the one with nfl draft 2018 predictions

The Nfl draft is starting in a few minutes, and for some reason i hve been obsessed with it… i guess i enjoy the process…

Here are my predictions… not what i would do, though not entirely what they will do, because i think real life GM’s are idiots… i don’t know why they don’t adopt more of college football, or be more creative…

If it was me, i would pick Josh Rosen. Saquon BArkley is amazing, and if i was the Browns i’d likely take him first, and see which QB i get at 4… or draft 2 QB’s… though maybe one would be Lamar Jackson, who  i also think could be amazing – if he gets the chance…

anywho… here are my predictions

Predictions

  1. Clev Sam Darnold
    they can’t be stupid enough to take Allen, not smart enough to take Rosen. Darnold is the safe play
  2. NYG Saquon Barkley
    Perhaps they want a QB of the future, but they think they can still win now. Saquon is the best player in the draft, and he makes Eli better. Sure, good RB’s can be found later, but so can anyone else. This guy is unreal. That being said they could take Chubb, since DE is weak and RB are plenty in this particular draft, but Saquon is just too good to pass up and a local kid
  3. NYJ Josh Rosen
    starts by the end of the season, 1st QB in class to make pro bowl, worth the investment. 
  4. Clev Bradley Chubb
    Not as exciting as getting Saquon, but Browns fan should still be happy
  5. Den Josh Allen
    Looks like a guy Elways would be fascinated by – big arm, some athleticism, under some tutilege he may be ok
  6. Buf (proj trade) Baker Mayfield
    I think McDermont likes his grit, winds up starting by end of the season
  7. TB Derwin James
    I gotta think Saquon is their dream, but Derwin is 1b – biggest need, local guy, freak athlete
  8. Chi Quenton Nelson
    Interior lineman generally don’t get taken this high, but solid pick, lot of connection- dream pick
  9. Balt (proj trade)  Lamar Jackson
    Balt has a lot of needs, so they could trade down, but i think they’ll grab a QB this draft. It has been said that defensive minded QB’s go for the athletic QB’s like Jackson  – plus brother HArbaugh could help
  10. Oak Roquan Smith
    MLB big need, great player, smart pick
  11. Mia Minkah Fitzpatrick
    I really want Miami to go for Lamar Jackson, but Minkah is too perfct for them, rumored to be a top 4 pick, hard to pass up
  12. In (proj trade) Vita Vea
    Bit of a surprise pick, but the best D’s these days have a dominant DT. Vita Vea is a freak
  13. Was Calvin Ridley
    He could be top ten or 2nd rd. but Bama WR’s really haven’t disappointed
  14. GB Denzel Ward
    Just like Marshon Lattimore last year, potential top 4 pick, that falls, and winds up in perfect place… i could see GB trading up to get him, he seems natural here
  15. Az Mason Rudolph
    BRadford & Glennon are not long term solutions, Rudolph  is identical, have slotted Lamar Jackson, which would be smarter, but i’ll pick a surprise
  16. SF (proj trade) Tremaine Edmunds
    They need someone to replace Reuben Foster  – i hae them taking Edmunds at 9, may be a surprise if he is here at 16
  17. NE (proj trade) Mike McGlichey
    After losing Nate Solder, i think they may actually trade up to make sure they get the guy they want
  18. Sea Marcus Davenport
    Just lost Bennet, Pete Carrol likes players like this
  19. Dal Courtland Sutton
    Dez is gone, give Dak a target, may be a reach
  20. Det Josh Jackson
    Huge need at CB, midwest guy
  21. Cin Will Hernandez
    They never recovered after losing two top lineman last year, they address it this year
  22. Ind Harold Landry
