Separation of Church and Sport?

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was critiqued in a USA Today editorial for believing Jesus is the only way to God.  Erik Raymond and Kevin DeYoung (among others) have written responses.

The USA Today writer, Tom Krattenmaker, said in the editorial:

According to a December 2008 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life, 65% of American Christians believe that many religions can lead to eternal life.  Our pluralism is a defining and positive reality of American life — but not one that is much valued by those who define the faith coursing through the veins of sports culture.

The comments about this in particular have been interesting.  Here are two:

  • From Dale LaRoy Splitstone: “Honestly, do you really think God gives a damn what the majority of American Christians think about salvation? At the judgment day, there’s only one opinion that’s going to matter.”
  • From DonAW: “The 65% of American Christians who believe that many religions can lead to eternal life had better take a closer look at their ‘playbook.’  Someone is wrong, and I am betting it is not the Maker of the World.”

HT: Justin Taylor

    A Flooded Faurot Doesn’t Stop Nebraska

    I’m not as big of a football junkie as I used to be (my fiancee appreciates this, I’m sure).  In fact, I hardly watch sports at all anymore.  However, it’s hard to not appreciate a great contest between two rivals, especially on national TV during prime time and during a flash flood watch.  On Thursday night exactly that happened, and I listened to the Nebraska-Missouri game online here in South Africa.

    Nebraska won with a flury of fourth quarter points.  They were down 12-0 going into the quarter and rallied for 27 unanswered points to beat Missouri 27-12.   Honestly, that was the best fourth quarter performance of any team I have seen.

    “So what?” you might ask.  Well the irony lies in the fact that ESPN announcer Ron Franklin said of a Missouri t-shirt with a hit-list of Big 12 quarterbacks on it: “They had a Zac on there…I don’t know Zac…the Zac they had on there.”

    The quarterback the shirt was referring to was Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee.  This was during the Missouri-Illinois game earlier this season in which Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert played exceptionally.  Against Nebraska?  Well, let’s just say that Gabbert looked like a normal sophomore without an “S” on his chest.  And now, I imagine that Franklin is eating his words.  Lee didn’t play like an all-conference star, but he made the plays when he needed to, and he lead his team to victory.

    Great game.  Great comeback.  That’s what college sports are about.

    Blogging and Broken Computers

    My computer is in the local HP shop this week.  Nothing internal, however.  The hinge to close the screen is poorly designed and has been slowly deteriorating since I bought it in January.  It’s a Compaq…so I don’t need to say much more.

    So blogging will be slow this week and through the weekend. In the meantime, here’s some random thoughts or things that have come up over the past day or so:

    • Wedding planning is really fun, especially when you are less than four months away.  I like details.  I think they like me, too.  But I love my bride-to-be, and I know that she loves me too.  What a blessing she is to me.
    • We are studying Nehemiah for our staff Bible study here in South Africa.  It might be the best book on leadership ever written.
    • I just bought Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro.  It’s about watching for, recovering from, and avoiding burnout in ministry.  I’m almost 25 so I’m hoping to apply the watching for and avoiding parts.  The first 30 pages are very good.
    • Jesus’ voice will raise the dead — every single person who has ever lived — and judge them (John 5:28-29).  That has implications for your life.
    • Jesus’ intercession for us is the thing that is keeping us saved (Luke 22:31-32).
    • I’m glad that my hope is not in a bunch of college kids who play football.  Otherwise after Nebraska’s game against Virginia Tech this past weekend, my life would be ruined.
    • My time here in SA is almost done.  In the past 2 months, we have seen more gospel vision, passion, and fruit than in the previous 7 months combined.
    • I really have a craving for tortilla chips and chunky salsa.

    Going to the Game

    I’ll be at the Nebraska football game today against San Jose State.  I think Joe Ganz will have another 300+ pass yard day.  I have a feeling that San Jose will have their fair share of big plays, but hopefully the Husker defense will be able to keep them out of the end zone.

    Prediction: NU 45 SJSU 20.

    By the way, happy birthday, to my sister Amy.  Congrats on 22, Ames!!!!

    Top 10 College Football Moments since 1984

    My apologies for being a day late on this one.  I amended this one, though.  In honor of college football starting this past weekend, I’m going to put the top 10 college football moments since I’ve been alive. I won’t comment much, but I did provide a YouTube link for each one so you can watch and judge for yourself.

    10.  Vince Young Scores to Win Title – On 4th and 5, Vince Young runs to the corner of the end zone to beat USC in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.

    9.  Appalachian State Takes Down the Big House – The small D-1AA school beats Michigan on its home field last year.

    8.  Williams Passes Dorsett – Ricky Williams scores a touchdown on his record breaking run in 1998.

    7.  Wide Rights/Left – It seems as if Florida State doesn’t know how to kick field goals against Miami.  (The song in the video is kind of eerie).

    6.  Boise State’s 2-point Conversion – You have to give props for the statue of liberty.  The Broncos over the Sooners in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

    5.  Colorado-Michigan – Kordell Stuart to Michael Westbrook to jump start Colorado’s season in 1994.

    4.  “Hello Heisman” – Desmond Howard’s punt return against Ohio State in 1991.

    3.  The Run - Tommie Frazier breaks 8 tackles en route to a 75-yard touchdown against Florida in the ’96 Fiesta Bowl.

    2.  Flutie’s Hail Mary – Boston College over Miami on a last second pass from Doug Flutie to Gerald Phelan in 1984.

    1.  The Miracle in Missouri – I”m a bit biased.  Scott Frost to Matt Davison to keep the Huskers’ dream of a title alive in ’97.  I cried before this play…and afterward.