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Winter 2016 print magazine now available for online viewing

Log in HERE to view Sports Spectrum's Winter 2016 print magazine, our first magazine of this winter. This special extended issue includes feature stories on Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater, University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, Bubba Watson's caddy Ted Scott, PGA Tour players Cameron Tringale and Chesson Hadley, University of Washington forward Katie Collier, and the family of late Hall of Famer Reggie White...

Protected: In the Huddle: Bind the Strong Man

This year in the Bengals’ chapel we’ve been looking at 125 questions that Jesus asked in the New Testament. One of them was, “How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off...

Protected: Featured: Living Water to Haiti

Located in the center of the Caribbean is the beautiful island of Haiti. In the entire western hemisphere there may not be another nation that has experienced as much calamity. From cannibalism to the...

Protected: Unpackin’ It: NFL network analyst Daniel Jeremiah discussing sharing his faith

Bryce Johnson is the host of the nationally syndicated faith-based sports radio show, UNPACKIN’ it, where he interviews intriguing people from the sports and entertainment world about sports, faith and life. This is an...

Protected: Featured: This City Came Together

On August 12th, 2016, rain began to fall on Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There was nothing unusual about it at first. But before long the situation took on a much more ominous look. “I remember the...

Protected: MLB Closeup: Cody Allen

Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen has relied on his faith to keep him grounded and handle the failures that pro athletes face.

Protected: MLB Closeup: Yan Gomes

Despite injuries and demotions, Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes has remained positive because he sees the big picture.

Protected: MLB Closeup: Chris Coghlan

Chris Coghlan went from the bottom to the top of the world, but his ascension to the top happened before he helped the Cubs win the World Series.

Protected: MLB Closeup: Ben Zobrist

World Series MVP Ben Zobrist didn’t start his career in an electrifying way, but the 11-year veteran’s last few years have been one for the record books.

Protected: The Bartman Affect

The Chicago Cubs are World Series champs after more than 100 years of frustration. It’s a joyous time in the Windy City, and in baseball, as well. With the World Series victory came many sentimental stories...

Around the Net: U.S. swimmer gives ‘all glory to God’ in historic win

Sometimes something as small as a touch of an underwater wall can send significant ripples into multiple areas of life. This is the case of Simone Manuel — Olympic swimmer for the United States. Last Thursday, on...

From the Archives: Allyson Felix

As U.S. Olympian and track and field sprinter Allyson Felix prepares for her several competitions in Rio de Janeiro this weekend and into next week, she may think back to her disappointment eight years ago in Beijing...
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Video of the Week: Former Olympian Shawn Johnson reflects on identity (I Am Second)

Entering the 2008 Beijing Olympics, U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson — much like Simone Biles this year — was the favorite to win four gold medals for Team USA. The newspapers said it, the fans expected it and Johnson told herself that she needed it. She quickly became defined by her sport and performance...

Devotional of the Week: God’s Power in Us

The sooner we realize that true power doesn’t come from ourselves but from God, the sooner God’s true power will be shown through us...

Faith in God fuels U.S. women’s gymnastics in Rio

Beyond shared athletic interests and abilities, three of the women on the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team — Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez — also share something deeper...

Track-and-Field Closeup: Felicia Brown

For most athletes who ascend to the top of their sport, it would be easy for them to assume their purpose on Earth was to be the best at that particular discipline. Felicia Brown isn’t like most athletes, though...
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Around the Net: Olympic diving duo directs praise back to Christ

For two of the best divers in the world — David Boudia and Steele Johnson — winning the gold won't be their top priority in Rio de Janeiro.

Around the Net: Liberty University Truck Series driver sets new rookie record

If Camping World Truck Series driver William Byron doesn't slow down soon, his number of race wins may surpass his age.

From the Archives: In the Clear

Life for professional baseball players isn't as easy as it may seem — especially for those with families at home. Astros pitcher Collin McHugh is no stranger to this truth.
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Video of the Week: Pro Bowl WR finds clarity through Christ (The Increase Stories)

On a flight from Denver to Atlanta, Brandon Marshall, now-wide receiver for the New York Jets, pulled out his Bible and began to read. Seeing this, the lady seated next to Marshall questioned him about his Christian faith. She noticed hesitation in his voice and responded with one simple piece of advice: "Pray for clarity."

Devotional of the Week: Through Christ Who Strengthens Me

“I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13

Around the Net: Two NBA brothers host faith-based basketball camp

Jrue and Justin Holiday may be on opposite teams from October through April (the New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks, respectively), but in the offseason, that is certainly not the case for these brothers.

Unpackin’ It: ESPN’s Darren Haynes discussing the influence of his faith

God didn’t bless me to be a good preacher, but He knows that I love music and that I gave up secular music. When I spread the Word, I feel my purpose is to get people to listen to good gospel artists...

Around the Net: The complexity of Christian sports fandom

Even Christian athletes like Stephen Curry, who most hold to an almost impossible standard, are sinful human beings — capable of missteps and aberrations. Yet, this concept seems to be quickly forgotten among Christian sports fans.
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Video of the Week: MLB All-Star is “light in the outfield” for Christ

Back in 2009, in his second season with the New York Mets, Daniel Murphy sat down with CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) to discuss his journey of faith in Jesus Christ and how God has impacted his career as an MLB outfielder.

Devotional of the Week: Never Changing

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Participation trophies lead to rude awakening

For those of us who played sports growing up, I think that one of the factors is that we attach trophies to the idea of competition. If everyone gets a trophy, it seems to downplay the value of competition...

Man with a Mission: Royals’ Ian Kennedy rediscovers commitment to Jesus

As the former ace of the San Diego Padres, Ian Kennedy was used to posting success with his deceptive four-seam fastball.
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Video of the Week: Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen surrenders baseball to God

In the video, Andrew McCutchen talks about how through that experience, and the rest of his MLB career, he learned to surrender his baseball career to God.

Devotional of the Week: The Potter and His Tools

“Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done?’ declares the Lord. ‘Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.’” Jeremiah 18:5-6

Around the Net: Tim Tebow leads prayer amid medical emergency

Amid a sad and unfortunate situation, strangers supported one another through prayer and encouragement. While on a flight from Atlanta to Phoenix, an older man collapsed inside of the plane due to an apparent heart attack....