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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...

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....

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?
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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...
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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...

Devotional of the Week: Innocent Boldness

"Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine. Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the LORD be with you.’” I Samuel 17:36-37

What Christians can learn from Kobe and Peyton

his is what makes anyone great at their profession or passion. The artists keep creating, understanding that there will always be something else for them to pour their soul into...

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala credits team’s faith in 2015 NBA title

"We got a team full of believers. We all go to chapel before every game. We all believe and we all say God has a way for you—a purpose for you. This is my purpose..."

Gold Mine: Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt finds Jesus through love of others

Paul Goldschmidt has a reputation for humility almost as large as his renown for terrifying National League pitchers...
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Video of the Week: Seth Curry discusses putting Christ first on the court

When people think of Sacramento Kings guard Seth Curry, they might think of him as No. 2 — second best. Given his older brother, Stephen, is a two-time NBA MVP and a 2015 NBA...

Devotional of the Week: Stronger Than Sin

“I want to be as one with Him. I could not be right with God by what the Law said I must do. I was made right with God by faith in Christ.” Philippians 3:9

Adam LaRoche wins K-Love “Sports Impact” Award

Much has changed in the life of former Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche since the end of the 2015 MLB season — some might say for the worse. LaRoche would say for the better...

Former NBA Champion discusses happiness found in Christ

According to societal standards, Wayne Simien should've been happy. He was one of the best players on the most successful college basketball teams in the country, his path seemed to be leading toward the NBA, he was living his childhood dream. But it was all merely a facade — inside, deep down, Simien was empty and unhappy...

From the Archives: On the Mark

Back in 1999, when Mark Jackson was playing for the Indiana Pacers, he shared his story with Sports Spectrum — discussing how he maintains a healthy spiritual lifestyle despite his busy NBA schedule...

L.A. Rams quarterback talks about depending on Christ (Active Faith)

When Case Keenum, who's entering his fifth year in the NFL, was back with the Houston Texans in 2014, he shared his testimony of faith in Jesus Christ with Active Faith...

Devotional of the Week: ‘Continue in the Grace of God’

The spiritual journey does not end at baptism or after praying a prayer or upon converting—rather, continuing in the grace of God is something we can do forever...

From the Archives: Fire and Ice

Jarome Iginla, who played for the Penguins during the second half of the 2012-13 NFL season, was a member of the Calgary Flames at the time and explained how Jesus' work in his life gave him the incredible happiness that he exudes each day...

Connecticut minister leads first ‘pastor-led’ Indy 500 team

While most pastors stood behind their pulpits on Sunday morning, Rev. Will Marotti was on the racetrack in Speedway, Indiana...