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The Matthew Effect – is God Unfair?

Matthew 25:29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. David Epstein published an interesting read entitled The Sports Gene which investigates the question of whether elite athletes are genetic freaks or simply normal people who overcome their […]

Jesus – Not a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel Robert Merton, a 20th century sociologist, is credited as coining the expression “self-fulfilling prophecy” which is “in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes […]

Hope Deferred Makes the Heart Sick

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. There are many sporting memories that remain etched in my mind and many have come on the highest stage, the Olympic Games.  One such memory is of U.S. speed skater Dan Jansen.  Dan was a world class speed […]

What’s Your Position on the Team?

Romans 12: 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us… Can you imagine an elite basketball team where the 5-foot-6-inch point guard decided she wanted to play center, replacing her 6-foot-4-inch teammate?  “I spend all day running up and down the court, dishing off the ball to the center, who just […]