seen before, they were making poor decisions on passes and shot selections, relying too much on MacAdoo and not spreading the "Love", and COULD NOT HIT A FREE THROW TO SAVE THEIR SKIN!  Another interesting observation that I made that also found it's way into Coach William's comments was - I thought Reggie Bullock played the part/role of a "parent" on the hardwood.  He would stay in the background and direct traffic, grab rebounds, play defense, and not take wide open shots when they were available.

Some of this bled over to the Florida Atlantic game and some didn't.  They shared the "Rock" among the players (plural) better.  MacAdoo got his, don't you worry, but others gave a healthy contribution also and we will need that a whole lot as the season progresses.  Our FREE THROWING still STUNK!  You would have thought that maybe the team would have been at the line practicing those shots ever since the last game, but if they were it sure did not show in the second match-up.  Reggie Bullock got the message!  He came to life and started being bold and taking the first shots and hitting some threes right off the bat in this game.  The team desperately needs a Floor General.  Of course the fans and coaching staff want that Now, but this takes time to develop, especially at this level.

Players that caught my eye and that I will be looking to make an immediate impact are Bryce Johnson and Joel James.

Next game is vs. Long Beach State at Long Beach State at 11 pm EST (ESPNU).

Until next time.......GO HEELS!!!