Devotional of the Week — Are You Ready?

PGA golfer Tiger Woods once said, “Everyone knows what the Masters is, even if you’re a non-golfer. People know what Wimbledon is. They know what the Super Bowl is. There are certain events that people just know about.”

That’s true. Some events are just known, especially the Super Bowl. As Christians we know about certain events that have taken or will be taking place, with one of them being the rapture of believers. However, I think we take it for granted that everyone knows… Continue reading

Airing It Out — Memories etched in stone

I have an odd recollection of names like Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Ted Williams and other baseball greats from the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, even though I was born well after they played the game.

Sure, I remember watching 1970s greats like Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Reggie Jackson, and Nolan Ryan play on TV, where I also saw the Big Red Machine, the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers in those great World Series match ups… Continue reading

NEW MAGAZINE AVAILABLE: Reflecting on 2013, Looking Forward to 2014

Our January 2014 DigiMag is a look back at 2013 and a preparation for 2014. This issue features an exclusive interview and in-depth feature with Sports Spectrum Male Athlete of the Year and National League MVP Andrew McCutchen along with the rest of our lists and awards for 2013. Our columns also touch on a variety of issues. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt writes about what he did to preserve the baseball memories he had with his father in his column “Airing It Out,” and staff writer Stephen Copeland writes about his interview with tight-rope extraordinaire Nik Wallenda and what his 2013 Grand Canyon walk can teach us about life in his column “Another Angle.”

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Devotional of the Week — Valuable Importance

Tony Dungy, in The Jersey Effect, talks about the struggle for athletes once they finish their career. It’s a struggle because, once sports are taken away, they wonder what their purpose in life is. When sports are taken away, they lose meaning in life.

If you’re an athlete, is this true for you? If you’re not an athlete, what is the one thing in this world that you feel gives you meaning and purpose? How would you feel if it was taken away? Continue reading

Sports Spectrum Female Athlete of the Year: Maya Moore

Does Maya Moore do anything but win?

Every step, every stage, that’s all she has done. She won three state titles with Collins Hill High School in Georgia, two national titles in college at the University of Connecticut, and three years into her professional career with the Minnesota Lynx, her winning ways have not changed… Continue reading

Sports Spectrum’s Co-Coach of the Year: Clint Hurdle

Some of the biggest impacts Clint Hurdle had on people this year wasn’t while he was managing the Pittsburgh Pirates to their best season in more than 20 years.  They happened off the baseball diamond in PNC Park, Pittsburgh’s beautiful home field that sits on the Alleghany River and to the left as you come off the famous Roberto Clemente Bridge. After a game on Aug. 1, with Pittsburgh’s skyline peering over his and other player’s shoulders as they sat and stood just off the field, Hurdle shared with fans during Faith Night how he starts every day by reading II Chronicles 16:9, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” He doesn’t just read God’s Word for self-encouragement, he feeds off of that so that he can encourage and impact others—like those fans and people within Read More

Sports Spectrum’s Co-Coach of the Year: John Harbaugh

As the seconds ticked off the clock and the San Francisco 49ers failed to run back a Baltimore Ravens punt for a score, John Harbaugh could finally breathe. His Ravens had won Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31, in front of a packed Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd in New Orleans. The game had been billed as a battle between two brothers, John and Jim Harbaugh. But no storyline ever trumps the biggest game in the U.S. sporting world, no matter who’s involved. What does trump winning the Super Bowl, though, is that John Harbaugh has a faith that means more than winning a game, as trivial or as important as we might think of it or make it. “The biggest thing I’ve learned (this year) faith-wise is that God is in the driver’s seat,” Harbaugh told Sports Spectrum at Super Bowl Media Day in New Orleans. “That is what faith is. It’s the Read More

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