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How a Gay Football Player Could Help Redeem the Church
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Michael Sam is the right person to be in the spotlight not just for promoting gay rights, but because, when it comes to a sense of identity, he is a good model for the church to follow. ...

Where Are the Referees?
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Without referees (judges, umpires, arbiters, monitors), much of life would be a chaotic ordeal dominated by cheats, bullies, and dirty players. As a bizarre and ungainly conferen ...

Fans Rely on God, Rituals to Boost Favorite Team
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Most Americans don’t think God or the devil will be picking the NFL playoff winners this weekend or any other sports champions. Most Americans don’t think God or the devil will b ...

Sacking the 'Redsk*ns'
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Peggy Flanagan Just because racism is "tradition" doesn't make it right. I'VE NEVER FELT ...

Go Long, for Life
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Fear of failure keeps you in the short game, and ironically this often becomes a predictor of failure. Growing up I played a lot of football. In my neighborhood there was a const ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Breaking the Line by Simon & Schuster / Moved by the Spirit by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture / The Adventist ...

Brazilians and Football: From Passion to Protest
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Brazilians are beginning to question the price they are paying for their football catharses, emotional releases that don’t solve any problems at all, but merely act like a numbing balm on the symptoms. Tired ...

Welcome to New England, Tim
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Now that you’re joining the Patriots, I’d like to offer you a few pointers on your new regional home. I realize that, to someone from the deep South, this may seem like just another part of Yankeedom, but New ...

Sorry, But God Isn't a Ravens Fan
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

When did "football" become so intertwined with "God," like "God" and "America?" Faith and football, faith and flag. Is this what God is all about? ...

If I Were Manti Te’o's Pastor
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Because I’m a believer in people – and more so – because I believe in the power of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration, I want to see Manti Te'o do well – not just as a football player – but as a ...

RGIII and Some Tibs
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Many believe immigration reform will come up again this year. The recent elections have reminded both parties — especially Republicans — about the power of the Latino vote, and Latinos want immigration reform. ...

Is the Future of Church in Fantasy Faith Leagues?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

A growing majority of people outside the church doors don’t really care about the denominational logo over the entryway, the name inscribed on the stone sign by the street or the long, rich history of all the ...

Texas Cheerleaders Clamor for G-O-D at Football Games
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games. Cheerleaders at an East Texas hi ...

First Official Sojourners Fantasy Football Guide
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

You know it is football season when the office starts grumbling about the offensive name of the local football team, or when co-workers start asking, "What ever happened to Tim Tebow?" ...

Community Builder and Footballer: Amani Matabaro
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Congo is still suffering from the overspill of the Rwandan genocide, the aftermath of which took the lives of both of Amani’s parents. Rebel groups roam the Kivu provinces of eastern Congo and seek to unravel ...

Suffer the Little Children: Crime and Punishment at Penn State
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

This is one of the clearest examples of a fundamental moral problem in our society — the protection of an institution has become more important than the lives of innocent children. ...

Tim Tebow Brings a Little Goodness to Gotham
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Now that Quarterback Tim Tebow has been traded to the Jets, New Jersey is about to experience a dose of wholesomeness it hasn't seen since milk trucks stopped delivering to your door. ...

NFL Salary Increase Ten Times the Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Two things to consider: 1) On Sunday, the NFL announced that it had increased the salary cap for athletes by $225,000. Last year, players could make $120.375 million dollars per year; this year they can make $120.6 million. 2) The income requireme ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: Public Displays of Tebow
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

I know it's late. I know you are done with the guy and the Broncos' season is over. Still, I have a question for you. I know it's late. I know you are done w ...

Football: Our Finest Christian Witness
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

When God chose Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to be His witness to a hurting world, it might not have been clear that this was only a temporary calling. When God chose Denve ...

Links (and Videos) of Awesomeness: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 5:56pm | Type: Blog

Links (and Videos) of Awesomeness: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 Flash mobs have been appearing quite often this year – in shopping malls, public transportation stations, occupy movements ...

Is Tim Tebow on God's Fantasy Football Team?
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

If Tebow and I (and his pastor) are reading the same Gospel, every player in the NFL is on God’s team. Not just Tebow. Not just the ones who pray or express their faith as openly as he does. ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 ABC NEWS: GOP Candidates Fight Over Future Of Immigration Reform While the country’s flailing economy is still shaping up to be th ...

