Brett Honeycutt

Airing it Out

The Bartman Affect

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From The Archives

Olympian Allyson Felix says faith is the reason she runs

As U.S. Olympian and track and field sprinter Allyson Felix prepares for her several competitions in Rio de Janeiro this weekend and into next week, she may think back to...

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Track-and-Field Closeup: Felicia Brown

For most athletes who ascend to the top of their sport, it would be easy for them to assume their purpose on Earth was to be the best at that...

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Airing it Out

The problem with pedestals

We make super heroes out of regular people. And that’s a shame. Why? Because those super heroes just want to be regular people like you and me. They don’t have...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week: Innocent Boldness

"Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week: Peacemakers

“One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, ‘David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them.’” I Samuel 25:14 Abigail,...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week: Taking a Bold Stance

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from an- other place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: Mess-ups are hard, but can be overcome

Probably the most devastating thing that can happen to us is to mess up publicly. When you’re someone known by only a few people, messing up publicly is bad, but...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week: Resilient Heart

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: Mark Richt responds with grace, gratitude in adversity

Is a college coaching position, or any coaching position for that matter, only about wins and losses? Most people would agree that it’s not, but that wins and losses are...

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Where Are They Now Closeup: Hall of Famer Jackie Slater waited on God's timing in coaching career

Jackie Slater coaches with the same intensity that helped him become a Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle. In practice, he constantly barks instructions to Azusa Pacific University’s offensive...

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NFL Closeup: Thirteen-year veteran Charles Tillman counts servanthood as most important accomplishment

Charles Tillman has been to a Super Bowl, been named to the All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams, earned a master’s degree, and won the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: How Important?

I am reading a book by A.W. Tozer titled, The Purpose of Man, and, although I know how important our relationship with God is, I don’t think I live like...

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Football

Hall of Famer Tim Brown opens up about faith and struggles

As Tim Brown told the story of his journey during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Aug. 8, he mentioned a traumatic moment when he was six...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: Our Responsibility?

How much is a coach culpable for the right or wrong actions of his players? In today’s society, you would think he’s just as responsible or more responsible for their...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week: The Pleasure Of Pleasing God

Some of you may recall the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, which told the true story of British track and field athletes preparing for the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris....

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Football

Devotional of the Week: Don’t Lose Heart

"Alas, Sovereign LORD,’I said,‘I do not know how to speak; I am too young.’ But the LORD said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go...

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Airing it Out

Airing it Out: Encourage or Destroy?

The stories of Laura Bassett and Steve Bartman are great examples of what it takes to truly embrace, love and encourage someone or to truly crush, hate and destroy them....

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Other

In The News: Zach Johnson

From Zach Johnson’s first PGA Tour win to his most recent victory in the British Open on July 20, he has remained consistent. Not just in his play, but in...

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Basketball

In The News: Stephen Curry

NBA All-Star. NBA MVP. NBA Champion. The success seemed to come all of a sudden for Stephen Curry, who earned his second consecutive All-Star berth this season before winning the...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week: Whom Shall I Fear?

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 Tim Tebow...

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Soccer

In The News: U. S. Women's Soccer Team

Leading up to the women’s World Cup title game between the United States and Japan, the experts had fans believing the U.S. was struggling. Although the U.S. had outscored opponents...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: Love Through Life

When I was a child, my mom would take me and my brother to youth baseball and football practices at the nearby elementary school. She took care of us, joyfully,...

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Sport

In the news closeup: Manny Pacquiao

The fight that seemed destined to never happen, is now scheduled to take place: Manny Pacquiao will fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 2 in what experts are saying will...

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Sport

Devotional of the Week: Running to Win

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” I Corinthians...

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Airing it Out

Airing it out: Memory Lane and Life's Lessons

A trip down memory lane brought me some cash, great conversations, new memories to share and a lesson about what our earthly possessions can teach us about life here and...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: Which way does the ball bounce?

What would you do if you had the ability and power to share your faith without consequence? Would you respect non-believers or believers of other faiths by not sharing Christ...

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Where are they now? closeup: David Robinson

The Naval Academy’s most recognizable basketball alum earned another recognition recently. Former NBA star and Hall of Famer David Robinson earned the Distinguished Graduate Award from the U.S. Naval Academy’s...

