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You can stay home on Sunday to watch football, skip Tuesday night prayer meeting for the baseball game of the week, and miss Saturday’s church retreat in favor of a pro golf tournament–chances are, you’ll still hear about Jesus. Evangelical athletes populate the major sports, and many of them enjoy the chance to be outspoken about their faith–thanking God for that winning field goal, late-inning homerun, or 18-foot putt.
We’ve scanned the sporting world to come up with a gallery of some of the most dominant athletes and coaches working today. Each of these men and women work hard, as their Bibles tell them, “to win the prize,” both in their sports and in their faith. (more…)
There are few more devoted followers than NASCAR fans, whose fervor rivals –and sometimes exceeds — their Christian faith. So it should come as no surprise that a college lecturer has made their twin passions the subject of a new book, Godspeed: Racing Is My Religion.
“You can’t separate them,” says the author, L.D. Russell. “A race is a kind of morality play in which fans witness the drama of human existence. We live in the face of unbeatable odds. The ultimate defeat is waiting for us.”
Without question, he writes, “Racing is a religion, a cult of true believers with their own rituals, myths and a system of ethics that rival Confucianism.” Russell compares the NASCAR rule book with the Bible’s book of Deuteronomy.
Today, like millions of NASCAR fans, Russell, 52, expects to be glued to his television.
“I never miss the Daytona 500,” he says, but at the same time he’ll also be going over papers from the course he teaches on racing and religion at Elon University in North Carolina. (more…)
Source: Christian Post
A popular religious Web site named its top 12 evangelical Christians in sports this weekend in time for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLII between the undefeated New England Patriots and the New York Giants.
In pro-football, running back Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks, punter Hunter Smith of the Indianapolis Colts, and Colts coach Tony Dungy made beliefnet.com’s “Who’s Who” list.
Alexander, the 2005 NFL MVP, is always seen pointing to the sky after a touchdown to credit God for his success.
“Everyone has been given gifts that can be used to bring glory to God,” Alexander wrote in his 2006 memoir Touchdown Alexander. “And when we bring glory to God through the gifts He has given us, we are blessed. For me, the gift was athletic ability.” (more…)
The following is from Jeff Gordon’s personal site. Jeff talks about his faith and MotorRacing Outreach:
I welcomed God into my life a few years ago. I regret that I did not do it sooner. Embracing His faith has made a tremendous difference in my life and my overall well-being.
I pray regularly. I know that God can be a tremendous inspiration through good times and bad. When you are involved in a dangerous sport like auto racing, you rely on a higher power to keep you safe and overcome adversity. Whether I win or lose a race, I am content with the outcome knowing that I can always trust in God’s goodness.
We all have to experience our own spiritual journey. But if you embrace God’s power, I believe you will live your life with a renewed joy and a heightened sense of fulfillment.
Motor Racing Outreach has also been a part of my life. Their mission is to introduce the racing community and its fans to personal faith in Christ. MRO has helped me to develop and continue my relationship with God. Their staff is available to help you as well. You may contact them through the information listed below. You can also learn more about them at http://www.go2mro.com/.
During the fall of 2006, Yahoo! Sports NASCAR writer Bob Margolis was diagnosed with Lymphoma.
Below are Margolis’ comments on his Yahoo! column:
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point early in my treatment I felt strangely alone. It was an odd feeling for me. I don’t consider myself to be an overly religious person. I think of myself as being a spiritual being. I believe in God.
But here I was feeling all alone. Had I forgotten that God was with me all the time? All at once it came to me.
Someone once told me that if God brings you to something, He will also bring you through it. That one statement alone was probably more instrumental in my making it through the tough times than anything else.
From that moment on, I never felt alone again. Even in those toughest of days, I always knew that I wasn’t facing this challenge alone.
A new day and thanks
So there you have it. That’s what my life has been like the past 12 months. I’m proud to be a member of an exclusive club of cancer survivors.
I always enjoy the look on people’s face when I tell them I not only survived one cancer, but two – in one year.
I’m convinced God has brought me through this most difficult year of my life for a reason. He obviously has some important work for me to accomplish before my time in this world is over.
I’m ready for it.
I still have tests ahead of me. The first one comes in March, 2008. It’ll be my first PET scan, the one that determines any cancerous activity.
My doctors are optimistic that we won’t find anything. I’m optimistic, too.
With this being the time of year when giving and receiving gifts is so much a part of our lives, I am truly blessed to have received the greatest gift of all – the gift of life.
Now, I just can’t wait to get back to the track.
Darrell was one of the most unliked drivers for sometime. However his faith in Christ taught him to be humble.
Jeff Gordon talks about racing and winning championships, but how his faith in the Lord Jesus is the most precious of all