Penn State’s Massive Moral Failure to Put The Most Vulnerable First Instead of Last
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

As it was done to them, it was done to Christ himself, the very Son of God. The Penn State story of the sexual abuse of children has just sickened me — as it has many others. I ha ...

Racism, Moral Law and the Penn State Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

My heart is very heavy today as I read about the eight boys who were sexually assaulted by Gerald A. Sandusky in his home and in the locker rooms of the Penn State University campus. My soul deeply grieves to ...

Say It Ain't So, David
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Abuse of physical strength and power hasn’t been limited to the locker rooms at Penn State. Nor is it limited to middle-aged men. It's in every culture, every city and state, and in every generation. And, ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

Thank God That I am a Man and Not a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's likely that some of you will take offense at the title of this post. But if you read through the post, it'll certainly make more sense in the larger context. It ...

The Real Crisis in Ohio: Senate Bill 5
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This has been a difficult year in Ohio. This has been a difficult year in Ohio. For a state that lives and dies with the Ohio State Buckeye football team, the allegations surround ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

'Judge, Appeal To Your Inner Self!'
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

I spent all day Saturday at a middle-school debate tournament. My seventh-grade son Luke loves being on his middle school baseball team. I spent all day Saturday at a middle-schoo ...

'Dad, What is Rape?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Super Bowl was a good football game and the team I liked best won -- the Green Bay Packers. The team is owned by its city, not some narcissistic rich guy, and I like that. The ...

Friday Links Round Up: Rosa Parks. Football Injuries. Egypt.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/04/friday-links-round-up-rosa-parks-football-injuries-egypt/" target="_self"></a>Rosa Parks. Football Injuries. Egypt. Here's ...

One Year Later, I Remain Against Football
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Posting an unpopular position in a blog post online can be a bone jarring hit to your ego. Posting an unpopular position in a blog post online can be a bone jarring hit to you ...

Football and Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All around the United States, high school and college football teams are beginning to practice for the fall season. All around the United States, high school and college footba ...

After World Cup, Violence Persists in South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-fifa-worldcup.jpg"></a>The World Cup eclipsed our lives in South Africa as we witnessed four weeks of unbelievable soccer and celebrat ...

The Ultimate Insult? Call a Man a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I am not a hockey fan. I am the wife of a long-suffering Cubs fan, and by marriage I have learned all I know about baseball, football, and basketball from my husband. I am not a h ...

Focusing World Cup Fever on South Africa's Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I have committed my work, social action, and development endeavors to a social consciousness and awareness that propels a high standard of morality, ethics, and codes of conduct. ...

Tim Tebow's Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Brouhaha
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Is nothing sacred anymore?</p> Is nothing sacred anymore? With the exception of one Super Bowl in the '80s, I've generally looked at Super Bowl Sunday as an ex ...

Avatar and The Blind Side: The Never-ending Messianic Complex Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The last two movies that my wife and I had the chance to watch were Avatar and The Blind Side. Not sure how that happened, but both movies had very rich missiological and race themes to them. Or maybe ...

Woza 2010 Woza! Reasons for Optimism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Woza 2010 Woza! Woza 2010 Woza! Meaning 'come 2010 come!' There is an air of excitement not only in South Africa but across the continent as the World Cup Football Tourn ...

'Offensive Play': Why I've Watched My Last Superbowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Humans drug themselves with violence. Violence has been and continues to be a path for cathartic release and for entertainment. Humans drug themselves with violence. Violence has ...

The Other Dimension of the Game
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been thinking much about this slogan or caption, "the other dimension of the game." It is a slick and catchy phrase I have been exposed to in my work with Streetfootballworld -- a strategic ...

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston. In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League s ...

Cardinals Win Super Bowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

So you think the Pittsburgh Steelers won the big game Sunday night? So you think the Pittsburgh Steelers won the big game Sunday night? Hundreds of poor kids in El Salvador will ...

Baseball, Football, and George Carlin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Comedian <a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?_r=1&amp;ref=obituaries&amp;oref=slogin" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?_r=1 ...