December 1, 2020

Have I Got a Super Church for You!

Why no one has done this before, I don’t know. But it only makes sense as one of the best ways ever to engage the culture of the U.S. for Christ. Last year, the top four television programs in terms of viewership were: (1) the Super Bowl, (2) the Super Bowl (delayed broadcast), (3) the […]

Good Works in the Shadow of the Big Game

One aspect of the Super Bowl that I had not fully realized until it came to our town this year is the emphasis the NFL and the Host Committee puts on partnering together to give practical help to the host city through neighborhood renewal. The following is from a local news story called, “More than […]

Another Look: Choose Joy

Originally posted in February 2010 NOTE FROM CM: On this week of Super Bowl activities here in Indianapolis, we’ve been featuring posts with a sports theme. One sportsperson that impressed me many years ago was Tim Hansel (1941-2009) — not because of his accomplishments, but because of the way he faced his sufferings. This re-post […]

An Inside Look at Sports and Faith

Tom Rust is a friend of mine who loves Jesus and loves sports. Twenty years ago, he found a way to unite his two loves when he became the host of a syndicated radio program called Face to Face. Here is a description of the program from their website: “Face to Face” is a radio […]

The Blessings of Boredom

NOTE FROM CM: Though Damaris’ post is not about sports, it does address our culture of entertainment and “hyperstimulation” in which sports plays a part. As an example, having spent hours in the Super Bowl Village over the weekend, I can safely say it was a sensory extravaganza — all stimulation all the time. What’s […]

Another Look: It’s Holy Week in America

Originally published January, 2010. In this re-posting, I did not change references to the times or events happening at that time. Scot McKnight discussed this over at Jesus Creed as well. I encourage you to check out his perspective and those of his readers. • • • MY SPORTING LIFE I grew up fully immersed […]

Super Bowl Week on Internet Monk

Since it is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have the Super Bowl in the town where I live, I thought we’d give some time to the subject this week, along with reflections on sports in American culture and their relationship to faith and practice. Right now, after spending most of the weekend downtown, I confess […]