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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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....

The problem with pedestals

We make super heroes out of regular people. And that’s a shame. Why? Because those super heroes just want to be regular people like you and me...

Around the Net: Top-10 NBA Draft pick fueled by prayer

As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the New Orleans Pelicans first pick in the draft — the sixth overall selection— Buddy Hield rose from his seat. But before he met Silver on stage, he...

From the Archives: Multiply

With all that the NBA has to offer for young potential basketball stars, many college athletes choose to cut their careers short to enter the NBA Draft. Tonight, with the 2016 NBA Draft getting underway, will be no exception...

Devotional of the Week: Powerful Display

Have you experienced this kind of power? Have you accepted by faith that Jesus, who paid the penalty for your sin, can grant you forgiveness and eternal life?

Video of the Week: Former MLB All-Star is Christian first, athlete second

"A Christian playing baseball for the Minnesota Twins on the side." That's what the Twitter bio of 2015 MLB All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier reads. Although he may be more widely known for his work at...

Five things to learn in defeat

In the Christian sports world, a common topic is "giving glory to God" and sharing the glory of victory with our Creator — the One who gave us the ability to compete. But what...

Warriors and Cavs share pre-game prayer before NBA Finals

Before the ball was even tipped in Oakland for Game 1, however, something bigger was happening between the two teams...

From the Archives: Breaking Free

Back in 2011, before Simpson had earned any victories on the PGA Tour, he was caught in a trap. Not a literal sand trap, but a metaphorical, mental trap. He was taking a somewhat passive approach in his golf game — using his faith in God as an excuse...

Video of the Week: Kevin Streelman discusses God’s peace in first PGA win

After an unfortunate start to the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship, PGA Tour golfer Kevin Streelman found himself at 2-over and in danger of getting cut after the second day of the tournament — but he began to climb back...