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Posted: 12:21 pm on January 28, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

Lance Armstrong’s Downfall: A Spiritual Perspective

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)

“A man’s pride brings him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.” (Proverbs 29:23)

“Before his downfall, a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 18:12)

By now you’ve heard the story: Lance Armstrong, one of Americas greatest athletes of all time, did use performance-enhancing

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tags: Lance Armstrong, sin, humility, pride, Oprah Winfrey, destruction

Posted: 8:19 am on September 18, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post

Leaders Take Responsibility

I’m a big-time fan of the Chicago Bears. In fact, I’m a big-time sports fan. Not only do I find watching and participating in sports activities fun, I often find them instructive for life.

Like this past week.

The Blame-Game Leader

This past Thursday, Da Bears (the Chicago Bears football team) had a horrendous game against their archrivals the Green Bay Packers. In the game, Da Bears’ quarterback, Jay Cutler, threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times.

During the game, Jay

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tags: football, Peyton Manning, Jay Cutler, leadership

Posted: 7:26 pm on February 11, 2012 1 Comment

Jeremy Lin: The Tim Tebow of the NBA

The Twitter hash tag is #Linsanity. 

Short for the phenomenon that is Jeremy Lin. 

Taking the NBA by Storm

Pro basketball player Jeremy Lin was unrecruited out of high school and undrafted out of college. Three weeks ago he was sent to the developmental league (the minor league) of the NBA. 

Three days later he returned as a benchwarmer for the New York Knicks. 

On February 4, he burst upon the national scene when he scored 25 points, with 5 rebounds and 7 assists. In the week since

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tags: NBA, Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, Linsanity, New York Knicks

Posted: 4:36 pm on December 28, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post

LeBron James and Celebrity Pastors

In 2011 there was a lot of talk in the Christian blogosphere about “celebrity pastors” and “mega-star ministry leaders.” I’ve blogged a bit about servant leadership here, herehere, here, and here

I hadn’t thought about it much lately until I read a recent piece in Sports Illustrated by photographer Walter Iooss, Jr. He tells some great war stories about famous athletes. 

Of particular note was his story of doing a photo shoot with LeBron James. 

“I first photographed LeBron James in

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tags: LeBron James, Celebrity Pastors, Servant Leadership

Posted: 8:17 am on January 25, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post

Jay Cutler: I’ve Got Your Back

Why would someone who typically blogs about biblical counseling and Christian living spend an entire blog post writing about Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears? Because God has hard-wired into my DNA two attributes: empathy and a sense of fairness/justice. Those are two traits that make me who I am as a biblical counselor. I feel bad for how Jay Cutler is being maligned. I think it is unfair. So let’s talk about it. 

Full Disclosure: I’m a huge Bears fan. I admit to having been frustrated by

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tags: football, Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie, Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears

Posted: 9:30 am on January 20, 2011 1 Comment

Five Lessons Leaders Can Learn From Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith

I’m a die-hard Chicago Bears fan and have been since 1969 when I was ten years old and the Bears were 1-13. No band-wagon-jumper, I’ve also been a Lovie Smith fan ever since the Bears hired him in 2004. Oft maligned by the media, especially in Chicago, Smith is loved and respected by his players. That, combined with his track record of success at every level of football, both as a player and a coach, leads to today’s post, What Leaders Can Learn from Bears’ Coach Lovie Smith

1. Build a

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tags: NFL, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, leadership, Lovie Smith, NFC Championship

Posted: 10:14 am on December 16, 2010 Be the first to comment on this post

Taylor University Basketball Fans Do ‘Silent Night’ Proud

Next week during Christmas Eve worship many of us will sing “Silent Night,” often reverently with candles in hand at the end of the service.

Basketball fans at Taylor University – a Christian college between Fort Wayne, Ind., and Indianapolis – have a different, non-traditional and, quite frankly, really cool take on the hymn.

To fully appreciate it you just need to watch the YouTube video below.

In a nutshell, Taylor plays a home game the Friday before finals week, The packed gym in

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tags: sports, college basketball, Cameron Crazies, Silent Night, Taylor University, Duke University

Posted: 10:36 am on December 02, 2010 1 Comment

Drew Brees: A Faith-Filled Sportsman Of The Year

Most weeks I look forward to getting my issue of Sports Illustrated in the mail. I’ve had a subscription since I received on as a Christmas gift 30 years ago (if memory serves, I believe Pittsburgh sports legends Willie Stargell and Terry Bradshaw were on the cover; the year both the Pirates and the Steelers won titles in 1979).