    They miss out on Chubb but they get 2nd best pash rush here
  23. Atl (proj trade) Da’Ron Payne
    Pats always trade down, and this seems like a perfect fit for ATL, a steal this low
  24. Car Mike Hughes
    Good tough CB,
  25. TB (prj trade) Derrius Guice
    After dropping D Martin, RB is priority, may need to trade up higher to get him
  26. NE Leighton VanDer Veigh
    Seems like a Patriot guy
  27. Clev (proj trade) Jaire Alexander
    CB may be biggest need for a team w/ many needs, this feels like a player they’d target
  28. Pit Rashaan Evans
    Steelers type player, though Ronnie Harrison could be here too
  29. Jac Christian Kirk
    They need a fast WR to spread the D and open up the O
  30. Min Billy Price
    Interior lineman have gone quickly,  may be this won’t be the way this turns out
  31. Sd (prj trade) Ronnie HArrison
    They have needed a safety for a while, they may take him in teens
  32. Phi Connor Williams
    A steal for them, long-term play 
  33. Clev Kolton Miller
    Replacement for Joe Thomas? Hardly, but will help
  34. NYG Isaiah Wynn
    they may prefer a DE, but 1st rd talent
  35. NO (prj trade) Hayden Hurst
    Land another weapon for their offense
  36. Ind Donte Jackson
    Gaping hole at CB, fastest one available
  37. Ind Duke Ejifor
    Continue to build their D
  38. Tn (prj trade) Sam Hubbard
    OSU grad like Vrabel
  39. Chi Justin Reid
    They have a couple corners locked up, but still need help in the secondary
  40. Den Sony Michelle
    Released CJ Anderson, RB a huge need
  41. Oak Taven Bryan
    Big physical lineman
  42. Mia Maurice Hurst
    Some health concerns, but that doesn’t stop Dolphins, coulda been a 1st rd pick
  43. Buf (prj trade) DJ Moore
    Need some receivers for their new QB’s
  44. Was Isaiah Oliver
    Nickel CB to replace
  45. GB Rasheem Green
  46. Cin Lorenzo Carter
  47. Az James Washington
  48. SD Malik Jefferson
  49. NE (prj trade) Kyle Luletta
    Doesn’t it just seem destined
  50. Dal Dallas Goedert
    Dallas to Dallas, Jason Witten won’t last forever
  51. Det Harison Phillips
    Their D needs so much help,
  52. BAlt Orlando BRown
    Match made in heaven
  53. Ind (prj trade) Ronald Jones
    Get their RB
  54. KC Dorrance Armstong
    Have to replace those LBs, Kansas guy
  55. Car Bates
    Continue to improve their secondary
  56. Buf Arden Key
    Big talent, with so many picks can afford to go for it
  57. TN Baker
    Bit of a stretch, but fits
  58. NE (prj trade) Nick Chubb
    Type of solid RB these guys take to build winners
  59. SF DJ Chark
    big speedy guy
  60. Pit Terrell Edmunds
    Good hard-hitting Safety
  61. JAc MArk andrews
    Offensive weapon
  62. Min Sweat
    this guy is mocked as a 1st rd pick or 4th rd pick
  63. Atl (prj trade) Carlton Davis
  64. Clev Anthony Averett
    Another speedy corner 
  65. NE (prj trd) Mike Giseki
    The type of TE Pats like
  66. NYG D’Shawn Hand
  67. Buf (prj trade) O’Neil
  68. Hou James Daniel
    Could be a 1st rd pick
  69. NYG Settle
  70. SF Kerryon Johnson
    Feels like a good match, may take earlier
  71. Denv T Crosby
  72. NYJ Deon Cain
  73. Mia rashaad penny
    The rb steal a number of teams may be targetting here
  74. SF Corbett
  75. Oak Pettis
  76. GB Braden Smith
  77. Cin Rankin
  78. KC Tyquan Lewis
  79. Az Okrowono
  80. Hou Jamarco Jones
  81. Dal Nick Nelson
  82. Det Josey Jewell
    LB help
  83. Balt St Brown
  84. SD White
    QB for future
  85. Car Anthony Miller
    Still need receivers
  86. KC Ragnow
  87. LA Duke Dawson
  1. Car Tony Brown
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My books I am currently reading

