5 Quick Thoughts on Manhood and Sports

I just had the opportunity to publish an essay with The Gospel Coalition on football, “warrior culture,” and manhood. It’s stirred the pot, because I make the argument that warrior culture and biblical manhood are not the same thing. They do not lead to the same result. The article’s drawn a heated response from some. [Read More...]

Is Football Too Violent? 11 Reflections on My Christianity Today Essay

I just wrote this Christianity Today piece on football violence in light of the NFL’s nearly $765-million settlement with injured players. It’s stirred up a bit of interaction on Twitter, so say the least. Here’s a slice from the essay: A sizeable portion of evangelicals do not follow boxing or mixed-martial arts due, in part, to their [Read More...]

The Courageous Woman Who Didn’t Abort Colin Kaepernick

Sometimes you read a story that seems scripted by a sentimental Hollywood writer. As ESPN’s Rick Reilly makes clear, Colin Kaepernick’s life story fits this mold. Kaepernick’s mother, Heidi Russo, was in a rough situation when she gave birth to little Colin. She nursed him for over a month until she found a couple who [Read More...]

Collin Klein Kissed for the First Time on His Wedding Day

My favorite sportswriter, Thomas Lake, just published a fun story on Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.  Klein professes to be a Christian and seems to have a strong testimony (and unfortunately appears to have been bitten by the SI cover jinx–go Baylor Bears!). The article is written in a different format than the long-form style [Read More...]

“It Is Time for the Country to Grow Up”: On Penn State & Sports Culture

Howard Bryant of ESPN calls out American sports culture in the context of the recent Penn State football sanctions: Penn State lost its fun and games, its diversion. It lost a fictionalized version of itself and its fallen, iconic coach. It lost numbers in a record book and money from its wallet. The sanctions against [Read More...]

Youth Football & Collisions: Really, Really, Really Bad News

ESPN just released this frightening data from the first study of youth football and the impact of head-to-head collisions: The first-ever study to measure the head impacts among youth football players has found that some hits absorbed by second graders are as forceful as those in the college game, and that unlike at in high [Read More...]

Is Tim Tebow Succeeding Because of the “Hand of God?”

It seems to be Tim Tebow week here at the blog, though without any prior planning toward this goal on my part.  I wrote a piece on the Sunday night comments of NBC sportscaster Bob Costas that suggested that God does not “take a hand in the outcome of [football] games.” Readers of this blog [Read More...]

Serving the Least: Tim Tebow and the Brain-tumor Victim

I found this excerpt, from one of the 1,000 Tim Tebow journalism pieces on the web at present, quite powerful.  I’m not a Tebow zealot, nor am I a big fan of the unnecessary violence of football, but there’s no arguing with character like this: Mr. Tebow’s acts of goodwill have often been more intimate. [Read More...]

Walking the Sawdust Trail: The Altar-Call and its Use in American Evangelicalism

“The pastor closes his sermon: “The Holy Spirit bids you come. The congregation, praying, hoping, expectant, bids you come. On the first note of the first stanza, come down one of these stairways, down one of these aisles. May angels attend you. May the Holy Spirit of God encourage you. May the presence of Jesus [Read More...]

The Goof on the Roof, and the State of Contemporary Masculinity

I was reading the Sunday edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal when I came across this news nugget in the sports pages (I googled it to find out more). Apparently, some guy in Baltimore (he doesn’t deserve to be named here) camped out on the roof of a Baltimore bar as a publicity stunt until the [Read More...]


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