Sports for the Glory of God

If God has created humanity with bodies that are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” we need to develop a Christian way of living that incorporates play and recreation, leisure and competition, sports and athletics.

Faith in the Creator and Redeemer should lead us to identify the way sports and athletics are meant to be, discern when something is wrong with sports in our broken and sinful culture, and imagine ways to be instruments of redemption in this sphere.

In this series, "Sports for the Glory of God," we engage with stories of people who are working through these issues on a daily basis.

-Bob Robinson, Content Editor for "Sports for the Glory of God," and David Rupert, Community Posts Editor.

Photo by Gonzalo Andres, sourced via Creative Commons on Flickr. Design by Jennifer Dukes Lee.
 
Mar 29, 2014

Beyond March Madness: The Goodness of Our Physical Lives

I remember talking with a retired pastor about how he was spending his days. He was enjoying a continued ministry life in various volunteer capacities. He was also enjoying playing a lot of golf. I asked him, “What are you looking forward to when you pass on from this life?”...Read more +
Mar 29, 2014

The First Baseball

Summary: Howard Butt, Jr. of Laity Lodge shares another encouraging message, reminding you that your work can affect far more than your bank account balance. The first baseball was invented by the son of a shoemaker as he doodled in class, then built with leather from his father's shop. He...Read more +
Mar 29, 2014

Community Post Summary: Can Sports Have a High Calling?

For a writer, a bracket is that weird symbol { } found somewhere on the keyboard. For a carpenter, a bracket is what holds up a shelf. But for a basketball fan, a bracket is chart full of 64 names that is penciled in every March. The NCAA tournament is...
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Mar 29, 2014

Are We Allowed to Enjoy Sports?

I have very few regrets in life, but my earliest one is from tee-ball. I forgot to bring home the signup sheet to register for the tee-ball season. Somehow, at the tender age of six, I knew that I was called to play baseball. And, very sadly, I had just...Read more +
Mar 29, 2014

Sports Are Fun

Ecclesiastes 8
Like many of you, I greatly enjoy sport. My favorite is baseball. My favorite team, since Junior High School: the reigning World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox. I watch about 100 MLB games a year. I am a fan. There is a difference between idolatry and fandom. And, there...Read more +
Mar 28, 2014

Confessions of a Sports Columnist

Since I've been writing sports (seemingly since the first set shot dropped into a peach basket nailed on a barn wall), I've often been asked to speak on the connection between sports and faith. I get questions like these: "What athletes do you know who have real faith in their...Read more +
Mar 28, 2014

Community Post: The Final Score

When my family and I relocated to Georgia last summer, we decided to order DirecTV for the first time. My husband was interested in the opportunity to watch more major league soccer. He and our 10-year-old son love the sport. I, too, was looking forward to the chance to watch...
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Mar 26, 2014

Community Post: The High Calling of Sports Journalism

As we waited for the lights to dim for a showing of the latest Warren Miller ski film a couple sat down in front of me and my daughter. We started talking and before long Rick and Traci Reuter were sharing a beautiful story. Almost immediately, I sensed this was...
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Mar 26, 2014

Engaging Sports on a Deeper Level

Spring is an exciting time to be a sports fan. Baseball’s opening day is around the corner (not counting the games played last weekend in Australia between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks), the NHL’s regular season is quickly determining playoff positions and of course the NCAA basketball tournaments are prompting nearly...Read more +
Mar 25, 2014

Community Post: The Work of a Sports Photographer

Compared to the runner sweating, struggling to keep up with the others, grimacing as they get to the top of a hill, it looks simple. Through gritted teeth the athlete tops the hill, only to see a photographer sitting comfortably there waiting to capture their pain. Sometimes the photographer is...
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