John McArthur and Adrian Rogers on Proverbs and Alcohol (Eddie Sutton and Ryan Dunn used as examples)

Same old story it seems. Kentucky pulls out another close victory over the Vols. This is not the only story I am talking about today.


Kentucky’s Alex Poythress (22) shoots between Tennessee’s Josh Richardson, left, and Yemi Makanjuola during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Kentucky's Ryan Harrow (12) shoots in front of Tennessee's Jordan McRae during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 75-65. (AP Photo/James Crisp)<br /><br /><br /><br />

Photo by James Crisp

Kentucky’s Ryan Harrow (12) shoots in front of Tennessee’s Jordan McRae during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 75-65. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Today I saw that the University of Tennessee basketball team fell to Kentucky in a very exciting basketball game in Lexington 75-65 on January15, 2013. Tennessee sports writer Mike Strange pointed out, “Snatching a win at Rupp Arena happens about as often as a total solar eclipse. In Tennessee’s case, it happens maybe once per coaching tenure — if you’re lucky. Don DeVoe, Jerry Green and Bruce Pearl were lucky — once. Wade Houston and Buzz Peterson weren’t.”

I remember a game that I got to see where Eddie Sutton coached one of his best games ever. I was in Lexington on February 11, 1987 and I had never been to a Kentucky basketball game so I tried to buy a ticket.

I had seen Eddie Sutton coach both in the 1970’s and 1980’s when he was the Arkansas Razorback Coach and I knew that he was going to take Kentucky to the national championship!!!

I did get a ticket that night even though I had to pay a premium price. It was well worth it because it was one of the most exciting games I had ever seen in my life. Tennessee secured a 6 to 10 point lead down the stretch. However, Rex Chapman and Ed Davenport got hot at the end of the game and were able to get the Wildcats into overtime. They both finished with at least 25 points each and Kentucky won 91-84.

Did Sutton lead Kentucky to a national championship? He should have but he didn’t. Everyone knows why too and it is because of his addiction to alcohol. The first year he started off great with a 32-4 record and a trip to the elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. However, three years later he had a losing team and left Lexington in disgrace.

A Kentucky blog puts it this way in a post from 2006:

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — When Eddie Sutton became the basketball coach at Oklahoma State in 1990, he openly spoke of his struggle with alcoholism.Sutton underwent treatment at the Betty Ford Center in 1987 while he was coach at Kentucky. When discussing the issue three years later, he said, “I’ve dealt with it.”He’s going to deal with it again.During a late-night news conference Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena — where the Cowboys play their home games on Eddie Sutton Court — he addressed reporters by telephone and acknowledged drinking before an accident Friday that has cast a cloud over the future of his 35-year coaching career.Sutton apologized to numerous people for the accident — his university family, his current and former players, and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck. He said he plans to seek treatment for his drinking relapse during his current medical leave of absence, which began Monday.

He didn’t say where he would be seeking treatment, but did say he would do so next week.

Driving drunk is stupid. We all can agree on that. Wouldn’t it have been better if Eddie had just abstained from alcohol like many others do?

I love the Book of Proverbs and every day I read one chapter of Proverbs. Since there are 31 chapters, I start the 1st of ever month and read chapter 1 and then the next day I read chapter 2 and so on the rest of the month.

John McArthur said:

”First of all, number one issue in gaining wisdom is to fear God…is to fear God. How do you know that? Back in chapter 1 verse 7, we read this, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the holy one is true understanding.”


One of the issues I have learned about in Proverbs is concerning the issue of alcohol.

ryan dunn Jackass dead in crash

Bam Margera’s First Interview After Ryan Dunn’s Death

Ryan Dunn and his friends moments before they died.

Flickr user Eric Lewis posted the image below with a caption that says the photo shows what’s left of Dunn’s car.

Ryan Dunn tweeted a picture of himself drinking from a bar. At 2 am he left the bar and a few minutes later he was killed after running off the road in his car.There are three reasons that I do not drink and here they are.First,alcohol has brought a social plague on our country not matched by anything we have ever seen in the past.  I will never forget the day I heard this statistic in 1975:  ”Drunk drivers are responsible for 50% of highway fatalities.”My pastor Adrian Rogers shared that statistic from the pulpit. I was only 14 years old at the time, but I was looking forward to driving. It caused me to realize that I had to abstain from alcohol and try to convince my friends and family to do likewise.Second, the Bible does condemn alcoholic wine. There were three kinds of wine mentioned in the Bible (grapes, grape juice and strong drink). Wine in the cluster which is equal to our grapes. Isaiah 65:8 ” “As the new wine is found in the cluster…”  The point I am making here is very clear. The Bible does refer to nonalcoholic wine which is equal to our grape juice. Don’t take for granted everytime you read the word “wine” in the Bible that it is referring to the kind of wine we are used to today.Next we have the term “strong drink” which is equal to our wine today. Strong drink is condemned. .Proverbs 20:1 states, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. ”


Distillation was not discovered until about 1500 A.D. Strong drink and unmixed wine in Bible times was from 3% to 11% alcohol. Dr. John MacArthur says “…since anybody in biblical times who drank unmixed wine (9-11% alcohol) was definitely considered a barbarian, then we dont even need to discuss whether a Christian should drink hard liquor–that is apparent!”

Since wine has 9 to 11% alcohol and one brand 20% alcohol, you should not drink that. Brandy contains 15 to 20% alcohol, so thats out! Hard liquor has 40 to 50% alcohol (80 to 100 proof), and that is obviously excluded!

For documentation on this subject Google “alcohol” with the name of Adrian Rogers or John MacArthur. These theologians  have covered this subject fully with biblical references.

Third, Romans 14:21 states, “It is better not to eat meat (that had been offered to idols) or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.” If a person rejects all the linguistic arguments, there is still Romans 14:21 concerning not causing a weaker brother to stumble..

It is consistent with the ethic of love for believers and unbelievers alike. Because I am an example to others, I will make certain no one ever walks the road of sorrow called alcoholism because they saw me take a drink and assumed, “if it is alright for Everette Hatcher, it is alright for me.” No, I will choose to set an uncompromising example of abstinence because I love them. The fact is that 1 of every 6 drinkers in the USA are problem drinkers. Maybe if my family of 6 drank, that could be me or one of my children?


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Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes, right, has his shot pressured by Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, center, and blocked by Nerlens Noel during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/James Crisp)<br /><br /><br />

Photo by James Crisp, AP2013

Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes, right, has his shot pressured by Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, center, and blocked by Nerlens Noel during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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