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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.
Subscriber Access OnlyAn Open Letter to Tim Tebow's Fans
The high-profile quarterback, a devout Christian, practically walks on water. But give him a break. Please.
Subscriber Access OnlyAn Open Letter to Josh Hamilton
Your recent indiscretions are certainly a concern, but you've handled the fallout with grace, humility, and repentance.
Subscriber Access OnlyAn Open Letter to ESPN the Magazine
Regarding your plans to one-up Sports Illustrated with a "no-clothes" issue ...
Subscriber Access OnlyAn Open Letter to Brett Favre
There's a season for everything, and for the great QB, now's the time to stay retired.
Subscriber Access OnlyAn Open Letter to Donte Stallworth
Concerning the overall public indignation about Michael Vick's possible NFL reinstatement.
Subscriber Access OnlySports, for Him
We're called to integrity in athletics—not just to opposing steroid abuse.
Subscriber Access OnlyChristian Coaches Face Off for Super Bowl XLI
The God of Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith isn't just for Sunday.
Subscriber Access OnlyAre You Ready for Some Fantasy?
With football training camps convening, fantasy football is almost upon us. Finally.
Subscriber Access OnlyEqual Pay for Women?
The stubborn Brits who run Wimbledon refuse to pay the female tennis players as much as the men. Good for them.
Subscriber Access OnlyWhat's to Love About Women's Sports
There's no denying the pure joy and determination of female athletes
Subscriber Access OnlyThe NBA? Or the UN?
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.
Subscriber Access OnlyOf Czechs, Sex, and Wrecks
Random musings on the U.S. soccer team, World Cup prostitution, and Big Ben's bad bike crash.
Subscriber Access OnlyOnward Christian Shortstops
The Colorado Rockies make a noble—if problematic—plan for winning.
Subscriber Access OnlyIncomplete Sentences
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.
Subscriber Access OnlyBowling Alone No More
A stealth revolution in attitude may be brewing.
Subscriber Access OnlySports as Soap Opera
Sportswriters seem to have forgotten their godly calling.
Subscriber Access Only'You Trying to Say Jesus Christ Can't Hit a Curveball?'
Fans vent their frustration on struggling slugger who professes religious devotion.
Subscriber Access OnlyUn Problema Grande, No?
What major league baseball reveals about the dangers of immigration.
Subscriber Access OnlyWWJWD?
In the wake of UCLA's loss in Monday's NCAA championship game, I couldn't help but wonder: What would John Wooden do?
Subscriber Access OnlyThere IS Crying in Basketball
If only we all had something so precious to weep about.
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Table Manners: Why We Take Communion Every Week
Table Manners: Why We Take Communion Every Week
It's a meal that often divides us. It needn't be that way.
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