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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:

  • Pro tips for dating

    Are there things you just don't understand about dating? You should probably check out "Devil's Dictionary of Dating: A Guide to the Language of Love"; I now know "all the dating terms [I] didn't know but [was] afraid to ask about."

    This witty, useful, and humorous guide is brought to you by First Things: "We are pleased to offer the below definitions to help clarify some of the most misunderstood terms connected with dating and relationships today —Ed."
  • Intervention, imagination, and the 'impossible'

    The Huffington Post is all over a study that purports to show that religious kids can't tell fact from fiction. Jim Davis of GetReligion quotes from the article: "The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional. By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations."

    Can we please resurrect Chesterton, Lewis, and Tolkien to deal with this nonsense? There are times when nothing less will do. (Alas, though with God nothing is impossible -- as these fortunate and well-taught children understand -- I don't think it's likely.)
  • Open book thread

    I recently finished reading "Sun Shine Down" by Gillian Marchenko (whom I know slightly through one of my online writers' groups). Gillian and her husband, Sergei, were living as church planters in Ukraine when their third daughter was born. After a difficult birth, Gillian was floored by the words "They suspect the baby may have Down syndrome."

    Already facing the day-to-day struggle of life in a culture very different from her own -- a culture with even less tolerance of Down syndrome than the United States -- Gillian now had a child with a condition she knew almost nothing about. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • By the numbers

    TIME magazine reports, "For the first time in 57 years the Centers for Disease Control’s National Health Information Survey has surveyed adults on their sexual orientation, and the results published Tuesday show that 1.6% of adults aged 18 or over identified as gay, while another 0.7% identified as bisexual."

    In other words, we're being asked to remake marriage (not to mention completely change the face of primetime television) to be in accord with the desires of less than 3 percent of the population.

    Makes you think, doesn't it?READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Storms of Life

    This past Monday I had the honor of addressing the Prison Fellowship Ministry staff in our weekly gathering. As I went before the Lord asking what He was laying on my heart to share, He took me all over the place. Finally, though, I landed in one comfortable spot: READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • The church and film can find common ground in discussions on depravity

    James Franco has recently adapted William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" and Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God" into films; it is rumored that Franco will eventually adapt McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" as well. All three novels (and film adaptations) share a significant theme in common: they attempt to explore human depravity at its darkest, deepest, and most devastating.

    An article at Christ and Pop Culture suggests that Franco's adaptation of these three films shows a continuing trend in modern filmmaking: "an invitation to consider depravity." The article goes on to say (and rightly so, I believe), "If these adaptations and their sources reveal anything, it’s that culture is interested not only displaying depravity but also in interpreting it, an interest the Church must share."
  • WORLD's Children's Book of the Year

    WORLD has named Andrew Peterson's "The Warden and the Wolf King" its Children's Book of the Year. I had the honor of being asked to serve on the selection committee, and I very much enjoyed Peterson's action-adventure fantasy -- the final entry in his "Wingfeather Saga" -- which was by turns creepy, funny, exciting, and deeply moving. Peterson's achievement is all the more impressive given the fact that he had to raise the money for its publication himself. As Janie B. Cheaney explains in her article for WORLD, "The Warden and the Wolf King project became the most successful fiction campaign in Kickstarter’s history." READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • More on Rep. Ryan's anti-poverty plan

    Valen blogged yesterday about the rollout of Rep. Paul Ryan's new anti-poverty plan. Now here's Craig Roche of Justice Fellowship with more on how Ryan's legislation would "help advance key principles of restorative justice."READ FULL ARTICLE »

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