Back in the glory days, when there was xanga, there was a feature called currently reading… well these days i am reading a lot… or maybe i am not

I am currently in the middle of 12 books.  12 books!
How? I know. It’s crazy.
I guess i like starting things… and i find things interesting… and i have too many interests… and i like to read… and i don’t finish… i guess it says a lot about me. I like closure, but don’t mind starting new things. There are many things entriguing to me and i don’t know how to focus… or perhaps my ability to focus on many things… or just book lust…

I have really just finished one new book this year, and that was a kids book. But a significant one. (i have read other kids books too).

God’s very good idea

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Yes, everyone should read it.

 

And the 12 books i am currently reading, doesn’t even include the most important book i am reading

– the Bible.

 

Soo & I are trying to read thru the Bible in a year. I also tried to get others to do it, but alas no cigar. Still 100+ days in and we are on track.

The Bible is crazy.
I have highlighted a ton. Doing it all on the Bible app. It is pretty convenient.
Some portions have been difficult- but God has shown me purpose in it. Others parts challenging/encouraging. Others i don’t understand. Still, it has been good to go through.

Perhaps that is why i am still working on 13 books- and if so, then so be it.
But then how do i have 13 books i am currently reading?

3 books are daily devotion type readings

  1. Navigating God’s Wisdom by Tim Keller
  2. Deep rooted in Christ
  3. Imitation of Christ
    2 books are ones i really wanted to read
  4. Onward
  5. Different kind of happiness
    They were heavy, so i picked out an easy one
  6. Messiology
    1 we’re doing as a team, another is important in regards to where ministry is, and a 3rd for personal ministry at home with Soo
  7. Letting go of control
  8. Make, mature, multiply
  9. Art of neighboring
    I also started two others with Soo- about marriage and parenting
  10. What did you expect?
  11. Tech-wise family
    And then have a couple i have been trying to get through with the kids
  12. Harry Potter: Sorcerer’s stone
  13. Thoughts that make the heart sing

 

Now i chose the first book because i felt God wanted me to seek wisdom… the 2nd book because i felt God wanted me to seek transformation – though i didn’t know it was a devotional at first…

Navigating God’s wisdom has been pretty good, much better than songs of Jesus.

Short quick tidbits, that hit heart sin issues and bring the gospel into it. He diagnoses Proverbs and other wisdom books not just as wise sayings to make your life better, but to reveal heart condition and our need for the gospel

Deep-rooted in Christ was written by a Korean and translated. Fairly simple, but good truths

Imitation of Christ is a classic, which means the English is hard to read.

Onward by Russel Moore is good. It talks about politics and the role of the Christian. It is something i don’t think about much, but need to consider. He gives great perspective and challenge coming from the Word and addressing current events

Anything by Larry Crabb makes you really examine your heart – and Different kind of happiness is no different. Instead of finding happiness is ease or comfort; finding joy in loving others, finding joy in growing in Christ-likeness. And Christ-likness not being  morality but in how we love others. He talks a lot about relational sin and relational holiness.

Art of neighboring has been fun to read, very, very challenging. What is Jesus call to love our neighbor meant our actual neighbors?
Man, we do it terribly, which is why we need this book

We also need tech wise family by Andy Crouch. We are terrible at controlling technology.

I should finish reading a few of these books soon. I have another 20 or so i’d really like right now… and a like 30-40-50 more…
What are you reading? What do you recommend?

Rethinking Abraham

At the end of last year I felt both I & Soo and many of my disciples needed a reading plan for the Bible. And I hadn’t read thru the Bible in a while. Well 10 days in, so far so good. We’ve been reading an OT passage and a NT passage and it has been very helpful to see the correlation.

 

Also though i have read these passages so many times before, The Holy Spirit continues to illuminate and give fresh understanding.

 

I always used to think of Abraham a a mostly good guy who made a few mistakes… he had great faith, but struggled a couple of times… as a frail, gentle man who found it easy to submit to God… but perhaps i have had it all wrong, and he, like everyone else in the Bible is not just a flawed person, but a pretty awful person.

 

1st he put his life above his wife- not once, but twice. I never really got that, but more so now, it seems not only cowardice but so self-centered.

 

It is easy to think he was just a cowadly man by nature, maybe weak, frail – after all he was old- but was he? Even though 80 is very old now, and old to some degree then, he would live several more years, He fought in battle and was victorious.  So, his move to protect himself was not one of simple disadvantage but selfish self-protection.

 

He certainly did not express faith in God to protect him, despite all of God’s promises. He certainly did not act in righteousness to love and protect his wife. He was living for self and trusting himself

 

Then, he not only did this to his wife, but also took Hagar as a mistress- to the shame of his wife and bore a son. He did not honor his covenant with Sarai or with God. He again lacks faith in God’s promise. He again tries to take things into his own control. He was  trying to help God fulfill his proimise- but he didn’t need to.

 

See perhaps he thought he was helping God. Perhaps he thought this was God’s provision. But ungodly mean, or means not according to God’s will or plan is ultimately dishonoring God and lacking faith in God himself.