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Women in sports closeup: Marlen Esparza

[caption id="attachment_11155" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Marlen Esparza[/caption] Marlen Esparza is known for becoming the first nine-time U.S. boxing champion in history. She’s probably the only former high school class president to...

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Around the world closeup: Euan Murray

Euan Murray may best be known for what he doesn’t do as opposed to what he does do, but that’s fine with him. Murray, a Scottish professional rugby player since...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Never Too Old

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,...

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Sport

Around The World Closeup: Lee Wai-sze

Winning championships and medals almost never happened for Hong Kong Olympian Lee Wai-sze. Her fledgling career nearly ended, just as it was about to explode, after a chance run-in with...

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Sport

Swimming Closeup: Missy Franklin

Remember 17-year-old London Olympic swimming phenom Missy Franklin? She’s still winning and she’s still fast. She’s just doing it a lot more out of the spotlight. Swimming is one of...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: The Truce Match

"Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” I Thessalonians 5:15 Six years before...

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Sport

Magnificent Mary

An Olympian and five-time world champion works in her garden as her husband looks on and talks to a reporter. But this isn’t an interview for a home and garden...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week: New Beginning

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: Surprisingly Good

"Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” I Thessalonians 5:15 Two stories that...

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Sport

In The News: Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won nearly everything except a World Series ring this past baseball season. The 25-year-old, who, along with wife Ellen, travels on mission trips to...

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Sport

Under the Radar

Pittsburgh Steelers fans didn’t find Will Johnson’s rushing stats impressive through his first 11 games this season. Two attempts, 0 yards. Or his receiving stats for that matter. Five catches,...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out: Life lived out

Imagine if we were encouraged every day. Or taken care of every day. Or loved, celebrated, or even supported in our endeavors— every day. Imagine. How would that make you...

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Sport

30th Anniversary Closeup: Garry Unger

Garry Unger, who appeared in the first issue of Sports Spectrum when it was called Sports Focus in 1985, played for 16 seasons in the NHL and set a then-NHL...

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30th Anniversary Closeup: Mike Gartner

Mike Gartner’s Hall of Fame hockey career almost never happened. Just after he became a Christian, he was hit in the eye with a hockey puck and lost his vision...

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Sport

NFL Closeup: Will Johnson

It was interesting that a game where Will Johnson had all zeroes across the stat sheet that an Associated Press story mentioned the third-year pro with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnson,...

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Sport

A Humbled Spirit

A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs29:23 (KJV) I love baseball. I’m sure it’s because I grew up watching the game...

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Airing it Out

Retaliation in MLB must stop

Pittsburgh Pirates star and reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch on Aug. 2. Ordinarily, that might not even have been a note in the game...

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Sport

Aeneas Williams: Spiritual Leading

“This is what the LORD says your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you...

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Airing it Out

God's Soft Spot

You may have heard the recent story of Antoine Turner, the Boise State recruit who was homeless and who Boise State had to ask the NCAA permission to help with...

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Devotional of the Week

LPGA Closeup: Betsy King

Much has changed in the 30 years since Betsy King first appeared in the first issue of Sports Spectrum. The magazine was called Sports Focus then (1985), and King was...

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Around the Net

Louis Zamperini dies at age 97

Last week, the world lost a true hero and true example of Christ: Louis "Louie" Zamperini. He was 97. He ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he was a World...

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Closeup Tribute — Louis Zamperini

On July 2, the world lost a true hero and true example of Christ: Louis Silvie “Louie” Zamperini. He was 97. Zamperini was born Jan. 26, 1917, in Olean, New...

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Closeup — Chelsea Baker

Like fishing stories that morph each year when aging anglers add several inches and pounds to their “big catch,” Chelsea Baker’s story seems to get better with age, as well....

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Basketball

In The News — Paul Westphal

Paul Westphal has seemingly come full circle. The well-traveled player and coach has been an NBA All-Star (five times) and coached the NBA All- Stars (twice), he has played and coached...

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Football

Closeup Tribute — Aeneas Williams

15-year NFL career with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams was fruitful for Aeneas Williams. Williams, who played cornerback and free safety, was selected to eight Pro Bowls,...

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Football

Closeup — Derrick Brooks

Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks was never concerned with the awards he earned during his star-studded 14-year career. His main focus was spiritual. However, the awards kept coming...

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Sport

Clint Dempsey - Finding Strength In The Lord

Clint Dempsey was in kindergarten when he discovered that he loved soccer. The exhilaration of scoring goals was exactly what he needed to deepen his love for a game that...

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Featured

Life In The Fast Lane

Peace eluded reigning Olympic and world 100-meter track champion even after she became a Christian, but now she has a “living faith” that keeps her grounded despite her wealth and...

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Devotional of the Week

Freddie Freeman: Potter and Clay

"We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; per- severance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love...

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Features

Finding Strength in The Lord

Clint Dempsey was in kindergarten when he discovered that he loved soccer. The exhilaration of scoring goals was exactly what he needed to deepen his love for a game that...

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Devotional of the Week

Chris Davis: 'Daily Dying'

"Then he said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'" Luke 9:23 In the above passage,...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Merciful messengers

Manhattan College men’s basketball coach Steve Masiello had just led the program to the most wins in 10 years, and the Jaspers ended the season by nearly beating defending national...

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Closeup — Jacob Mulenga

Soccer hasn’t always been at the top of Zambian national soccer team member Jacob Mulenga’s favorite sports list. When he was young, he was addicted to motocross. His weekdays were...

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Closeup — Fabio

Fans call Fabio “the blue wall” and consider him a hero. But for Brazilian goalkeeper Fábio Deivson Lopes Maciel, who has won numerous titles and been on Brazil’s national team...

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Closeup — Isaac Díaz

From the time Isaac Diaz was a baby and had a soccer ball in his cradle, to playing as a professional athlete in packed stadiums, soccer has always been a...

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Closeup — José Luis Vidigal

The second of 12 children, including four who played soccer, José Luis Vidigal understands what it means to fight and jostle for attention. During an 18-year professional career, Vidigal spent...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Impact Through Defeat

"When the centurion and those with him who we regarding Jesus saw the earth quake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son...

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Featured

Devotional of the Week -- Do You Believe In Miracles?

“Jesus said to him,‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe;...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Humility, we need more of it

Richard Sherman’s post-game rant after the NFC Championship game has been a lesson in believability, apologies that carry no weight and a reminder that humility is difficult, but that it’s...

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Featured

Feature Story -- Michael Robinson: Peace Within The Storm

Dehydration. Kidney failure. Liver failure. Rapid weight loss. Job loss. All were part of a whirlwind of bad news for Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson. And though the seeming chaos...

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Football

Super Bowl Predictions -- Clyde Christensen: The Keys to Beating Denver and Seattle

Clyde Christensen is the quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts, the only team this season to beat the Denver Broncos (the NFL’s best offense of all time) and Seattle Seahawks...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Are You Ready?

"Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet....

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Memories etched in stone

I have an odd recollection of names like Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Ted Williams and other baseball greats from the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, even though I was born...

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MLB Baseball

Sports Spectrum's Co-Coach of the Year: Clint Hurdle

Some of the biggest impacts Clint Hurdle had on people this year wasn’t while he was managing the Pittsburgh Pirates to their best season in more than 20 years.  They...

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Football

Sports Spectrum's Co-Coach of the Year: John Harbaugh

As the seconds ticked off the clock and the San Francisco 49ers failed to run back a Baltimore Ravens punt for a score, John Harbaugh could finally breathe. His Ravens...

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Top 10 Christian Athletes to Watch in 2014

1. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: Leading the Eagles to the playoffs as a first-year starter earned Foles, then 23, respect around the NFL. 2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: In...

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Top 10 Christian Stories of 2013

1. New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera’s retirement: With his head buried in Andy Pettitte’s shoulder, Mariano Rivera cried. It was his last home game at Yankee Stadium. The gratitude...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Treasuring What Matters

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Why the NFL matters

    Sports are popular in America. How popular? Of the top 50-most watched television programs in America in 2013, 45 were sporting events. Of those top 50 programs, the...

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Featured

Devotional of the Week -- Getting Up When You Fall

“Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.” Proverbs 24:16 A year after John Elway...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- From Africa with love and encouragement

As I spoke to LPGA legend and World Golf Hall of Famer Betsy King recently, I was encouraged. I was encouraged by what she’s doing in Africa to help the...

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Football

A Favored Life

The player with the most improbable road to the NFL has a life so diverse that even a comic book would have difficulty capturing the superhero-like life of Israel Idonije....

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Football

NFL Closeup -- Nick Foles

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster in Philadelphia this season for Nick Foles, but once he established himself as the Eagles’ starter, it’s been a ride he’s enjoyed....

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Let your actions speak

"Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2 Johnny Manziel, you don’t have to point fingers and brag. You’re...

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Football

NFL Closeup: Josh McCown

From the backup quarterback in the NFL to high school quarterbacks coach to starting quarterback in the NFL, Josh McCown has taken the unconventional route back to pro football. But...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Sharing our hope

(Originally published in Sports Spectrum's April 2013 DigiMag) We heard the same sermon twice on the Wednesday night we went to West Monroe, La.—and both were unexpected. We had just...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Tony Romo's Greatest Success

"Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Christ Reflector

“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30 Fresno State quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Derek Carr said his faith in Christ was the No. 1 thing in...

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Football

Giving A Way Of Life

To whom much is given, much is required. Nicole Jennings says those words with a deep passion, referencing Luke 12:48, which is also the motto for the Greg Jennings Foundation....

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Freely pardoned

On Nov. 14, the Nebraska Board of Pardons will decide whether to pardon former Heisman Trophy winner and University of Nebraska great Johnny Rodgers for a felony he committed in...

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Football

Back to Fresno

The phone rang. It was sometime in 2008 and Pat Hill, then Fresno State’s football coach, was calling to see how David Carr, the oldest of son of Rodger and...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Built for Pittsburgh

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15 (ESV) The success of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates, who broke...

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NFL Closeup -- David Akers

Each time David Akers was cut by his last two NFL teams, his departure oddly followed deep runs by his teams in the playoffs. It didn’t deter him from continuing...

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NFL Closeup -- Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson, one of the top rookies in the NFL last season while guiding the Seattle Seahawks to the second round of the playoffs, had Seattle off to a fast...

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Featured

Airing it Out -- Someone else's responsibility?

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 Parents, in general, rear their children to get an education, excel at...

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Featured

Starting Anew

Ben Pike will not be charging into “The Swamp” on Aug. 31 when the University of Toledo opens its football season at the University of Florida. He also won’t be...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Hope-Inspired Moments

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit....

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In the News -- Pittsburgh Pirates

Some are calling it the best story in sports this year. And why not? For 20 straight seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been losers. The Pirates aren’t merely a franchise...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Breaking the Mold

  “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.” Hebrews 11:31 Doug Flutie was someone who didn’t fit the prototypical...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Michael Vick forgives; why can’t you?

If the statement below came from anyone else other than Michael Vick, we would glance over it, miss the potential lesson that we could learn (or be reminded of) and...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Miss Kay, An Example of Patience

“But the fruit of the Spirit is…peace, patience...” Galatians 5:22 Kay Robertson looked out in the parking lot of the place she was working and saw her husband, Phil, slumped...

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Who's Al?

As Willie Robertson sits at his desk, signing what appears to be posters or lithographs, his oldest brother, Al Robertson, stands behind the desk, casually placing a new poster or...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Being Open With God

“Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy, in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.” Psalm 143:1 R.A. Dickey, last year’s National League Cy Young winner,...

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Extreme Sports Closeup -- Nik Wallenda

Nik Wallenda, who walked across Niagara Falls in 2012, recently became the first person to walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon...

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NCAA Baseball Closeup -- UCLA Baseball

Before this season, UCLA had won 129 national team titles in athletics—the most by any school—from rarely followed sports like badminton, rowing, and water polo to the more popular sports...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Offending the few

We are a hyper, oversensitive, society that cares about offending a few as opposed to offending the many. And we do it in the name of diversity, tolerance, and, in...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Inspiring Heroes

“Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me!...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Sports, culture, politics – not always bad

I recently wondered if sports as a safe haven, the sanctuary we so often escape to avoid the media’s political boxing match every day, exists any longer because it seems...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- We are limited, but God is not

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Dwelling on joy

“The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3 Major League Baseball knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey had the best year of his career...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Disagreement equals hate?

It’s official. The media is the new czar of morality. Your Bible? They say it’s no longer valid. And what you individually believe? It’s no longer relevant either. If you...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Sovereign control

“Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things...

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What You Don't Know About Duck Dynasty

Willie and Korie ran a church camp before Willie became the CEO of the family business, Duck Commander. Si’s blue plastic cup that he drinks tea out of was given...

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Madly In Love

The note on the headboard of the bed is simple, “Kay, I love you; I always have; I always will; Phil.” But there was more to it than the words...

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Welcome All

Fans of Duck Dynasty may not know that Willie and Korie Robertson are the proud parents of five children (John Luke, Sadie, Will, Bella and Rebecca), that one (Will) is...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- Enduring Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week -- A New Day

“This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: ‘He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Why we stand with Robert Guerrero

When I read about Robert Guerrero getting arrested, all sorts of emotions welled up—at first. Then I read what happened and I thought, “No big deal.” Yes. No. Big. Deal....

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Football, Hunting and Decisions

Phil Robertson called signals, darted, dove, and threw. He wasn’t calling, chasing or hunting ducks, he was quarterbacking Louisiana Tech’s football team against Alabama in 1966. It’s an interesting clip...

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Where Are They Now? -- Charlotte Smith

It is called “The Shot” and, according to ESPNW writer Mechelle Voepel, it is “the most memorable moment in women’s NCAA Tournament history.” That shot, by Charlotte Smith in the...

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Devotional of the Week

Devotion of the Week -- Sin and defeat

“So about three thousand men went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Winning = Happiness?

Mountaintop experience. Overwhelming. Elation. Joy. Happiness. Freedom. Those words would aptly describe the feelings of most players and coaches who win the Super Bowl, the most popular sporting event in...

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Football

Vernon Davis: Lesson Learned

  Vernon Davis had just made a seven-yard catch, and after being tackled he slapped the helmet of a Seattle Seahawks defender that resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Normally...

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Football

Reggie White - Minister of Defense

  Editor's note: This story was originally published in Sports Spectrum's 25-year anniversary issue. To order a copy, please go to www.sportsspectrum.com/sstore/. Reggie White is best remembered as the “Minister...

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Football

Tom Landry - Man of Honor

Editor's note: This story was originally published in Sports Spectrum's 25-year anniversary issue. To order a copy, please go to www.sportsspectrum.com/sstore/.  Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Thomas Wade Landry...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- The Te’o saga, what really went wrong

Odd. Bizarre. Baffling. Strange. Stunning. Mesmerizing. Absurd. Dumbfounding. Crazy. Embarrassing. Weird. Twisted. Can anything truly describe the curiously interesting story surrounding Manti Te’o, the most-decorated football player in Notre Dame’s...

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Football

Roger Staubach - Faithful Leader

Editor's note: This story was originally published in Sports Spectrum's 25-year anniversary issue.  Roger Thomas Staubach. Winner. What more can you say? Here’s a guy who had only one losing...

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Featured

Can Politics, Faith and Athletics Mix?

Some Christians are familiar with the faith of our nation’s Founding Fathers like Samuel Adams, Benjamin Rush and John Jay. They weren’t afraid to express their faith, like when Adams,...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- The way sports should be

With all of the scandals, shootings, ill-advised comments (verbally and in social media), and general negativity surrounding today’s sports world, I wondered if sports had finally lost its safe-haven reputation...

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Coach Of The Year: Mark Richt

Mark Richt told Sports Spectrum that he knew he first wanted to be a coach “when I couldn’t play anymore.” That simple, yet practical, revelation, led Richt on a journey...

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Female Athlete of the Year: Allyson Felix

As Allyson Felix neared the finish of the 200 meters at the London Olympics this past summer, spectators could see that her goal would finally be reached. When she crossed...

