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 […]

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 […]

Batman and Your Enemies

I enjoy studying about philosophy and about super heroes, and so I bought an appropriate book. It’s Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul, part of Blackwell’s “Philosophy and Pop Culture Series.”1 It explains how one can understand various aspects of Batman’s life and actions in light of philosophical theories. One of the […]

What’s Wrong?

In articles about ethics, I will sometimes discuss what makes actions right or wrong. There is something deceptive about the word “wrong” because of our everyday usage of the word. Hearts stop beating regularly (in hospitals, for instance) without any moral wrong having been committed. Yet when a heart stops beating we might say that […]

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