Top 10 Christian Athletes to Watch in 2014

1. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: Leading the Eagles to the playoffs as a first-year starter earned Foles, then 23, respect around the NFL. 2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: In his fourth year in the league, the 25-year-old set the NBA record for three-pointers made with 272. 3. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: Two National League Cy Young Awards made fans think of legendary Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax. Kershaw, 25, was humbled to be mentioned in the same sentence. 4. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates: Winning the National League MVP would be enough, but McCutchen, 27, also helped the Pirates end a 21-year losing streak and playoff drought. 5. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: Straightening out his swing helped the 27-year-old slugger lead Major League Baseball in home runs (53) and RBIs (138). 6. Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx: After the 24-year-old led her team to a second WNBA title in three years, Read More

Top 10 Christian Stories of 2013

1. New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera’s retirement: With his head buried in Andy Pettitte’s shoulder, Mariano Rivera cried. It was his last home game at Yankee Stadium. The gratitude and emotions of the fans were what made Rivera’s retirement from baseball so special in each city he visited, culminating in his final home game at Yankee Stadium when longtime teammates Pettitte and Derek Jeter came to the mound to take him out of the game. The crowd applauded, chanted Rivera’s name and he came out for a curtain call—a great way to end a career that spanned 19 years and saw him earn a record 652 saves, make 14 All-Star Games and win five World Series. Click here to watch Mariano Rivera’s last home game at the Yankee Stadium.  2. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh winning the Super Bowl: The Baltimore Ravens rushed out to a 28-6 lead in Read More

The Mind of McCutchen

Since being awarded the National League MVP in November, Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen gets the questions all the time.

What’s the key to success?

How did you get the MVP?

What makes you so calm and confident? Continue reading

From the Archives — “I’m Not Done”

Because of who he is—the NFL’s MVP and single-season record holder for touchdowns—wide-eyed kids excitedly surround him as he arrives, anxious to peer into their hero’s face.

And because of who he once was—a kid, a hero worshiper like the ones that encircle him—Shaun Alexander appreciates the power of the moment. He signs autographs, slaps high fives, and poses for cellphone photos, smiling for each click. He doesn’t deny a request.

Alexander, the Seattle Seahawks’ running back with the knack for scoring touchdowns, is touring the old YMCA in his hometown of Florence, Kentucky, the building he bought last year for $1.8 million…

Read the remainder of Shaun Alexander’s story from our September/October 2006 issue hereContinue reading

Devotional of the Week — Treasuring What Matters

Winter Olympics great Eric Heiden was very practical in his view of gold medals. In essence, they’re nice to look at, but not very useful.

“I’d rather get a nice warmup suit. That’s something I can use. Gold medals just sit there. When I get old, maybe I could sell them if I need the money,” said Heiden, winner of five gold medals at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

He understood the triviality of the medals, which are much like the trivial nature of wealth or stockpiling things because we just have to have them. When it came down to it, Heiden needed equipment to train more than he needed the medals. And when it comes down to worldly things compared to spiritual things, we should see the disparity between the two and store up treasures in heaven. As Matthew 6 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…” Continue reading

Another Angle — Deeper peace, more and more

Keep going,” my editor said.

“Okay,” I replied, as I veered from turning onto the street where the Sports Spectrum offices are located.

We needed to get away. It was deadline week at Sports Spectrum, which means sleepless nights, burning eyes, and a terribly strange aroma in my office that smells like Panera coffee and Little Caesars pizza. During these weeks, my editor and I often find it helpful to get out of the office and drive around… Continue reading

From the Archives — Spirit of St. Louis

In one magical season that reads like an Oscar-winning movie script, Kurt Warner went from NFL quarterback wannabe–just two years ago he was a third-stringer who played in one game–to league and Super Bowl MVP. “He’s a book, he’s a movie, this guy,” said St. Louis Rams former head coach Dick Vermeil after Warner led the Rams to their dramatic 23-16 victory in Super Bowl XXXIV by throwing for a record 414 yards.

Well, the book’s already out. It’s Warner’s autobiography, accurately titled All Things Possible. The movie? There’s nothing in the works–yet–but if you take Rudy, Rock, and Field of Dreams, and roll them all into one, you’ll get the idea what Kurt Warner: The Movie would be about.

Read the rest of our feature on Kurt Warner from our November/December 2000 issue by clicking hereContinue reading

Devotional of the Week — Unfathomable Grace

There were times in my athletic career that I made “working” an idol. If I wasn’t No. 1 on the team, or if I wasn’t on the varsity team, I would work harder…and harder…and harder. Somewhere, in the depths of my mind, was the thought that if I kept working, I would one day be rewarded for all I have done.

I think I did this with my spiritual life for some time, too. Actually, I think we all do… Continue reading

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