Tim Tebow Can Do All Things Through Christ, So He Should Quit

When he made Sports Illustrated’s cover, Tim Tebow’s face showed a player determined to win, and his eye black featured what is probably the most used Bible verse in all of American sports, Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” If human achievement can’t exemplify the claim made in Scripture, then Tim Tebow’s football efforts come close. While in college, it seemed his "Superman" nickname was highlighted by the assumption in that verse -- he could do all things. … [Read more...]

Boycotting For Sport: Why The Olympics Must Go On

Throughout the history of the modern Olympic Games, both democracies and dictatorships have hosted the Games. National leaders spanning the ideological spectrum -- everyone from Adolph Hitler to Ronald Reagan -- have hosted the Games, and that isn’t about to change anytime soon. Case in point: Russia’s Vladimir Putin.It doesn’t take much research to know that Putin is not beloved internationally. He’s been called a dictator, a tsar, and a bully. I usually don’t concern myself with politics wh … [Read more...]

6. Twelve Years a Slave: “Little Relief for the Moviegoer” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #7: Welcome to Night Vale #6: Twelve Years a Slave “…and you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free…”I saw 12 Years a Slave right before exams began, almost as a break from all the grading I had been doing and still had to do. I had read the story of Solomon Nothrup years ago, so I was quite familiar with what he had endured, and his written account. I have spent the bet … [Read more...]

Christmas Can Make It Hard to Remember That ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

I try to catch a glimpse of the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life every year. I rarely get to watch the entire film, but I usually watch the scene that most closely reflects my feelings about Christmas. No, it’s not the end where everyone is singing “Auld Lang Syne” and proclaiming George Bailey to be the richest man in town. Nor is it the scene where the tinkling bell means Clarence got his angel’s wings. That’s a nice touch to the story, muddy angelology notwithstanding. The scene I … [Read more...]

Faith and Basketball

For the past few months we haven’t had ESPN in the house, but we just called to re-up. Each year about this time, my family repents from our baseball-induced backsliding even as we genuflect to that marker of faith that millions across the country recognize: the start of college basketball season. For a guy who graduated from the University of Kentucky, there’s really only one team for me to root for, although I love the talent and passion found throughout college athletics. This year, it see … [Read more...]

These Comedians Getting Coffee Are not My Friends

A friend of mine told me about a web series, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, titled Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. In each episode, Jerry calls a famous comedian friend and they go get a cup of coffee or a sandwich or something. And I have to say, when I first heard of the series, I thought it was going to be a laugh-a-minute kind of show. But it doesn’t work in the way a sitcom does. Rather, it works like a real friendship. At times, the conversation lags, and there’s not much interest. Jerry hims … [Read more...]