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How Might Christians Respond to the Question of Homosexual Marriage?

Re-posted with permission; first posted at DougHankins.com 3/26/2013.Today marks the beginning of a monumental Supreme Court debate about a state and nation's ability to define the parameters of marriage. With the recent state elections moving in the direction of affirming same-sex marriage as a normative political and social value, many Christians are being pressed into an awkward and unforeseen circumstance: They must come to terms with how to respond to the question — What do you think a … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Commentary on the Penn State Sanctions

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. By now you have heard about it. NCAA president Mark Emmert doled out a four-component set of sanctions against Penn State University's football program in response to the gross negligence and failure to monitor the internal authority structures that allowed for widespread sexual assault of minors. The sanctions are as follows:$60 million to be given to p … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Dr. Shaq's Best Quote, 'Don't Waste Your Life!'

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Shaquille O'Neal is known for his quotes. The Hall of Fame NBA center is widely perceived to be one of the best for interviews in professional sports. After all, who wouldn't want to interview a guy who said this? Or this? Or this? Or this?Shaq may be a jovial champion on the court, but his off the court way of life merits reflection and—gasp—consideration as a … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Disunity at the Olympic Trials

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. It has been anything but a shining week for individual sports in the Olympic trials. There may be no i in team, but some sports are definitely more I-centered than others.Consider the comments made by swimmer Tyler Clary, who spoke critically about his teammate Michael Phelps, who has "been asking to get beat for the longest time" by virtue of his paltry work e … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Football, Playoffs, and Fairness

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. We finally have a playoff system for the highest level of collegiate football. This past Tuesday, BCS presidents approved a four-team playoff for the national championship that begins in 2014. But, the question remains: What did fans gain with this new playoff format? Did we achieve the goal of settling the age-old debate about the true champion of college footba … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Lance and Roger, Ethics and Legality, Competition and Fairness

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Roger Clemens. Lance Armstrong.Texans. Hall of Famers. Transcendent athletes. Cheaters.Allegedly.In the past week, the sports world has discovered more details in the grand narrative of these two sports luminaries. This past Monday Clemens was acquitted of six counts of perjury and obstruction of justice charges in federal court. Armstrong was recently barr … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Is Sports Fandom a Bastion of Hatred?

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Quick. Name the connection between LeBron James and Tiger Woods. Here's what I came up with:Both are notable professional athletes. Both are child prodigies in the sports arena. Both are multi-millionaires. Both live in the state of Florida.Yes, those facts are true. But consider this fact as well:Both are hated in the sports world.Tiger and LeBron a … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Checking in on Christians in Sports

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. The secularization thesis, as defined by sociologists, economists, and psychologists, argued that the value of religion would gradually decrease in the minds of a more sophisticated, emerging society. After all, no thinking person could continue to consider religious belief in an age of enlightenment.Apparently Weber, Marx, and Freud forgot to consider the vas … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: What Elders Can Learn from Larry Bird

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Last week, the NBA handed out the Executive of the Year award, not to MBA-types like Jerry Colangelo and Gar Forman. This year's winner was Larry Joe Bird—as in Basketball Jesus, 12-time All Star, 3-time NBA Champion, Dream Team Member, and 1981 Rookie of the Year. With this award, Bird has become the only person to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year, MVP, Coach of … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Sports Figures, The Hunger Games, and Sociological Terminology

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. As with any job, being a professional sports athlete requires a separation between personal and professional perspectives. Failing to do so, results in the professional side suffering due to personal troubles. In the past month, the sports world has tuned in to a soap opera of professional/personal balance that centers on the statements of three actors.Metta Wo … [Read more...]


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