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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:

  • No 'There's' Not!

    Point of editorial privilege. This post has nothing to do with a Christian worldview on anything (unless someone wants to make a theological point about the importance of the spoken word). It’s about grammar. And subject-verb agreement.
  • Warden Cain: Change the person, change the prisons

    If you followed the work of Chuck Colson for any length of time, you've probably heard of Warden Burl Cain of Angola Prison in Louisiana. Chuck spent more than one Easter preaching at Angola, and he frequently spoke and wrote about the ways that the warden's faith had helped change the prison. Today in First Things, Peter J. Leithart has a short but fascinating profile of Warden Cain and his groundbreaking work making a maximum-security prison "the safest place in the country."

    (H/T David Carlson)READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • September 11

    I’ve worked at Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for 26 years, but by far my most memorable day at work was September 11, 2001.

    A young writer popped into my office that morning and said, “Hey, a small plane just crashed into the World Trade Center.”

    Okay. That’s weird.

    And then, of course, it got weirder. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Hollywood selfies and naked souls

    I love the way Wendy Shalit, author of "A Return to Modesty," handled the topic of the Hollywood selfie scandal. The problem, she explains, is not just that young girls are pressured to take nude pictures of themselves (though obviously, that's a BIG part of the problem). The real problem is that we've failed to teach young people how to value and cherish their privacy, instead encouraging them to constantly strive for attention by putting everything out there. If they're routinely supposed to bare their souls for public consumption, Shalit argues, it's only a short step from there to baring their bodies.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Never a freak

    Former BreakPoint social media intern Robert Tucker has written his testimony on his new blog. It's good and valuable reading for anyone who's ever felt like a freak, and needs to be reminded of how God sees him or her.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Diversity = conservatism?

    About a dozen times a day, I see ads and headlines and e-mails promising, "This will surprise you!" It rarely turns out to be true. But this really did surprise me: READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Truett Cathy: A life well lived

    S. Truett Cathy, the founder and chairman emeritus of Chick-fil-A, died this morning at the age of 93. As you're all probably well aware, Truett Cathy was a devout Christian who routinely incorporated his faith into his business practices.

    But you may not be aware of all that this entailed. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Here we go again

    Greg Laurie and others are upset about "Unbroken" -- which doesn't come out for another three-and-a-half months -- because it doesn't show war hero's Louis Zamperini's post-war faith journey . . . even though this is strictly for chronological reasons, from the sound of it, and even though, if you've seen the trailer, you know that there are still faith references in the film. 

    With all due respect to Pastor Laurie, I wish we Christians could learn to actually wait and see a movie before calling out the firing squad.READ FULL ARTICLE »

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