Why We Love Football
Grace and idolatry run crossing patterns in the new American pastime.
How Christians have succumbed to the sports culture—and what might be done about it.
- With Sports Betting Surge, Churches Should Up the Ante on Addiction RecoveryAs the Super Bowl pulls in record wagers, more people are seeking help for problem gambling. Christians can pull lessons from the opioid crisis to help with treatment.
- Super Bowl Fans Don’t Need a Linebacker JesusUsing sports to market Christ has a long history, but Sunday’s iteration might skip the muscles for heart.
- ‘He Gets Us’ Super Bowl Ads Part of Billion-Dollar CampaignHobby Lobby’s David Green and other Christian funders back three-year effort to reintroduce people to Jesus.
- After Answered Prayers for Damar Hamlin, What’s Next?The faith intertwined with American football may also call us to care better for the players whose bodies bear the brunt of the sport.
- The Bulletin Episode 8|43minWhatever It Is, I’m Against ItWe’ve grown accustomed to dissension in much of American life. Should we bother hoping for something more?
- Died: Herb Lusk II: ‘Praying Tailback’ Who Gave Up Football for MinistryFirst NFL player to kneel and thank Jesus in the end zone said caring for souls and helping people in poverty were more meaningful than fame.
- Mine Eyes Have Seen the Thrill of Victory, and the Agony of DefeatRandall Balmer seeks the religious roots of America’s passion for sports.
- Praying Football Coach Wins at Supreme CourtConservative majority says Washington school was wrong to worry about “excessive entanglement” between church and state.
- Why We Fight About Football PrayersThe moral authority of high school coaches raises First Amendment questions the Supreme Court will have to consider in “Kennedy v. Bremerton.”
- The Russell Moore ShowEpisode 14|50minBenjamin Watson Knows Life Is a Team SportThe former NFL player talks faith, family, and fighting for justice.