Airing It Out: Love Through Life

When I was a child, my mom would take me and my brother to youth baseball and football practices at the nearby elementary school. She took care of us, joyfully, because we were her young children, but it was also laborious, because it required doing something else after a long day of work. I’m sure she would rather have rested, or done something different, but she knew we enjoyed it, and she liked things that we liked...

Airing it out: Memory Lane and Life’s Lessons

What would you do if you had the ability and power to share your faith without consequence? Would you respect non-believers or believers of other faiths by not sharing Christ with them, or would you respect God by telling them how Christ had freely offered to take our place and rescue us from hell?

Airing It Out: Which way does the ball bounce?

What would you do if you had the ability and power to share your faith without consequence? Would you respect non-believers or believers of other faiths by not sharing Christ with them, or would you respect God by telling them how Christ had freely offered to take our place and rescue us from hell?

Airing It Out: The Truce Match

Six years before the world’s first intercontinental soccer tournament and 16 years before the first World Cup, an international soccer game was played on Christmas Day, 1914...

Airing It Out: Surprisingly Good

"Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” I Thessalonians 5:15 Two stories that remind me that good still exists in today’s all-about-me and win-at-all-costs athletic culture come from a little-known college and one of the most unlikely NFL teams...

Airing It Out: Life lived out

Imagine if we were encouraged every day. Or taken care of every day. Or loved, celebrated, or even supported in our endeavors— every day. Imagine. How would...

Retaliation in MLB must stop

Pittsburgh Pirates star and reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch on Aug. 2. Ordinarily, that might not even have been a note in the game story the following day. But it involved what baseball calls a “retaliatory” pitch and, the most important aspect of this situation...

God’s Soft Spot

You may have heard the recent story of Antoine Turner, the Boise State recruit who was homeless and who Boise State had to ask the NCAA permission to help with living accommodations.Two things struck me about this case, besides the obvious of having to ask permission to do the only humanly decent and logical thing for a person...

Airing It Out — Merciful messengers

Manhattan College men’s basketball coach Steve Masiello had just led the program to the most wins in 10 years, and the Jaspers ended the season by nearly beating defending national champion Louisville in a much talked-about first round NCAA tournament game. That success earned Masiello praise on the national level and also an interview and job offer from the University of South Florida to take over that program. He took the job and everything seemed perfect...

Airing It Out — Humility, we need more of it

Richard Sherman’s post-game rant after the NFC Championship game has been a lesson in believability, apologies that carry no weight and a reminder that humility is difficult, but that it’s what God says He desires. He reminds us of this in Matthew 23:12 and tells us what will happen if we don’t, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted...”

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...

Airing It Out — Why the NFL matters

Sports are popular in America. How popular? Of the top 50-most watched television programs in America in 2013, 45 were sporting events. Of those top 50 programs, the top 26, and 42 of the top 50, were NFL games. The rest of the top 50 were the BCS National Championship Game (No. 27), NBA Finals Game 7 (No. 29), NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game (No. 39) and five episodes of NCIS (ranking anywhere from No. 40 to No. 50)...

Airing It Out — From Africa with love and encouragement

As I spoke to LPGA legend and World Golf Hall of Famer Betsy King recently, I was encouraged. I was encouraged by what she’s doing in Africa to help the people spiritually and physically through her organization, Golf Fore Africa, and through a partnership with World Vision. But I was even more encouraged that 30 years after she was featured in the first issue of Sports Spectrum (then known as Sports Focus), she is still walking with Christ...

Airing It Out — Let your actions speak

Johnny Manziel, you don’t have to point fingers and brag. You’re good enough, I promise. You don’t have to prove it to a defender or remind them how good you are by yelling and pointing at them after running and passing the ball over them into the end zone...

Airing It Out — Sharing our hope

(Originally published in Sports Spectrum's April 2013 DigiMag) We heard the same sermon twice on the Wednesday night we went to West Monroe, La.—and both were unexpected. We had just finished our interview with Miss Kay, Al, Willie and Phil Robertson, cast from the popular TV show, Duck Dynasty. It was interesting listening to Phil talk about sex and relationships, Willie talk about his early days when he and his wife, Korie...

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