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Tim Tebow: Putting Football in Perspective

Tebow_philippines Both my parents graduated from the University of Florida (not to mention two uncles, two aunts, one brother, one sister-in-law, and over a half dozen cousins). When my mom's 23 chromosomes met up with my dad's and formed me, I got 100% Gator DNA. I've been a fan ever since. I love college football, but especially Gator football.

We've had our share of ruffians, but over the years it has helped to also see so many outstanding Christians among the Gator line-up. Danny Wuerffel was a particular inspiration to me when I was in high school and he was playing for the Gators and being so outspoken about his faith. His subsequent move to work with Desire Street ministries thrilled me.

Then when Tim Tebow came along, I couldn't have been happier. After accepting his Heisman Trophy last year, he traveled to the Philippines, where he had been born, to minister to orphans. I've heard a lot about him speaking in prisons. Last night on the pre-game show there were several minutes devoted to his witness. They interviewed some of the prisoners to whom he has ministered.

Imagine little old me... with my love of this ministry and sharing Christ with prisoners...and my love for the Gators. I was on cloud nine. The only thing that could have made it better was the Gators winning a National Championship! And then, they did.

Hats off to Tim Tebow for his outstanding and bold witness. I pray more of us would follow his example! (Read more here.)

I can't find the video clip from the pre-game show on line, but I recorded it and here are some quotes:

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    I’ve noticed recently that I’m a stingy person when it comes to money. I don’t like to spend it, because I always feel broke afterwards. Irrational? Yes. But it still feels that way. So of course, this makes tithing and giving a fierce battle between the heart and the mind.

    A group of us interns at Prison Fellowship attended a Nationals game a few weeks ago as a social event. Those of of you who know anything about live sports will guess that it wasn’t the cheapest outing I’ve ever attended. As I hit “accept” to the e-mail invitation, I had no idea the amount of money I’d be throwing at this. From the ticket, to the parking, plus the Metro fare, and last but not least the $18 for food, that’s the better part of a hundred dollars down the drain. Yet before I knew it, the money was spent. Now, although I found myself upset at how much I invested in the outing, I also thought of the great time I was having as I sat and cheered with my good friends. Then, slowly but surely, the subject of money slowly floated out of my thinking, until I was totally at peace.

    Yet when was the last time we lost ourselves like this in giving to the Lord? READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Let's get our facts straight

    The potential societal impact of poorly executed studies, an absence of fact-checking, and fraudulent "scientific" research is a bit unnerving. But the bad stats don't just happen "out there." Within the Christian community, we are often guilty of not doing accurate research. Ed Stetzer's article in Christianity Today on the importance of good stats seems increasingly relevant and necessary, for Christians and non-Christians alike.READ FULL ARTICLE »
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    I've got a bit of a loaded question for you: Is the Constitution a liberal or conservative document? Read this before you answer. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • 'The Lottery': Ripped from tomorrow's headlines?

    Lifetime's "The Lottery," premiering Sunday, depicts a world where children have ceased to be born, and only 100 viable embryos are available to ensure the future of humanity. Given current demographic trends, it could be prophetic. (At the very least, if it's good, it might be something like what the film version of "The Children of Men" should have been.)READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Spiritual EMP

    Imagine for just a moment that you are sitting in a bunker with a team of soldiers, planning out a strategic movement against your enemy. Your general has finished formulating his plan, and even though you haven’t been told the specifics, you know it will work. It always does.

    Yet, just as you all are preparing to load up and move out, some fool activates an EMP in close proximity to your base. What happens? All electronics are down. The plan is ruined, or at least, severely impaired.
  • A Beautiful Conversation

    In the frenzy of this digital age -- an age seemingly characterized by ad-hominem attacks and needless mud-slinging -- it's refreshing to come across a piece about the importance of civility, especially in the context of social media.

    Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online interviews Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, about a number of issues ranging from social media to the family. The interview struck me, simply put, as a beautiful conversation. It's so rare to come across helpful, meaningful, and loving dialogue on key issues that I thought I'd share this conversation with you, BreakPoint readers. See the Archbishop's interview for yourself here, and feel free to let me know what you think.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Speaking the Truth in Love

    When sin moves from the realm of abstraction to the immediate and personal, how do we faithfully love those around us? Josh Bishop of the Gospel Coalition has a few ideas.
  • Inoculated to Christianity

    Among the multitude of articles about why young people leave the Christian faith, this is one of the best I've seen. (It focuses on Catholics but is equally applicable to Protestants.) I love Daniel Paris' idea of "inoculation" as the triggering factor: Just as with a vaccine, when we're given a small dose of a weakened gospel, it prevents the real thing from getting in.


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