Why Football Is (or Can Be) Good for the Soul

faith-and-football

Mark Oppenheimer’s recent cover article on faith and football for Sports Illustrated is a sterling example of agenda journalism. Whether or not the author had an agenda when he accepted the assignment, he clearly had one by the time he started writing: not representing in a deep and nuanced way the faith lives of football players but [Read More...]

Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, and Why God Cares About Sports

Isn’t it degrading to suggest that God cares about sports?  Isn’t that anthropomorphizing?  Are we, like the ancient Greeks with their stories of gods who did all sorts of silly and petty and naughty things, really supposed to imagine that God dons a cheese-wedge upon his head and roots for the Packers? With war and [Read More...]

The Circle of Protection, Poverty, Obama v. Romney, and Aaron Rodgers: The Morning Report

In the News 1.  “Christian Coalition Asks Obama to Protect the Poor During Meeting.”  There’s a lot to say about this.  On the surface it’s a simple matter: of course the budget should not be balanced “on the backs of the poor.”  Underneath the surface, it’s not so simple.  What if some programs designed to [Read More...]


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