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Fear and Trust

Opinions were strongly divided last week when a young NFL player suddenly announced his retirement from pro football—citing concerns for the game’s possible impact on his long term health. Some responded by applauding him for his self-aware decision and others accused him of being a quitter, but most recognized that it was a personal decision that had to have been extremely…

Walking by Faith

When the Cleveland Browns opened their 2014 NFL season, they did so with a new head coach—Mike Pettine. In fact, they started this campaign with their third new head coach in the last three years. While that kind of instability can produce plenty of uncertainty and a sense of organizational disorientation, it also forces the players into a very difficult…

Testing Our Faith

The life of an athlete is a life of almost continual testing. At every level of competition, regardless of the sport, an athlete’s conditioning and mental toughness is tested, both on the practice field and in the game. The pro athlete’s position on a squad is tested by the never-ending stream of free agents and draft choices who, by definition,…

Defending Your Faith Podcast

The Bible calls us to always be ready to explain the hope we have in Christ. But how do we properly prepare for defending our faith? We’ll get some answers on Sports Spectrum, as we visit with Charleston Southern offensive coordinator, Gabe Giardina, and Arizona Cardinals broadcaster, Dave Pasch. Be sure to join us for this edition of Sports Spectrum.

Heading North, Getting Serious

This week, spring training wraps up in Florida and Arizona, and all of the teams (except the Miami Marlins) will head north for the real business of baseball to begin. As the rest of the major league squads join the Dodgers and Diamondbacks (who started the new season with early games in Australia) in regular season play, every pitch counts.…

It Ain’t Over

Yankee great Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Everyone who watched Saturday night’s Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn would have to agree. It was more than a match-up of in-state rivals, it was also a battle between the #1 and #4 teams in the nation with the chance at the BCS national championship on the…

Rise And Fall

It has not exactly been the season the Atlanta Falcons had hoped for. For years a middle-of-the-pack to poor team, the last few years have seen the Falcons rise to a level of one of the NFC’s elite. Now, with their loss last Thursday night to their rival New Orleans Saints, Atlanta has dropped to 2-9 on the season and…

Lots of Questions

With the long marathon season behind them, the best of Major League Baseball’s teams enter the postseason for what is usually the most exciting baseball of the year. The rest of MLB’s squads go home to consider what went wrong and what needs to be fixed for next year to be better. As the playoffs begin, many questions will be…

The Testing of Our Faith

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In sports, all kinds of tests await you. You can be tested mentally by the challenge of a game that requires significant study (like football); physically by the wear and tear of a long season (like baseball); or emotionally by disappointment in your performance, the performance of teammates, or the attitudes of fans. This emotional testing is especially acute this…

Day of Redemption

When A. J. Allmendinger won the NASCAR Nationwide series race at Road America outside Milwaukee last Saturday, it was not your ordinary, garden-variety, checkered-flag celebration. Why? Last year, Allmendinger, then a NASCAR Cup series regular, was found in violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy and was suspended, losing his ride with Roger Penske’s race team. ’Dinger went through NASCAR’s treatment/recovery…