Play Ball

From 2005 to 2007, "Play Ball" examined the relationship of sports and faith: sports is important precisely because it is a form of play, that is, a manifestation of the Sabbath. Contributors included Mark Galli, Collin Hansen, Mark Moring, and others.
An Open Letter to Tim Tebow's FansSubscriber Access Only
The high-profile quarterback, a devout Christian, practically walks on water. But give him a break. Please.
An Open Letter to Josh HamiltonSubscriber Access Only
Your recent indiscretions are certainly a concern, but you've handled the fallout with grace, humility, and repentance.
An Open Letter to ESPN the MagazineSubscriber Access Only
Regarding your plans to one-up Sports Illustrated with a "no-clothes" issue ...
An Open Letter to Brett FavreSubscriber Access Only
There's a season for everything, and for the great QB, now's the time to stay retired.
An Open Letter to Donte StallworthSubscriber Access Only
Concerning the overall public indignation about Michael Vick's possible NFL reinstatement.
Sports, for HimSubscriber Access Only
We're called to integrity in athletics—not just to opposing steroid abuse.
Christian Coaches Face Off for Super Bowl XLISubscriber Access Only
The God of Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith isn't just for Sunday.
Are You Ready for Some Fantasy?Subscriber Access Only
With football training camps convening, fantasy football is almost upon us. Finally.
Equal Pay for Women?Subscriber Access Only
The stubborn Brits who run Wimbledon refuse to pay the female tennis players as much as the men. Good for them.
What's to Love About Women's SportsSubscriber Access Only
There's no denying the pure joy and determination of female athletes
The NBA? Or the UN?Subscriber Access Only
It's called the National Basketball Association, but it's looking quite international—thanks in great part to a Christian GM for the Dallas Mavs.
Of Czechs, Sex, and WrecksSubscriber Access Only
Random musings on the U.S. soccer team, World Cup prostitution, and Big Ben's bad bike crash.
Onward Christian ShortstopsSubscriber Access Only
The Colorado Rockies make a noble—if problematic—plan for winning.
Incomplete SentencesSubscriber Access Only
Many pro athletes convicted of a crime are sentenced to a lame excuse for "community service." It's time for the legal system to show a little backbone.
Bowling Alone No MoreSubscriber Access Only
A stealth revolution in attitude may be brewing.
Sports as Soap OperaSports as Soap OperaSubscriber Access Only
Sportswriters seem to have forgotten their godly calling.
'You Trying to Say Jesus Christ Can't Hit a Curveball?'Subscriber Access Only
Fans vent their frustration on struggling slugger who professes religious devotion.
Un Problema Grande, No?Subscriber Access Only
What major league baseball reveals about the dangers of immigration.
WWJWD?Subscriber Access Only
In the wake of UCLA's loss in Monday's NCAA championship game, I couldn't help but wonder: What would John Wooden do?
There IS Crying in BasketballSubscriber Access Only
If only we all had something so precious to weep about.
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Top Story May 26, 2017
Ben Sasse: Adolescence Is a Gift, but Extended Adolescence Is a Trap
Ben Sasse: Adolescence Is a Gift, but Extended Adolescence Is a Trap
The Nebraska senator wants parents to get serious about shepherding kids into responsible adulthood.
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