Feet pounding against the turf, sweat dripping down the brow, cheers echoing across the stadium, and the metallic racket of the overtime score buzzer are all a manifestation of the Sabbath—at their best, a way to foster community, challenge the physical body, and glorify God. In a sports culture dominated by multi-million dollar contracts and often plagued by steroid use, crass language, and a lack of integrity on and off the field, interpreting what we see and how we participate has become an important faith endeavor.
- Basketball Is a Beautiful Game, but Not a Blueprint for SocietyTreating the sport as a comprehensive social and political model misunderstands the vision of its Christian founder.
- Super Bowl Fans Don’t Need a Linebacker JesusUsing sports to market Christ has a long history, but Sunday’s iteration might skip the muscles for heart.
- After Answered Prayers for Damar Hamlin, What’s Next?The faith intertwined with American football may also call us to care better for the players whose bodies bear the brunt of the sport.
- World Cup Showcases Christian Athletes and Actions in QatarRemembering the heroics and good works of athletes, coaches, and fans.españolPortuguêsFrançais한국어
- Australian Football Executive Forced to Resign, Prompting Debate about Religious LibertyAndrew Thorburn’s affiliation with an evangelical Anglican church was “a clear conflict of interest,” according to the club’s president
- What Can Kids Draw from the Chess Cheating Controversy?As chess champion Magnus Carlsen accuses an American grandmaster, coaches are trying to develop a virtuous love of the game in young players.
- Died: Herb Lusk II: ‘Praying Tailback’ Who Gave Up Football for MinistryFirst NFL player to kneel and thank Jesus in the end zone said caring for souls and helping people in poverty were more meaningful than fame.
- Mine Eyes Have Seen the Thrill of Victory, and the Agony of DefeatRandall Balmer seeks the religious roots of America’s passion for sports.
- Did the Best Chess Player in the World Just Give Up?Magnus Carlsen challenges our understanding of both human greatness and limitation.
- Why We Fight About Football PrayersThe moral authority of high school coaches raises First Amendment questions the Supreme Court will have to consider in “Kennedy v. Bremerton.”