Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

tony-dungy

Tony Dungy, former Super Bowl-winning coach and current analyst for NBC, expressed his opinion about whether or not he would have drafted Michael Sam (a University of Missouri football player who announced he was gay before the league’s draft earlier this year). So far, so good. Except one thing: Dungy’s opinion was different from the accepted position of the Left (to which the vast, vast majority of the media subscribe)-that anyone who disagrees with same-sex marriage or thinks homosexuality is a sin, or doesn’t celebrate homosexuality in every way at all times, is a racist and a bigot who should be drummed out of polite society. The response to Dungy was predictable: outrage.

Tony Dungy expressed his opinion. So what. Have we come to the point in the United States where only certain opinions are allowed, or do those on the Left simply not want to hear opinions they don’t agree with?

Ted Kluck has written on this subject and it’s worth a read. You can read his article here.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

images

Bubba Watson won the Master’s golf tournament for the second time in his career last Sunday. A post by Joe Carter gives us some background information about who Bubba is and what’s most important to him, with lots of links to follow. It’s and interesting read about an interesting guy. You can read it here.

Read Full Post »

Super Bowl Myths

Thank you, Joe Carter!

He’s written an excellent piece debunking four very common myths surrounding Super Bowl Sunday. Maybe you’ve heard them and maybe you’ve passed them along to others. We need to put them to rest once and for all. You can read his piece here.

Enjoy the game!

Read Full Post »

I couldn’t watch the TrailBlazer game live last night because I was working on my sermon (some things are more important than my beloved basketball team), so I decided to record it on the DVR. I heard the score before I had a chance to watch the game even though I tried hard to avoid it. The Blazers beat the Atlanta Hawks fro the second straight road win!

Knowledge of the result of the game changed the way I watched it. When the Blazers fell behind by double digits, I wasn’t worried, nervous, or anxious because I knew that, in the end, they’d win. I enjoyed the rookie-of-the-year play of Damian Lillard, the thunderous dunks of J.J. Hickson, and the hot shooting of Wesley Matthews, knowing it would end in a victory. Neither Meyers Leonard getting elbowed upside the head (hard) nor some questionable officiating could shake my optimism. I could watch with a sense of calmness because I knew how the game would end.

Shouldn’t it be the same with my Christian life? I know how it’s going to end, don’t I? Yes, I do! In this life, we know that “God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and those who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). In the next life, we know that, as Christians, we will be with the Lord – “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:6-8).

Whether in this life or the next, I know the result or the outcome – God works all things for my good in order to conform me to the image of Christ His Son (Rom. 8:29), and I will be with Him not because of my works or goodness, but because of His grace and mercy in Christ. Knowing how things end should change the way I live before the face of God (Coram Deo).

Read Full Post »

Tebow Time

Syndicated columnist Rich Lowry doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Denver Broncos and a man not ashamed or embarrassed to say he’s a Christian. Lowry echoes my own thoughts on Tebow. Read the article here. Here are two good quotes:

Nonetheless, Tim Tebow is considered “controversial.” It’s now cutting edge to be a straight arrow. It’s countercultural to be an outspoken Christian. A player who embodies everything meant by the cliché “role model” is for his critics a figure of fun, or even hatred.

Here is a prominent player who will almost certainly never require fathers to make awkward explanations to their kids about some spectacular scandal. Rejoice, America, rejoice.

Read Full Post »

Terry Mattingly has written a good tribute to John Wooden, possibly the greatest coach ever, in his weekly column. Read it here.

Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is legendary, his players speak incredibly highly of him, and he maintained a sterling reputation throughout his 99 years. But his most important trait was his faith in and faithfulness to His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Read Full Post »

The Spokesman-Review (Spokane’s newspaper) has published an article by Nick Eaton on the Washington State Cougars basketball team and, specifically, the Christian faith of their coach and several players. The Cougars are still in the NCAA basketball tournament (Sweet 16) – the only Northwest team left.

I’m always interested in how the intersection of belief in Jesus Christ and involvement in sports is covered by the media. It’s a mixed bag. This article is pretty good, on the whole.

What was most interesting, though, is a question I like to ask, not just of athletes, but of anyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ – “What difference does it make in how you play/work/live/relate/teach/govern/parent, etc.?”

Some of the Cougars have the letters “ISAW” on their shirts. It’s a reference to 1 Corinthians 9:24 which says, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” “ISAW” – In Such A Way – is the Cougars motto this year. Coach Tony Bennet, a Christian, wants his team to do everything “in such a way” that they might achieve their purpose of winning.

Taylor Rochestie, junior guard, says that “in such a way” means “kind of not playing for yourself, that’s what it really does mean to me. You gotta train in such a way to get the team better. Play in such a way – you know, go for the loose balls, do the little things. It’s kind of the same way as saying, ‘Do the intangibles.'”

Senior center Robbie Cowgill says, “Because of (faith), I don’t have to worry about how people view me or if I miss a bunch of shots, what my identity really is. Because I already know I’m secure in who God says I am, and that’s who I am…I think in basketball that helps me a lot, calms me down a lot.”

Daven Harmeling, junior guard, says, “You know, tangibly, I think my faith helps me play with passion. For me, a way to honor (God) is to play as hard as I can. And, you know, that doesn’t mean He’s going to guide the ball (into the basket) every time; I don’t think He does any of that. But it does mean that I can play in a way that I can honor Him with what He’s given me.”

Well done, guys. Beat North Carolina!

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »