• Third issue of the summer NOW AVAILABLE


    Our third issue of the summer is now available for online viewing. Log in HERE to view. We release two digital issues between each print issue, totaling 12 issues a year and three issues per season. To receive 12 issues of Sports Spectrum magazine, subscribe HERE.

    This issue includes exclusive feature stories on Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin and his unorthodox journey to Major League Soccer, and Baylor University head football coach Art Briles and his journey of God-discovery in the midst of tragedy and despair. Our closeups include 30-year anniversary stories on former LPGA star Betsy King and former NFL player Rosey Grier. In our editorials, columnists Brett Honeycutt, Stephen Copeland and Bryce Johnson address a variety of issues.

  • From The Depths


    With his record-setting, high-octane offense, his waves of points, yards and victories, Baylor head football coach Art Briles has taken his once-woeful, now wow-inspiring team to heights even the most optimistic Bears fans never thought possible.

    He changed the attitude from consistent loser to Big 12 Conference champions complete with a sparkling, new multi-million dollar stadium, tens of millions of dollars of revenue for the school and the rightful expectations that Baylor can continue as a faith-based, private school powerhouse for years to come…

  • Devotional of the Week: To Glorify and Enjoy

    Devotion of the Week

    Before one of my team’s golf matches against a big, public school in Charlotte, I gave each one of my players a notecard that read: “’The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ Westminster Catechism, 1646”.

    I’m not sure if it meant anything to them. One of my players just said, “Whoa, that’s older than my dad…”

  • Video of the Week: Truth saves NFL player Jason Avant from gang life (by CBN Sports)

    Video of the Week

  • NFL RedZone’s Scott Hanson talks about faith, football and broadcasting

    Unpackin' It

    Each week, Bryce Johnson interviews intriguing guests on his syndicated faith and sports radio show UNPACKIN’ it. We highlight a portion of that interview for your enjoyment in our magazine. This issue, Bryce is joined by Scott Hanson, host of NFL RedZone and NFL Network host, who talks passionately about his faith and serving others, and not putting an exciting career first in his life. You can listen to the full interview HERE

  • Switchfoot’s ‘Joy of the Journey’


    You look the most hipster out of all of us with that bike,” Switchfoot lead singer Jon Foreman laughs.

    I look back over my shoulder at Foreman behind me. “I don’t know about that,” I laugh, as I coast down a hill on a yellow, rusted fixie they’ve lent me from their tour bus. The paint is peeling, and the bike appears to be more silver than yellow. The bike is wobbly and the front brakes are practically non-existent…

  • Going Long

    From The Archives

    Socks — (according to Webster’s dictionary) a woven covering for the feet.
    Socks — (according to Seattle Seahawks opponents) something you don’t want to be faked out of when you’re attempting to cover Steve Largent.

    Put Steve Largent in a footrace with other wide receivers like Olympic sprinter Ron Brown of the Los Angeles Rams and Willia Gault of the Chicago Bears, and Largent’s speed makes him look like a Volkswagen among Ferraris…

    Click HERE to read the remainder of this “From the Archives” story on Steve Largent from an issue in 1987 when Sports Spectrum was called Second Look. This year, Sports Spectrum is celebrating 30 years of covering faith and sports.

  • A Humbled Spirit

    Devotion of the Week

    I love baseball. I’m sure it’s because I grew up watching the game in minor-league ballparks as a child and also because my dad would tell me stories about old-time players. He saw Hall of Famer Ted Williams play and even saw Hall-of-Fame knuckleball reliever Hoyt Wilhelm play in the minor leagues.

    One thing that always amazes about the game is how a player can rebound after a setback…

  • Mark Melancon – Beyond the Ultimate (by Athletes In Action)

    Video of the Week

  • Retaliation in MLB must stop

    Airing it Out

    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…

  • Because It’s Better

    Devotion of the Week

    Former college basketball coach Bob Knight, one of my favorite coaches of all time, is known for his aggressive style of coaching and intimidation techniques he would use on his players. He would oftentimes kick his players out of practice if they were not living up to his demands…

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