Sorry about the delay but there was an Easter break in play and only the East was able to get their games played. Last night though after a great ecuminical Easter Service (perfect image of the Kingdom) we got back to business.
SOUTH – First Round
Once again the South went like the East with no upsets. The Southern Baptist’s size and determination to stand up for their beliefs no matter what, was simply too much for the United Brethren. The Free Will Baptists though did give the Episcopals a head ache. The Episcopals seem to have some inner conflict going on during the contest. There was extreme signs of disagreement and at times confusion about theological stances. This may hurt them in later rounds! The PCA were too much for the Free Methodists and by the third quarter it was evident that this mainline was going to take out the smaller denomination. The 4 – 5 matchup was a good one. The Evangelical Lutherans battled hard against the ARPs. It was a tight battle and the ARPs even when out on top when they pulled out the facts that they are the oldest Presbyterian denomination in America and that Billy Graham was raised ARP. In the end though, the Evangelical Lutherans pulled it out with their rigorous study and quoting that without Luther there would have been no Calvin.
NORTH – First Round
The North had some interesting games. The major players, the Roman Catholics and the Lutheran World Federation, handily beat their opponents. The AMEZ church, with all their flare and charisma took control in the third quarter and never stopped against the Friends United Meeting, aka – No Fighting Quakers. The real upset was Full Gospel over the PCUSA. PCUSA came out strong with their cranial style of play. They pulled into a giant lead in the first half. But this is March Madness and during this month all you need is heart and will power. Like David verses Goliath, Full Gospel fought back with their energy and excitement. Their zeal took the game over and the PCUSAs were on their heels. Bring out the coolest website intro to all denominations put the FG in the winner circle in the end.WEST – First Round
What was impressive about the battles in the West was the fact that the Independent Baptists could come together to form this powerhouse team this year. Their autonomy was extremely evident last year but this year the team they have created is one of unity and vision but we will see if that continues. The Non-denominationals scared the Wesleyans because of some of their more liberal evangelical moves. When the Wesleyans saw that some churches were going into bars and giving out shot classes they retreated quickly. That made the Non-Denom fans start a chant, “The world is OUR parish, the world is OUR parish!” This made the Wesleyans feel even more dejected. In the other games the AMEs were simply too much for the calm and reserved Seventh Day Adventists. The Church of God rolled over the Assemblies of God quoting that a church sounds like it has more structure than an assembly.
Play will continue at the end of this week so stay tuned and vote for your favorite. Where will the upsets be and who will be in the final four! Leave your comment and make your predictions.