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A New Beginning

I love the start of a new baseball season. Every team starts fresh, every team and player has a blank sheet that they will fill with statistics, achievements, wins and losses over the course of the next 162 games. It’s a new beginning, full of promise and hope.

Beginnings are like that. They carry with them a deep sense of…

Hard Times

In the end of this year, we have been reminded of the human frailty of some of the biggest names in sports. It is painful to watch a person’s life being systematically shredded and exposed before the gawking eyes of a voyeuristic world. In the midst of wrongdoing, disruption of family, and, in some cases, even death, we witness in our…

God’s Greatest Gift

How many times have we heard an athlete referred to as a natural born player—a natural born golfer (Jordan Spieth), or outfielder (Roberto Clemente), or middle linebacker (Mike Singletary)? Everything in their makeup—mentally and physically—seems to point to them having been born with purpose—to excel in that specific area of sport to which they were “born.”

I have often wondered…

Life and Loss

Sports is rooted in the concept of winning and losing, and, although victories generally take one form (a W in the victory column), loss can come in many shapes and sizes. You can lose a point or lose a game or lose a match or lose a tournament. You can lose a player to injuries or to free agency, and…

When Your Faith Is Tested

In sports, there are all kinds of things that test you. You can be tested by the intellectual challenge of a game that requires a significant amount of memorization and study (like football). You can be tested physically by just the wear and tear of a sport that has an extraordinarily long season (like baseball), and you can be tested…

For God So Loved - Marriage

While marriage comes with both joy and fulfillment, it also requires great sacrifice. This week we'll discuss how the sacrificial spirit required in sports translates to our marriage relationships. We're addressing the real issues in sports and life this weekend on Sport.Org.

Giving Thanks

This is Thanksgiving weekend, and it is one of my favorite times in the year. I enjoy the food (of course) and the football (even if I nap through the Lions game), and I enjoy just having some time to reflect on the blessings of God. Psalm 136:1 says:

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His…

How We View Competition

What does competitiveness look like? The intensity of an NFL linebacker? The confidence of a pro golfer on Sunday? The swagger of a world-class athlete who is facing down the competition? To get to the highest levels of sport, you must be intensely competitive—but there is a serious need to keep a clear perspective on our games.

The danger comes…

To Play or Not to Play

One day, every professional athlete will have to decide when it’s time to end their career. It’s never an easy choice. On Sport.Org Radio, we’ll hear how former NFL offensive lineman Jon Kolb and former major-league umpire Scott Grinder made the choice “To Play or Not to Play.”   Today on Sport.Org Radio.

Expressing Ourselves

I recently saw a report on ESPN that showed what a dangerous combination fantasy football and social media have inadvertently formed. In the report, there were two emphases—the intrusion of gambling into fantasy sports and the angry use of social media that targets athletes who don’t live up to the points projections that fantasy players are striving for. Angry tweets,…