 

Furthermore, this act was unloving, selfish and disrespectful. This is not the way God leads. His decision wound up resulting in hurt to Sarai, Hagar, Ishmael, and all of his own descendents.

He tried to take a short-cut to God’s will and wound up further away.

 

Then not only that, but then he disregards Hagar. He lets her and his son go out into the wilderness to die…

Once again God intervenes. He rescues Hagar and Ishamel and ultimately Abram from the consequences of sin. God reveals Himself as One who sees, hears and rescues.

 

The hero of the story is not Abram but any means, God is.

 

We are much like Abram, we are selfish and self-centered. We care for ourselves more than others, even those we love. We may hear from God and want to follow Him, but we easily revert back to serving ourselves and trusting ourselves.

 

Abram may be seen as a man of faith, but more often than not he trusted in his own methods and his own plans and wisdom. Sometimes perhaps he thought he was doing the right thing, helping God out but ultimately was trusting himself.

We too  trust ourselves. We are not patient enough to listen to God and follow His ways. We think we know better than God or that our way is just as good.

We more love the prize or reward or blessing God offers rather than God Himself.

 

Jesus, however, fully trusted God. After fasting for 40 days He was hungry, and eating is a blessing God gives. Satan however tempted Him to turn stones into bread. He could do that, but it was not God’s way. Jesus came to build a kingdom and Satan offered it to Him without all the suffering God the Father called him to. Jesus however would not worship satan, he didn’t take the short-cut, He obeyed God to the end.

 

In the end Abraham would trust God and offer his son on the altar. He did this not because he was physically weak or timid, but even though he was strong and could have tried to fight or could have opposed based even on what God had promised- he trusted God. He submitted, he surrendered.

 

We too need to learn to submit ourselves to God. It is easy to say we trust God, but it is much more difficult to actually surrender.

 

When I address students they say they are surrendered, but when I bring up a particualr topic such as going on a mission or giving their lives to missions or giving money, or trusting God with their finances- they say they can’t do that. They have to protect themselves, take care of themselves, they have expectations to fill.

 

We easily delude ourselves, much like Abram. Satan tempted Jesus, he will surely try to decieve us.

 

We may think we are strong or smart, but we must humbly submit ourselves to God, look to the example of Jesus and trust in Jesus to direct our steps and paths.

 

We can rest in the gospel, recognizing that even Abram was a wicked, wicked man. And though we may fail, God will not fail us, He will always be faithful. And after each failure is an opportunity to trust God again. Our righteousness, our worth, God’s love toward us is not based on how good we are or even how full of faith we are- but in Christ and His work on our behalf.

 

Let’s keep walking with Him, and allow Him to correct us, and learn how to trust Him fully, completely

Amen

 

Dear God, I thank You that You are faithful and patient. You do not give up on me. You do not grow weary of me, but continually instruct me and redirect me and restore me. You cover my mistakes and my sins. You forgive me and give me another chance to obey and follow You. I confess i am selfish, self-centered and trust in myself, my ways, my plans, my methods more than You. i confess i seek blessing more than i seek You. Lord, teach me Your ways, guide me & help me follow You. Reveal Yourself and Your will that i may honor You and bless others. I submit to You and want to trust you, help me in my unbelief. Be glorified in me. Amen

my top tv shows and movies of 2017

I felt pretty exhausted, and that led to watching a lot of tv and movies. We got cable again at the end of the year which was awesome, and meant more sports. We also got a couple free months of hulu… Here are the tv shows and movies i enjoyed…

Top Tv shows of 2017

  1. Brooklyn 99
    Enjoyed every episode. Far and away my favorite show this year

  2. Around the horn
  3. Voltron
  4. Fresh off the boat
  5. Blackish
    losing some on me, but still hits big issues and i am still like Dre
  6. Community
    wish I could have watched more. Very interesting gathering of diverse people, Quirky and funny.

  7. New girl
    quirky, fun, but at times annoying.
  8. Stranger things
    not as good as season one, but still entertaining. Got better as the season went on
  9. Veep
  10. Friends
    still makes me laugh, still a go to

  11. Master of None
    not as good as season one. but i give love to my doppleganger

  12. The good place
    only watched a few episodes. It got a lot of acclaim, it got better as i kept watching, and I imagine it will get better, but my nbetflix subscription ran out
  13. Sherlock
    Not as bad as everyone made it out to be, but still a bit disappointing

 

Best Movies i saw for the first time in 2017

The movie i most wanted to see this year was Thor 3 Ragnorak – and I didn’t get to see it.

