From the Archives: Charles In Charge

"(My grandfather's death) altered my thoughts on life. I always had a knowledge of Christ, but my faith didn't come alive until that point; I said a prayer that day asking Christ to come into my life..."

In The News: U. S. Women’s Soccer Team

Leading up to the women’s World Cup title game between the United States and Japan, the experts had fans believing the U.S. was struggling...
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Video of the Week: Lauren Holiday allows joy to shine through soccer (by FCA)

U.S. women's national team member Lauren Holiday sits down with FCA to talk about her faith, playing on the game's biggest stage, and being a role model for young women. For more visit www.FCA.org...

Devotional of the Week: A Good Choice vs. A Wise Decision

Every basketball player can tell you of a time that a coach has preached about the opportunity to pass on a good shot for a great shot. For example, if a player on the wing has a chance to shoot but has a defender contesting the shot, the result may be that he makes the basket, which could be considered a good choice. However, the better decision would have been to make the extra pass to an open teammate who would have a higher percentage of making the shot. This would be considered a wise decision...

From the Archives: Full Cup

"It's easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the moment or get lost in the darkness of a trial, but because God has so demonstrated His grace and power to me, I hold steady to what is most important and crucial in my life: My relationship with God and the privilege of being His kid." -- Michelle Akers, FIFA's Female Player of the 20th Century, and 2-time World Cup winner CLICK HERE to read Michelle Akers' story from Sports Spectrum's September 1999 issue...

Another Angle: The Opry Stage and Honky-Tonks

Genuine joy and passion can shine most brightly through the simplest things and most ordinary actions. I began thinking about this whenever I was in Nashville at the end of May for the annual K-LOVE Fan Awards with the Sports Spectrum staff, a weekend-long celebration centered on Christian music that incorporates some of the top bands in the industry. The weekend is filled with concerts, activities, and an awards show on Sunday evening at the iconic Grand Ole Opry House...

Catching Breaks

When A.J. Ellis goes to work, he finds himself exactly 60 feet, six inches from the best baseball player in the world today. For the past three seasons Ellis, has been the starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the consistent battery mate for Clayton Kershaw, reigning National League Most Valuable Player and winner of three of the last four Cy Young Awards for best pitcher in his league...

Unpackin’ It: Dru Joyce II talks about coaching journey, LeBron James, new book

Coach Dru Joyce II went from being a salesman to one of America’s most successful high school basketball coaches and mentor to hundreds of young men, including LeBron James. As head coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Ohio, he has won a national championship, three state championships, and been named the National Coach of the Year. He has written a new book, Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning at Life, with a foreword by LeBron James...

Devotional of the Week: Words to Say

On May 1, it was announced that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry would be the recipient of the 2014-15 NBA MVP Award. That evening, Curry delivered a humble, gracious, 50-minute acceptance speech at the Oakland Convention Center. The speech reflected his interview with Sports Spectrum in 2013 when he said...
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Video of the Week: Benjamin Watson talks about faith, culture and winning the 2015...

Sports Spectrum talks to 2015 K-LOVE Sports Impact Award winner Benjamin Watson on the red carpet at the K-LOVE Fan Awards in Nashville, Tenn....

Summer 2015 print issue NOW AVAILABLE

Log in HERE to view Sports Spectrum's Summer 2015 print issue before it arrives in your mailbox. To receive eight issues of Sports Spectrum magazine a year, subscribe HERE. This issue includes feature stories on Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, newly signed N.Y. Jets quarterback Bryce Petty, and former MLB player Bernie Carbo. Also included is Sports Spectrum's usual 13-week devotional book, the Training Table, and a special eight-page section with tons of video content from the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards...

Devotional of the Week: Unbelievable Underdogs

The ending of the NFC Championship on Jan. 18, 2015, between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks was, in Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s own word, “Unbelievable!” Seattle was down 19-7 with more than five minutes in regulation. The Packers had just intercepted a pass. They had the ball around midfield. It looked hopeless that this would end well for the Seahawks...

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...

From the Archives: The Mark of a Champion

With the Cleveland Cavaliers advancing to the NBA Finals, here is an archived story on Mark Price (who spent the first nine years of his career with the Cavs) from our January/February 1993 issue...

