I know a basketball agent who went to the NBA All-Star game last year in Orlando. He was networking with some guys, hanging around after the game, and took a look around at his surroundings.
He noticed a number of women hanging around after the game—a lot of women—and not just any women, women who wanted something. High heels. Short skirts. Tight shirts. Makeup-coated faces, like apples dipped in caramel… Continue reading
5:00 a.m. – Grab a snack, do devotions, leave for practice. 6:00 a.m. – Morning practice.* 7:30 a.m. – Eat breakfast. 8:00 a.m. – Make it to class. 9:10 a.m. – Chapel (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Class and study. 4:00 p.m. – Afternoon practice.* 5:00 p.m. – End practice/stretch. 6:00 p.m. – Eat dinner. 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Do homework. 9:00 p.m. – Go to bed. *70-105 miles a week 48 weeks of the year For the average college kid, a weekly schedule like the one listed above is a far cry from being considered “normal”. But, for the above-average Mustang cross country and track athlete John Gilbertson, that is the life he lives, and the life he loves. In fact, to him, that schedule is “normal.” “John Gilbertson is the type of guy who practices excellence in every area of life,” said Read More
Nik Wallenda, who walked across Niagara Falls in 2012, recently became the first person to walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon on a tight rope. Wallenda, who began tight-rope walking when he was 2 years old and trains five to six hours each day, traversed a 2-inch cable that was 1,400 feet across and 1,500 feet above the twisting Little Colorado River on June 23. The historic walk, which took 22 minutes, 54 seconds, and was done without a tether or safety net, was shown live on Discovery Channel and viewed in 217 countries. “I believe God has given me a gift and a talent that can be used to bring glory to His name,” Wallenda told the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association last year. “I don’t go up there unprepared or untrained and say it’s up to God whether I make Read More
“I have a strange question,” I said.
“Okay,” replied Carolina Panther wide receiver Steve Smith, leaning back into the cushions of his living room sofa.
Smith had just finished telling me about his visit to the Dominican Republic the week before, where he led a shoe distribution trip through Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that helps provide shoes to millions around the world who don’t have them. The unique thing about Samaritan’s Feet, I found, is that it takes a hands-on approach to their ministry, washing the feet… Continue reading
With a 5-under 66 in the first round of The Open Championship at Muirfield, Zach Johnson has put himself in early contention to win his second major championship. Read our “From the Archives” story on Johnson after he won his first major in 2007…
For many golf fans, the final round of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, is the high holy day of professional sports. It’s a chance to worship all things green and beautiful in the aptly named Cathedral of Golf.
But for 2007 champion Zach Johnson, his stunning victory on April 8, was a chance to win the most prestigious of golf tournaments, the Masters, while worshiping the true Master…
We are a hyper, oversensitive, society that cares about offending a few as opposed to offending the many.
And we do it in the name of diversity, tolerance, and, in the case of St. Louis Cardinals fan Michael Vines, being neutral on religion (or, in essence, being pro-atheist)… Continue reading
Thanks to your help, Sports Spectrum Global recently produced the first ever Christian sports magazine in Russia. Our friends in Russia are distributing the magazine through our digital platform, social media, street evangelism through trading cards, and through the local church. Twenty years ago, we never would have imagined a gospel-centered magazine being distributed throughout Russia.
We are building other international magazines, as well, including a special World Cup magazine that will be used in Brazil and translated for other countries. We will upload another magazine this month that will be used in Kenya.
Click here to view the Russia issue.
I recently had coffee with the long snapper for the Carolina Panthers, J.J. Jansen.
He was telling me about chapel and how more players attend during losing seasons because they think chapel, or God, will help them win. We started talking about God and prosperity, agreeing that they don’t relate.
I call it “Ray Lewis Theology.” You know, quoting Isaiah 54:17 (“No weapon formed against you shall prosper”) after winning the AFC Championship… Continue reading
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle exudes honesty and transparency and sets a high standard for himself on and off the field.
That’s not lost on his players, who he expects to live up to a high standard, as well.
“Every player is responsible and accountable to represent the name on the front (Pittsburgh) more than on the back,” says Hurdle, who has led the Pirates to two of their best first-half starts since winning the National League East in 1992. “Don’t take that for granted…” Continue reading