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All of life is practice

All of life is practice

By Barnabas Piper
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Essay | In his best-selling book Outliers , Malcolm Gladwell popularized the “theory of 10,000 hours,” the idea that it takes that much time practicing something to…

Tim Duncan: The fundamental superstar

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | In NBA years Tim Duncan is ancient. At age 37 and in his 17th season he is a basketball geriatric. But my, oh, my, what a 17 seasons those have been. Duncan…

Tradition, progress, and the Baseball Hall of Fame

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | The holiday season is upon us and with it another annual tradition has arrived: baseball’s Hall of Fame debate—although it might be more accurate to call…

How root, root, root for the home team can go wrong, wrong, wrong

How root, root, root for the home team can go wrong, wrong, wrong

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | “Just wait till we kick your [expletive deleted] on Saturday!” These words were brashly proclaimed on Twitter by a Wisconsin Badgers football fan and…

The anti-bullies

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | The proliferation of bullying stories from around the Web is somewhat depressing. You can find them on business and in church ministry sites—and, of course,

NFL bullying and the organizational culture that fosters it

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Sports | Bullying is a term we usually reserve for children and adolescents. Once people become adults it’s called either “abuse” or “harassment.” But no…

Talent, race, and ugly stereotypes in the NBA

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | Every year, NBA.com surveys the general managers of National Basketball Association teams about the upcoming season. They are polled about which player is the…

MacArthur vs. Driscoll: It’s discouraging to young Christians like me

By Barnabas Piper
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Religion | I respect John MacArthur and Mark Driscoll. Both defend the faith and powerfully preach the Word. They care deeply about Scripture and upholding truth. Both…

God’s justice in the tragic death of a child

By Barnabas Piper
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Crime | Late last week the story broke about a 2-year-old boy, Tyrese Robert Doohen, being admitted to a South Dakota Hospital with severe head trauma consistent with…

Thankful that life is not a playoff series

By Barnabas Piper
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Faith & Inspiration | Extra innings, complete games, walk-off hits, beanballs, and human pile-ups between the pitcher’s mound and home plate—yep, it must be playoff baseball…

Learning life lessons from those who lose

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | Many of the best coaches in history—Bill Parcells, Phil Jackson, Tony LaRussa, among others—have written books about their success and have influenced…

Racism and the Redskins

By Barnabas Piper
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Race Issues | The NFL’s Washington Redskins have been at the center of controversy on and off for decades. It’s not anything they’ve done; it’s what they haven’t:

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