Christianity = Curling or: Not Even We Understand What We’re Doing

Which Patheos blogger said this?

I swear, we’ve probably watched eight rounds of curling during the Olympics and I still have no idea what the rules actually are. Are they trying to get all of their pucks (is that thing a puck?) on the bull’s-eye? Are they trying to just land one in the middle? I have no idea, and at the end of every match I’m honestly confused at why the team who won, actually won. No one in my family agrees on the rules either because the whole game is just straight up confusing even though it looks simple.

Now, I could solve this problem by looking up the rules to the game online, but I’ve never been one to take the easy way to do anything.

Christianity is a lot like this. No one completely understands how the game is supposed to be played. Everyone on the team has their own idea as to what the focus should be, and which rules are important. Folks watching from the outside? They’re just as confused as we are even if they don’t always realize it.

Sadly, we often settle for arguing about the rules while sitting in the bleachers rather than learning by taking a chance and just getting out on the ice.

Those of us on the ice? We’re all just trying to figure it out as we play, even when we talk a big game about strategy.


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UConn Assistant Football Coach Who Said ‘Jesus Christ Should Be in the Center of our Huddle’ Resigns

About a month ago, Ernest Jones, the new assistant coach for the University of Connecticut’s football team explained how faith was part of his team’s philosophy:



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Answering Christians’ Questions About Openly Gay Football Player Michael Sam

When football superstar Michael Sam came out as gay in the New York Times last weekend, much of the country was ready for it.

We started figuring this out when NBA player Jason Collins came out last year, making him the first openly gay male pro athlete ever. Athletes from lower-level leagues come out every day, and especially as we turn our attention to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, we’re more and more attuned to the destructive consequences of systemic homophobia and its effects on the sporting world.

On its cover this week, Sports Illustrated juxtaposed two telling headlines: “America is ready for Michael Sam” in bold font, next to a smaller “Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?” Different people have different answers, but a few outspoken advocates who know their football are pretty sure that welcoming a gay player shouldn’t have any effect on the game.

For example, former NFL player Donté Stallworth has tweeted his support for Sam and said that any team afraid to “handle the media coverage” he’ll spark is “already a loser.” Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen made an even bigger statement criticizing the NFL for welcoming accused rapists and criminals, yet potentially shunning a gay player.

The Christian website Charisma News asked some of these questions, too — but they’ve gotten their answers all wrong. Writer Michael Brown is clearly uncomfortable with LGBT people in general, let alone gay athletes, so he doesn’t even know where to start with Michael Sam. He’s got all kinds of questions about how a pro football team could possibly function with a gay player on the field and in practice and (gasp!) in the locker room.

His answers to those questions were pretty terrible, so I thought I’d step in and help him out. (His questions in bold.)

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Fox News’ Todd Starnes Reacts to Openly Gay Football Player

Within hours of University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, an NFL prospect, coming out as gay, Fox News’ Todd Starnes had an apology for his readers:



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An ESPN Reporter Giggles When NBA Star Kevin Durant Gives Credit to God in Interview, and the Internet Goes Crazy

Watch this 28-second clip of ESPN reporter Doris Burke interviewing basketball star Kevin Durant:

Burke: What goes into a streak to get you to the level you’ve been at over these last twelve games? What goes into that, Kevin?

Durant: God. That’s all I can say. Jesus Christ.

Burke: [Laughs] Okay, thank you. You had nothing to do with it?

Durant: Naw, nothin’. It’s all Him.

Burke: Thank you.


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