Weekend With Bernie

I’m up to bat now and Carbo is pitching. Like Babe Ruth, I make a big show of pointing to the centerfield wall, calling my shot. “Be on time for camp tomorrow, Jimmy,” Carbo admonishes from the mound...

Bearing Down

Former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty entered the 2014 season as the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, leader of the highly ranked Bears football team, on the Heisman watch list and the finalist for many prestigious individual awards...

Texas-Sized Growth

James Barton’s college baseball career is proof God is always working in our lives, whether it’s the way we envisioned or not. An all-state and all-central Texas first team catcher born and raised in Austin,...
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Video of the Week: Browns WR reflects on his faith-filled journey (by the Liberty...

No one thought that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins had the height to excel in the NFL. But his God-given abilities combined with his work ethic proved to be vastly more important than his size. Hawkins opens up to the Liberty Flames Sports Network about the unlikely journey that he says God has authored in his life...

Devotional of the Week: Third is the New First

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” is a popular motto in the sports world. But what if God’s motto for winning meant that you had to come in last place?

From the Archives: The Year That Changed Him

On Monday, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was named the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the first in the Warriors' West Coast Era to win the award and the first since Wilt Chamberlain earned the honor (1959-60) during his rookie season with the Philadelphia Warriors. Click HERE to read Sports Spectrum's 2013 feature on Stephen Curry, titled "The Year That Changed Him..."

Athlete Blog: The Freedom in Apologizing

“I am sorry. “ “I really messed up and was a jerk.” “I screwed up...”

In the news closeup: Manny Pacquiao

The fight that seemed destined to never happen, is now scheduled to take place: Manny Pacquiao will fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 2 in what experts are saying will be the richest purse in boxing history. The two are legendary in the ring...

Video of the Week: Average Joe | Joe Girardi (By Game Plan For Life)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi opens up to Game Plan For Life about the journey God has taken him on as a player and manager for Major League Baseball's most legendary organization. Says Girardi in the video, "I was afraid that I would never get an opportunity (at managing a team)...God had his hand in it all." Click HERE to watch more videos and testimonies from Game Plan For Life...

Devotional of the Week: Running to Win

Jim Ryun, one of the most famous distance runners in American history, once came home after a race and, responding to a question from his mom who asked how he did, said, “Not good.” He went on to say that he was disappointed he hadn’t won...

From the Archives — The Little Guard That Could

Reading the children's classic The Little Engine That Could might be the easiest way to understand what Avery Johnson has gone through to make it in the NBA. Like the little blue engine from Watty Piper's story, Johnson is an inspiration. Like the little blue engine, Johnson is much smaller than his counterparts. Like the little blue engine, Johnson has had to persevere. And like the little blue engine, Johnson's goal is to climb a mountain. I think I can - I think I can - I think I can - I think I can. Click here to read the rest of our story on Avery Johnson from our November 1993 issue...

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?

In The Clear

Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh and his wife’s three-bedroom, three-bathroom house in the East Atlanta Village is more than a home. It’s a symbol...

Video of the Week: I am Second® – Ryan Ries

All Ryan could remember was waking up the next morning to his friends saying, "Dude we thought you were dead last night." The drugs, the parties, the girls and sleepless nights followed Ryan from highschool into his skateboarding career. But that one night his life began to change...

Devotional of the Week: Are You a Competitive Christian?

No professional golfer in history has faced greater challenges than did the great Ben Hogan. Hogan, known for his buttery swing, nearly died in 1949 at age 36 when he and his wife were in a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus. Hogan suffered multiple fractures and life-threatening blood clots. He was in the hospital 59 days and told he could possibly never walk again. Never playing golf again was a foregone conclusion. But the "experts" underestimated Hogan's love of the game and his tenacious competitive spirit. Months later he won the U.S. Open...

Unpackin’ It: Tim Shaw shares faith journey in battle with ALS

Tim Shaw joins us on UNPACKIN’ it to talk faith, football and business. Shaw, former NFL linebacker and key special teams player for seven seasons, candidly shares his inspiring faith journey as he bravely battles ALS. Click HERE to listen to the entire interview.