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Jerusalem March Madness Mark 11:1-11

Jerusalem March Madness

On Palm Sunday, Jesus appears as an unlikely Champion ... a Champion who will die on a cross.

At a Glance

We're in the middle of March Madness, the annual NCAA tournament which leads to the crowning of a champion. This event gives us an opportunity to consider the madness of an ancient crowd as they hailed the person they believed to be their champion and hero.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Terminal Velocity," March 24, 2002, at

March of 1983. Some serious buzz was building.

That was the year -- exactly 35 years ago -- that the N.C. State Wolfpack squeaked into the NCAA tournament. Called "The Cardiac Pack," these players and their young coach starred in the greatest Cinderella story in the history of college basketball.

At the beginning of the month, no one was paying much attention to the Wolfpack. But coach Jim Valvano and his team began to march through the brackets. They beat Pepperdine, UNLV, Utah and the powerful Virginia Cavaliers. Soon, fans were greeting them at the airport like they were rock stars, and pep...

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