What does God owe you?

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God?  (Romans 9: 20a) Old people say stuff like: “back when I was young, it was different”.  I try not to do it myself as I grow older, but I now see the challenge that older people face.  Having entered my 6th decade, I […]

The Faith of a Child

15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  (Mark 10:15) My son and I had the pleasure of assisting with a week-long soccer camp at our church, which was being led by Athletes in Action. It’s a great organization and the leaders […]

A Healthy Jealousy?

They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols. (Psalm 78:58) Are You Jealous of Other Athletes’ Abilities?  The title of this blog caught my attention.  The writer recounted his time as a college freshman baseball player.  The first day at the batting cages he met one of his new teammates.  […]

Winning the Respect of Others

15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. (1 Peter 2:15) One of my favorite Christian athletes is Mike “Pinball” Clemons. Clemons played for the 1987 Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL (predominantly as a punt returner), however his greatest success came as a Toronto Argonaut […]

Is your Identity tied up in Sports?

1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1a) Becoming Sidelined: The Loss of Athletic Identity.   I found this article on a website called: www.sidelinedusa.org, a non-profit organization formed for athletes “unable to continue to compete in their sport due to career-ending injuries, […]

Dragged Away by Temptation

14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. (James 1:14) Millions of kids, and most of their parents, are striving to make it big in sports.  They are dedicating long hours of practicing and driving and devoting thousands of dollars to the cause.  For some the dream […]

Disown the Word – Disown Jesus!

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (1 John 1:1) I get a kick out of athlete’s nicknames.  According to the author of “25 of the Best Nicknames in Sports History”[i], they usually say a lot about the athlete and person.  NBA superstar Karl Malone was known […]

Hold Fast to the Teachings

15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. (2 Thessalonians 2:15) The majority of an athlete’s life is spent training or what is known as practice.  “Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in […]