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It’s not all bad news in the sports world

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Sports | Finding the sad and ugly in sports is easy these days. Such stories tend to dominate the headlines: tales of Ryan Braun’s suspension from baseball for…

The fleeting fame of the ‘next big thing’

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Sports | The “next big thing” is always the best thing in American sports and entertainment. Young superstars burst onto the scene and enamor us. In just the past…

The idolatry of Little League parents and coaches

The idolatry of Little League parents and coaches

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Sports | It’s that time of year again when all the Little League dads and moms come out to play. And by “play” I, of course, mean verbally abuse umpires and…

The importance of losing

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Sports | I played on a lot of bad teams growing up. My first park district baseball team was part of Minneapolis’s “Cops for Kids” program. We played at the dirt…

A narrative of murder

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Sports | Last Monday police in suburban Boston discovered the body of Olin Lloyd, 27, who had been shot to death. Evidence led to the investigation of Aaron Hernandez,

Love when you cannot trust

Love when you cannot trust

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Faith & Inspiration | A friend of mine has been going through a hard time lately, the kind of difficulties that come from being stabbed in the back. He has found friends and family…

Who’s the best? Comparison ruins appreciation

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Sports | Here we are in the middle of the NBA Finals and a debate rages. It is not about whether the Miami Heat or San Antonio Spurs will win. It is not about whether…

Cheating’s shrapnel flies fast and far

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Sports | If you follow professional baseball you’ve likely heard the name Biogenesis by now. It is the now defunct clinic in Miami that has been linked to at least…

Developing a church farm system

Developing a church farm system

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Religion | The Minnesota Twins fooled me until about the second week of May. I thought they might surprise me this season by being good—but no. They are terrible after…

Are sports as worthy as the arts?

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Sports | A few weeks ago I was a guest on Desiring God’s Behind the Blog podcast , where we talked about sports and Christianity. I was asked whether sports are of less…

Mr. Fix-it: Point to the One with power

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Faith & Inspiration | I am a fixer. I have a knack for seeing problems and coming to a quick and ready solution. I enjoy puzzles and love an intellectual challenge. It is the way…

This sin but not that sin

This sin but not that sin

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Homosexuality | Last week I wrote about how Christians should respond to NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay. Later a young gay man challenged me as to why Christians…

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