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...]

Brett Favre: “I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll”

I saw these words from former NFL star Brett Favre on memory loss and concussions today. Favre was asked by the St. Louis Rams to come out of retirement at age 44 and play again. Here’s what he said in a radio interview recently: I don’t remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one [Read More...]

The Tressel Fiasco: Christians and Their Sports Heroes

Do the moral failures of former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, an outspoken Christian, have anything to teach Christians?  I think they do. I do not know Jim Tressel.  His faith has certainly seemed in the past to be genuine.  (Update: here’s a resource showing a profession of faith from Tressel, albeit one that [Read More...]

Church Fight Clubs: Good or Bad Idea?

The New York Times just published an article entitled “Flock Is Now a Fight Team in Some Ministries” that bears looking into.  It profiles evangelical “fight clubs” and quotes a number of pastors and young men who participate in them. Here are some key quotations: Mr. Renken’s ministry is one of a small but growing [Read More...]

Sacrificing Children–to Sports, Not Molech

There is no way to make adolescence injury-proof.  Competition and sports can be very good things (Photo: GettysburgFlag site).  But when you see stats like this in a NYT article, you have to wonder about whether the harmful side effects of high-contact sports are worth it: “High school athletes in nine primary sports sustained an [Read More...]

Pickup Basketball, Ethical Fabrics, and the “Larry Bird” Moment

My erstwhile blog partner Stanley Fish has just written a post called “My Life on the Court” for the NYT on how much he loves basketball.  I found it quite enjoyable, and you might too, especially if you enjoy pickup basketball. Fish’s love affair with basketball: “I have been playing basketball since I was seven [Read More...]

The Sweetness of Sport: ESPN on Small-School Basketball

“With another 100-point night in the books, the Elliott County Lions have adjourned to the Penny Mart (“Deli-Propane-Lotto” reads the sign). Here, playing rook amid the motor oil and fishing hooks and canned goods, they are rural royalty. The chicken wings, cheeseburgers and slushies are free for the boys after every game, enthusiastically provided by [Read More...]

Spider Webs of Our Own Making: Pride and the Christian Life

A little while back I blogged about Stephen Altrogge’s book on sports.  I recommended it to my readers and noted as I did so some illumination it brought me about the condition of my heart.  In reflecting more on that condition, I’ve found a resonant image playing in my mind related to my pride.  Like [Read More...]

Game Day for the Glory of God: Reviewing Stephen Altrogge’s New Book

I recently read Stephen Altrogge’s Game Day for the Glory of God (Crossway, 2008) and really enjoyed it.  I would encourage parents, sports fans, and Christians who love sports fans to pick the book up. Here’s a nice excerpt from the book that captures its spirit: “God has given us the gift of sports so [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, September 5, 2008

1. An excellent Carl Trueman article on the temptation of professor-worship (HT:JT).  We’ve all seen this happen, but Trueman makes some good points (and is so much fun to read).  An excerpt: “The cult of professor worship is perhaps the most dangerous and reprehensible cult in the theological world.  It is no respecter of theological [Read More...]


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