It’s that time of year again, when passive and disinterested church-goers magically transform into passionate football fans, going from falling asleep in the back row to maniacally screaming their heads off at a tv or in a stadium. I know the default mode of most pastors is to simply judge the congregations’ misplaced priorities, assume the problem is all with them, and then move on with our traditional church routine. But before we condemn and move on, it behooves us to look a little deeper as to why so many people choose football over church in the Fall. Can we learn anything beyond the stereotypical reasons of ‘they’re sinners’ and ‘they don’t love Jesus?’
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