This week I was looking forward to it more so than usual, not just because SI was handing out its annual Sportsman of the Year award, but because who the magazine

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tags: sports, NFL, football, New Orleans Saints, Hurricane Katrina, Drew Brees, Sportsman of the Year

Posted: 10:27 am on November 18, 2010 Be the first to comment on this post

Touchdown Jesus

Many years ago, back in the heyday of college, some friends and I traveled to South Bend, Ind., to see the campus of Notre Dame, and hopefully catch a peek of the Fighting Irish's football stadium.  After sweet-talking the groundskeeper, he generously allowed us to run through the hallowed tunnel from the movie “Rudy,” and burst out onto the field. 

Squealing and delighted to have accomplished our covert mission, we pretended to throw footballs and run plays until we caught sight of the

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tags: football, Touchdown Jesus, spiritality. spiritual armour, teamwork, Notre Dame football

Posted: 10:55 am on November 04, 2010 Be the first to comment on this post

Kevin Garnett Said What?

Any sports fan knows trash talking goes on – a lot.

I’ve been on the sidelines at middle school football and basketball games and heard it. While it often comes and goes and the game continues, occasionally things cross so far over any discernable line that make you take a step back.

Such is the case with what veteran Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett may – or may not have said – to the Detroit Pistons’ Charlie Villanueva on Tuesday night.

Villanueva posted on his Twitter page – which

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tags: sports, Twitter, NBA, basketball, Kevin Garnett, cancer patient, Charlie Villanueva

Posted: 2:09 pm on October 28, 2010 Be the first to comment on this post

Declan Sullivan Death Requires Prayers, Questions At Notre Dame

First and foremost, add Declan Sullivan and his family to your prayer list today.

Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior at Notre Dame, died Wednesday when a video tower he was standing in collapsed while filming the Fighting Irish football practice.

A special Mass is being held in South Bend today to remember Sullivan – which is appropriate and necessary.

What wasn’t necessary, though, was for Sullivan to be in the tower in the first place.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Potash makes an

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tags: sports, football, college football, Notre Dame, Declan Sullivan, Brian Kelly

Posted: 8:53 pm on October 24, 2010 Be the first to comment on this post

Are Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers On Path Of Destiny?

OK, if there is anyone out there who legitimately had the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants penciled in for the 2010 World Series back in April, please let me and our Everyday Christian readers know.

While video proof isn’t necessary, I suppose, if you did make that pick I’d love an investment tip or two while you’re at it. Also feel free to share who you did think would be in the Fall Classic about to begin. My guess was the Cardinals and the Rays. Um, yeah, that was close.


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tags: sports, baseball, Texas Rangers, Josh Hamilton, World Series, San Francisco Giants

Posted: 2:44 pm on October 13, 2010 Be the first to comment on this post

Good Luck, Colt McCoy

Over the past year or so, we’ve written quite a bit about Colt McCoy.

McCoy was an active Christian while quarterbacking Texas, going on mission trips and making no bones about his faith. The Longhorns’ seemingly inevitable march to January’s BCS Championship Game hit a huge snag when McCoy went down with an injury to his right throwing shoulder in the first quarter. Despite a late comeback, Texas fell to Alabama.

Now McCoy is poised for another huge challenge.

On Sunday, he will likely

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Posted: 1:45 pm on October 04, 2010 1 Comment

Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington: A Study In Redemption

With the Major League Baseball playoffs set to start tomorrow, sports nerds such as myself are giddy with excitement.

With the NFL and college football in full swing and the postseason for the America’s pastime about to start, October is arguably the best month on the annual sports calendar.

And for the first time in 11 years, the Texas Rangers will be a part of it as champions of the American League Western Division. Texas, when they have been in the playoffs, has a history of futility

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tags: sports, baseball, Texas Rangers, Josh Hamilton, Ron Washington, MLB PLayoffs

Posted: 7:00 am on October 03, 2010 Be the first to comment on this post

Michael Vick And Second Chances

A Sports Talk radio station in Chicago (670 The Score) polled its listeners today. They asked what has been the most compelling story in the young NFL season thus far. Over 67% of responders indicated that Michael Vick’s comeback for the Philadelphia Eagles was their top choice. 

For those who have been off-planet or are not football fans, Michael Vick was an incredibly talented young quarterback whose career and life took a horrible turn. His conviction for involvement in the illegal and

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tags: forgiveness, NFL, football, Michael Vick

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