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Feet pounding against the turf, sweat dripping down the brow, cheers echoing across the stadium, and the metallic racket of the overtime score buzzer are all a manifestation of the Sabbath—at their best, a way to foster community, challenge the physical body, and glorify God. In a sports culture dominated by multi-million dollar contracts and often plagued by steroid use, crass language, and a lack of integrity on and off the field, interpreting what we see and how we participate has become an important faith endeavor.

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  • Religion not often on display in NHL - Sports - The Boston Globe
    It is not hard to find an NHL player for whom religion is barely a thought, the antithesis of Doan or Hamhuis or McQuaid. The words of one NHL veteran, who asked to remain anonymous in discussing such a sensitive topic, are tinged with distaste, not for religion itself but for those in other sports who wear theirs on their sleeves. And he’s not alone in his beliefs.
  • Religion and soccer: Shooting for heaven | The Economist
    Anyway, if the governing body expects to keep one of humanity's strongest collective impulses, religion, entirely separate from one of its favourite collective activities, soccer, then it is wasting its breath. That seems to be the conclusion of a French sports writer, Nicolas Vilas, who has just published (in French) the results of a three-year investigation into the links between faith and football, in France and elsewhere in Europe.

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