I didn’t like the new star wars movie- not for the reasons everyone else hated it- it was just too cheesy, not enough good fight scenes, and overly political.

I really like kid movies now.

  1. Moana 9.5/10
    All about identity, great music. Halle loves it
  2. Trolls 9.4/10
    Halle says she likes this more, but she barely watches it. It was actually quite good
  3. La La Land 9.3/10
    Took Soo to see this for her birthday last year. i think i was the only guy there. still, incredibly sad movie and incredibly well done, Probably deserved all the awards it got and didn’t
  4. Hidden Figures 9.3/10
    So informative, so good.
  5. Sing 8.5/10
    Kids love this one. Fun, but not as deep or as entertaining
  6. Masterminds 8/10
  7. Imitation Game 8/10
  8. Secret life of pets 7.5/10
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 7/10
  10. The Big Sick 7/10
    I wanted to like this more. Ray Romana is great, and so is the lead girl…

My best books of 2017

These are the best books I read (or finished) in 2017.  Didn’t read a ton this year, but most of the books I read were really good. And the authors were pretty diverse.

13. You are what you love by James K.A. Smith 7.5/10
I liked the main idea of the book- what you love is more important than what you know. It was pretty simple, but had a huge impact on my thoughts- see i think a lot- but i need focus on loving God and helping others love God, more than just know truths about Him. (the book was a little long and heady however)

12. Leadership As Identity by Crawford Lorrits 7.5/10
A very simple book. But much needed. Humility. Practice it. Something I want to go thru with up and coming spiritual leaders for sure

11. Now, you’re speaking my language by Gary Chapman 8/10
A pattern you may recognize- nothing profound, still very helpful.

10. The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware 8.1/10
Amazingly profound. The first few chapters were amazing, things I hadn’t thought much about before. But some chapters seemed superflous. Gives a lot of thoughts about Jesus as a human and the implications for us. Highly recommended

 

9. The Gospel for Muslims by Thibati 8.3/10
I really liked this book. It is a pretty easy read and short. The main idea- the Gospel for Muslims is the same Gospel we need. We complicate it. They need the Gospel.

8. The Next Evangelicalism by Soong Cha Ra 8/10
I probably enjoyed the above books more, but this one was more influential. Read it with out team and it was a bit controversial. He does attack white people a lot in this book, probably more than deserved, but certainly something to consider. Since we are not white, Soo & I didn’t take offense, we just saw sin and areas we could grow. Certainly became an influence- and you will notice a lot of diversity of authors i read this last year

7. The Calling by Brother Andrew 8.4/10
My dad gave me this book 20 years ago, and i finally read it. Enjoyable. A lot taken from the mission field and applied to every day life. The biggest take away: Our primary Calling is not to a place, but to follow Jesus. Lot of good stuff

6. Counter Culture by David Platt 8.5/10
Hits big topics and addresses it with the Gospel. It is hard for me to not like David Platt

5. Multiply by Francis Chan 8.5/10
Good, foundational, fundamental. Really ingrains the idea of being a disciple. Started goign through it with my disciples. A lot of free resources available to go along with it- including the whole being available on an app!

4. More or less by Jeff Shinbarger 8.7/10
I read this at the beginning of the year, so it is not as fresh, but it hugely influential in deciding to pull the trigger on moving and challenging me to be more generous. (only $2.99 on kindle)

The top 3 books were in a league of their own

3. Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson 9.5/10
 A must-read. Eye-opening, challenging.

 

2. Dream with me by John Perkins 9.7/10
Shares a lot of the struggles for blacks in America. Balanced in speaking toward Black, Whites, Asians. A lot of real life stories. A lot of faith, and a lot of vulnerability.

Book is written with hope and authenticity and challenge. Reads like an autobiography.

 

 

 

 

1. Parenting by Paul Tripp 9.9/10
Even if you’re not a parent, you could enjoy this book. It’s all about the Gospel, how our kids need it, and how we as parents need it. It’s about trusting Jesus. It is authentic, it is visionary, it is encouraging, it is challenging, it is practical, it’s enjoyable, it is God-honoring. It was the best book we read this year!