In which it’s location, location, location…and location and location

by Craig on March 22, 2012


The NCAA Regionals are held in Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix, and St. Louis – and the Final Four is in New Orleans. And although an argument could be made for St. Louis – I needed more biblical spots for my tourney.

Oh, and this is part three of my March Madness Bible Tournament. Part one is here, and two is here in case you’d like to peek.


The South Regional, where to put it?

First I thought of Alexandria, Egypt…
It was a hotbed of early church writings…
plus Egypt has the whole “Exodus” thing.

And I toyed with Ethiopia…
because some believe that’s where the Ark of the covenant ended up.

Then I thought of the prime southern location.
It also has the “Exodus” thing.
It’s an uber important spot for theology.
And although nobody knows for certain where it is…
there is one spot that claims the name today…
and we’ll just say they’re right.

Mount Sinai gets the Southern regionals.

Look, there's already a line forming 【ˆ◡ˆ】


The East regional, instead of being held in Boston, gets moved to Babylon.
It has the whole “Exile” thing – and it’s pretty far east.

I almost went with Madras India.
It’s where the apostle Thomas ended up…
and the church he founded still stands today.

I also thought of “Ur of the Chaldees” where Abraham got his start. Ur was once a port city – but the shoreline moved south and Ur never really made a comeback. I wasn’t sure if they could get it together on short notice.

But Babylon has biblical clout, so it got the nod.


Then there’s the West bracket.

As far as the New Testament is concerned, about as far west as things went was Spain. But France is pretty far west as well – and for a long time it was the bastion of Christianity.  But both are just regions. I needed a city.

And seriously, could there be a better choice than that city in Italy?

It’s got gobs of history…
those pretty fountains…
and a really nice Coliseum.



Rome it is.

For the Midwest regionals…
I needed a spot north of Sinai…
south and east of Rome…
west of Babylon.

I settled on Asia minor (now called Turkey ¯\(°_o)/¯ which always confused me as a kid). It’s the place of so many New Testament churches…Smyrna, Ephesus, Colossae. But there is one city that grabbed my heart.

This church city was neither hot nor cold…
and that was a big discovery in my early Christianity…
that only “hot” faith cuts it.
So the city of Laodicea gets a second chance…


They host the Midwest regionals.

As for where to host the Final Four…there was really only one place to consider…


And there you have location, location, location (and location and location).

Next time…the games begin.

If you have the time to right-click on my brackets and save them…

…and then work through them, one match up at a time…

You’ll have fun…and I’d really heart knowing your results.

Otherwise it’s gonna all just be my opinion.

The more the merrier.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie March 23, 2012 at 12:30 am

Craig . . .you are a genius, you know? :) I love what you have going on here! You are sooo creative when it comes to studying and sharing. God bless you and the work of your hands, that is in His hands!


Craig March 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

it was pretty easy to do – not really any genius involved – but I heart it! The idea has been tumbling around my head for a while now – and I still ALMOST missed the moment. thank you Deb – I have moves to make – chances to take – I think this might just be a very crucial time for me – equally distant from a miracle or a disaster. Keep me in your prayers – I need to be braver, stronger, more excepting of God’s will. God bless and keep you my friend!


Katie March 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

Craig – So far I have managed to finish the South and West. I have looked up each scripture just to be sure I was remembering them correctly.

South – Matthew 11:29
West – John 13:35

Now to finish the others and then decide who else is in the Final Four.


Katie March 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

East – Romans 8:38-39


Katie March 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

Midwest – Matthew 11:28

So Matthew 11:29 verses John 13:35 — winner John 13:35
Romans 8:38-39 verses Matthew 11:28 — winner Matthew 11:28

Final round — John 13:35 verses Matthew 11:28

Winner: Matthew 11:28

The final four were hard for me to choose from. All these scriptures have helped me focus in on God when life has been hard lately. They were a wonderful exercise for me to complete. Thank you Craig.


Craig March 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

and I’m finding THAT’S what’s making going through the brackets SO interesting Katie. Where we are right now in our life – both spiritual and material – WILL affect our decisions. Spiritual life is not a static thing – neither is the word of God, that never changes, neither is it static – our Lord always meets us where we are – and the I guess His Word does the same thing. I’m going to get to the Final Four a lot slower than you did – because I’m going to be writing posts and justifying each decision – but I really heart that you did this – thank you – and I will be considering YOUR results as I go through mine. God bless and keep you Katie – hang in there!


Martha Orlando March 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

I love how you chose the locations for the match-ups. I do hope I’ll have time to play along.
Blessings, Craig!


Craig March 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

it’ll take a while for me to get to my final four – so no rush Martha – but I really WOULD heart if you worked your way through the brackets – I just started and it’s absolutely, astoundingly, eye-opening – so much more than I would’ve thought. You will learn so much about where you are. Anyway, thank you Martha, and blessings to you too!


kathy12345 August 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm

I was led to this site. Laodicea was just placed in my Spirit. God Through Jesus Christ Through The Holy Spirit is my firm belief. Ive asked for the eyes to see. Bible verses are very important. I was led to look into Laodicea. Viewing it and seeing it is a very small area. And with your game and the #4,,, We are in the last Church. Something has, or will happen on that small area of land. I will save your site, and look into it.
Thank you,


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