chronicles of scam scam

There is a team of people now investigating the issues that surround the practices of this group that has seemingly popped up out of nowhere within the last month or so.Important changes may mean that there is another possible scam on the horizon:We have been monitoring the website for changes and today there were some important changes that occured.The Registration fee has gone from $150.00 to $200.00And Registration date has moved from December 10 to Jan. 27.PAY REGISTRATION FEE OF $200.00 ONE TIME FEE BY JAN. 27, 2006 – Because we do not have tryouts and because this is a Christian Based League, we will not refuse to accept any young man that desires to play for the XFBA…. But then if not where did these other 11 teams come from?After reviewing what’s been pointed out above I think we should scrutinize their mission statement:“The Xzuberant Faith Basketball Association is a Christian based organization that is governed by Christian principles and character.”Speculations: What I am most concerned about at this point is that due to the overwhelming success of securing 39 teams of people willing to pay $150 registration fee (and bring people to a banquet and pay $25 to get in) that these leaders are on the move to add more teams and earn more money._______________Other information — XFMP says on its various websites that it is in “covenant with” Creflo Dollar’s ministry.

taking the classroom outside

This could happen in any classroom and does from time to time, but because of such a focus on creating “group content” for their wiki’s – and because of their own individual research they found and placed on their own blogs they as a group were forced to work through real issues – that resembled the kinds of troubles that face churches…. Juan Martinez and Mark Lau Branson are also starting a class this quarter that is fussed with both the cyber and real-life classroom experience.What we need is students and administration who are willing to incorporate new ways and old ways together to create useful learning experiences.

when dreams become cheap tricks

This seems odd to me because one of the selling points of this basketball league is how much the players get paid.There are 39 teams with at least 10 players each who have been promised 1,400 a week for 11 months out of the year.One player would get paid $67, 200A team of ten players (not counting whatever the coach gets paid) is $672, 000The whole league of players are worth $26,208,000 a yearThis is not counting the health insurance they are promised, all the travel costs that the league has promised to pay and then of course all the jerseys, shoes, costs of renting gym space for practices, for games, administrative offices, CEO’s, Officials, and the list continues.And none of this has been picked up anywhere by the press, media, or google.How can this be believable?What I do know is that it targets churches, churches are great places to conduct scams, let’s face it.Christian people are unsuspecting, trusting, can be not highly educated, often middle class or lower, and not well plugged in with the resources to protect them from predators. Its not that any of these characteristics are bad, in fact I fit most of them but they are inviting characteristics for people who are looking to take advantage of others.After being promised to have the contract two weeks before the signing “banquet (where there was no food and the tickets cost $25)??? that took place on January 7th, the players from the small town, never got to review it with a lawyer and signed it blindly last night.Though these league administrators claim to be “strongly Christian,??? they publicly stated at the foodless banquet that the main people who donated all the money to do this ministry are Muslims, an interesting fact for a league that will fine you for not tithing to a local church, cussing, and not attending their weekly Bible study.That’s a lot of money for Muslims to be aiding Christians in their work of spreading the Gospel.

following wise guys

today emily and i taught our Sunday School, and the lesson today was on the three “wise guys” as I like to call them and how they followed a star to find the baby Jesus. It was a lot of fun, we dressed up, well the three boys in our class dressed up as the wise guys and then for some reason I decided to be a fourth guy, kind of like a tour guide around the classroom – the catch was that I had a pirate like accent (I have no Idea where that came from).

new year thoughts

Actually emily and I have even talked about starting a business in Canton, some really good ideas.I am waiting to do an entrance exam on tuesday for Fuller’s PhD program after that – we wait for a response from Birmingham and Fuller to find out whether I have been accepted…. To top this all off – I realized the other day I am just not that good at my current job and the kinds of things I want to do lie elsewhere.One thing is for sure, its still home and we want to be there more than here.