Some Things God Wants Us to Learn from Athletics

One of the apostle Paul’s favorite metaphors is that of a competitor in an athletic contest. Paul clearly was familiar with running (Galatians 2:2), boxing (1 Corinthians 9:26), wrestling (Ephesians 6:12), and probably gladiatorial contests (1 Corinthians 4:9; 15:32) and chariot races (Philippians 3:13-14). Consider the following passages, and some practical lessons God would have […]

Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels

This week marks the end of the 2016 college football bowl season. After Monday night, there will have been 42 bowl games in the current cycle. But back in 1929, there was only one bowl game: the Rose Bowl. The 1929 Rose Bowl featured undefeated Georgia Tech against a one-loss University of California team, included […]

A Husband’s Eulogy for His Wife

Monty Williams is a former NBA basketball player and currently an assistant coach with Oklahoma City Thunder. Earlier this month, Williams’ wife Ingrid was killed in a car accident when Susannah Donaldson’s car, traveling at 92 miles per hour, crossed over the median and hit Mrs. Williams’ car head-on. Both women died, and three of […]

The Bible and Doping in Sports

In sports there is sometimes a desire to win at practically all costs. Drugs employed by athletes for sport include agents that make the body stronger, larger, increase oxygen carrying capacity, provide energy and/or stimulation, and decrease recovery time after exertion.1 Such drugs have made the headlines via star baseball players in years past, but […]

That ‘Crazy’ Herschel Walker Trade

A new ESPN mini-documentary concerns the legendary Herschel Walker trade in NFL football. In October 1989, the Dallas Cowboys traded former Georgia star Herschel Walker—one of the best ever running backs—to the Minnesota Vikings for five mediocre players. Nobody could understand why the Cowboys made the trade. The Cowboys’ new coach, Jimmy Johnson, was in […]

What Do Rich People Buy?

J.J. Watt is the defensive end for the Houston Texans football team who recently signed a six-year, $100-million dollar contract, making him the highest-paid defensive player in history. When a reporter asked him what he did after he signed the huge contract, Watt responded by telling a funny story: “I googled ‘What do rich people […]

Learning to Slide

Robert Griffin III, oft-running quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is in his third NFL season and still regularly takes big hits from defenders when he runs. Other quarterbacks are more likely to slide, but Griffin tends to stay upright and get pummeled. His coach, Jay Gruden, has been concerned with Griffin’s failure to “get down,” […]

Walmart Hide and Seek

I used to dream of playing hide and seek in a huge store such as Walmart after all its employees went home, but I never wanted to hide in Walmart indefinitely. Last month, a 14-year-old boy did attempt to hide out in Walmart in Corsicana, Texas, and succeeded for a remarkably long time. CNN reports […]

A Free Agent

As I am writing this, LeBron James, currently the greatest basketball player in the world, has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, and is a free agent.1 This means that LeBron may sign a contract with any NBA team he wishes. Perhaps this will be the team who can afford to pay […]

March Madness: A Fundamental Lesson

I haven’t watched much college basketball this season (I’m more interested in the NBA). When I tuned in for March Madness last week, one aspect of the college game jarred me. Often the shooters do not get set—balanced evenly on their feet—before shooting. They are fading away from the basket, leaning to the left, leaning […]

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