The Holy Huddle: The 2012 CaPC Hoops Tournament Update Weekend 1

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 we have come to expect, this past weekend of March Madness provided viewers with upsets, upstarts, and beat-downs and left us in eager anticipation for the Sweet 16 -- the coming weekend when the 16 teams get whittled down to the Final 4 teams.For our interests at CaPC, the past weekend also provided an honest look into religious higher education in America … [Read more...]

Introducing the 2012 CaPC Theology Hoops Tournament

Universities possess an array of tools for influencing American Culture, but one of the more potent tools comes out during the month of March each year: the NCAA men's basketball tournament (March Madness). March Madness is a 68 team, single-elimination tournament that takes place over three weekends in March/April. Teams are placed into a four region bracket and seeded based on a metric known as RPI rankings. Once the bracket is set, hundreds of thousands of fans will download a printable b … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: On Peyton Manning and the Fleeting Nature of 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. At the official press conference last week, Peyton Manning choked back tears as he delivered a prepared speech to announce that he had been cut by the Indianapolis Colts after 14 years of service. He thanked the organization that drafted him in 1998, and he thanked the fans for their support. But the most haunting feature of his tear-filled delivery was the way i … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Superbowl Sunday

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.The Superbowl is upon us. For your pastor and the staff, that means the headache of trying to figure out how to keep all your church family happy without looking like sell-outs concerning the importance of the local church gathering.  Most churches have some sort of regularly scheduled service on Sunday nights, it might be a preaching service, some kind of discipleship or prayer service, or p … [Read more...]

Is Tim Tebow Christianity's MVP?

Tim Tebow prays before every game, writes John 3:16 on his eye black, and manages to mention Jesus in every interview. Tim Tebow’s Christianity is on public display in greater detail than perhaps any other evangelical athlete. His rise to stardom at Denver has been the most talked about story in professional sports this year. And while Tebow has garnered a lot of support from Christians praising him for his faithfulness to Christ in the public square, I am not sure his outward piety teaches us m … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Tim Tebow Is My Brother

Tim Tebow is making everyone uncomfortable. He makes sports analysts uncomfortable because he is running the football 22 times a game, something that has not been done by a quarterback since 1950. He is completing half of his passes at best. He seems locked on a single receiver when he drops back into the pocket to throw, and his mechanics are terrible. Yet, the Broncos are 5–1 since he took over, and the fans seem to adore him despite his unorthodox style.Oh, did I mention that he keeps p … [Read more...]

Podcast #105: Meditating on Penn State's Moral Failure

Podcast #105: Meditating on Penn State's Moral FailureWhat happened at Penn State is more than a typical sports-related scandal - it's a moral failure that violates inherent human law and a social agreement of common human decency. The public is rightly outraged. But what does it mean? What do we do now? Why did it happen? And what can we learn from it? This week, editor-in-chief Richard Clark hosts two CaPC writers, Nick Olson (who wrote yesterday's must-read article addressing this issue) … [Read more...]

Happy Valley: The Delusion of Penn State's Paradise, Lost

I grew up—and still live—in Penn State country just outside of State College. Nearly everyone knows the area by a different name: Happy Valley. Reasons abound as to why one would be happy living in the heart of Pennsylvania, but the main reason for the colloquialism is that Penn State has been a nationally esteemed place to raise a family. We have been dubbed the "least stressful," ranked 19th among the "50 smartest places to live," and counted the number one "safest small city in America." The i … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: 'Tebowing' and the Complexity of Religious Humor

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.According to, to participate in the phenomenon of "Tebowing," simply "get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different." If you take a picture of yourself Tebowing and send it to the site, it might even get posted, garnering you the glorious modern crown of 15 minutes of digital … [Read more...]

What Do Christians Want From Lebron James?

Look, I don’t really like or admire him either.Lebron James is currently one of the most reviled figures in sports.  Whether you use radio, print, blogs, or Comic Sans, if you are a sports fan outside of Miami you have probably taken at least a few minutes out of the past week to do two things: dislike Lebron, and revel in his defeat (not merely, we should note, the victory of the Dallas Mavericks).I want to challenge you on that.Why do we so dislike Lebron? After all, it is actually pr … [Read more...]