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Bringing Liberty To Uganda

Jodi Murphy was recruiting another player when she found out about Natalie Barr. That’s where she found out that her life intersected with Barr’s. They knew they had a passion...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Heart control

  Early on the Saturday morning of Dec. 1, 2012, Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend after shooting her nine times. He then drove approximately five miles to...

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Basketball

NBA Closeup - Jeremy Lin

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9 It was a simple request. Let...

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NCAA Women's Basketball Power Rankings

 1. Baylor: Reigning national champs. Reigning national player of the year Brittney Griner. All five starters return. Need I say more? 2. Connecticut: Perennial national power Uconn is seemingly always...

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Airing it Out

Airing it Out -- What sports lockouts teach us about society

"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5 “And...

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Angelic Host

Angel Goodrich was the key last season in Kansas’ improbable 70-64 upset against third-seeded Delaware, helping the Jayhawks advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament for...

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Airing It Out -- Culture wars

There is a culture war going on and Yunel Escobar is in the middle of it. So is U.S. gymnastics Olympic star Gabby Douglas. The culture war involves an array...

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Training Table -- NCAA Football (Week 5)

Monday “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” Proverbs 21:13 Giving to the Needy When University of...

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Training Table -- Penn State (Week 11)

Monday “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 Living With Accountability One thing that every Christian needs is accountability. Whether it’s a friend, a spouse, a...

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Training Table -- The Tebow Devo (Week 13)

Monday “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that...

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Airing it Out -- Oh, when the Saints go cashing in

"Cart-offs” and “knockouts” aren’t terms that normally produce thoughts of leadership and the NFL. If anything, they make me think of the anything-goes-world of boxing. But that terminology, made infamous...

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2012 Summer Olympics

Stephanie Brown Trafton: 'God has been preparing me for this'

For Stephanie Brown Trafton, a year made a world of difference; not only in the discus ring, but in her personal faith, as well. The track and field standout who...

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Airing It Out -- A true hero

When the Olympics come to mind, I generally think of one thing: track and field, the oldest sport in the Olympics, which date to 776 BC when the first games...

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Musings -- Thoughts from around the world of sports

If you wondered why Kansas City Royals fans were booing New York Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano last night and also on Monday night during the Home Run Derby, it was...

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Musings -- Thoughts from around the world of sports

Musings about the world of sports... Contracts, new jobs, difficult situations, working behind the scenes, slander, forgiveness. Some of that sounds like what people deal with on a regular basis, but...

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Musings - Thoughts from around the world of sports

Musings about the world of sports... * On Sunday, we saw where some zany fan breached "security" at the U.S. Open as they presented Webb Simpson the trophy (read a great...

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With Everything

Jeff and Natalie Storment sacrificed everything, but they couldn’t deny the calling With Everything Jeff and Natalie Storment’s lives had seemingly been changed overnight. Jeff had just become a Christian,...

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NCAA Baseball Profile Closeup (Summer 2012 DigiMag): Mark Appel

Stanford pitcher Mark Appel's unique perspective helps him deal with the pressures of being a big-time athlete at a challenging school with the chances of being a top pick in...

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Airing it Out

Airing It Out -- Wake up, it's dark

"I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city.” – Neal Biderman, CEO of an internet...

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Airing It Out -- From Tebowing to Linsanity

On the surface, it seems kind of crazy that people in the Christian and secular communities have all of a sudden latched themselves to Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin as if...

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2012 Baseball Preview -- Top 10 Starting Pitchers

TOP 10 STARTING PITCHERS 1. Justin Verlander (RHP), Detroit Tigers – Won the American League Cy Young by winning pitching’s Triple Crown (24-5 record, 2.40 ERA, 250 Ks) and will be...

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2012 Baseball Preview -- Top 10 Hitters

TOP 10 HITTERS 1. Matt Kemp, L.A. Dodgers – Many thought Kemp should have been the National League MVP after taking two-thirds of the triple crown (39 HRs, 126 RBIs) and...

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2012 Baseball Preview -- Top 10 Acquisitions

TOP 10 ACQUISITIONS 1. Albert Pujols, L.A. Angels – Biggest acquisition in recent years, for any team. 2. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers – Returning to the city where he watched his father...

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Airing It Out -- Our responsibility

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” Galatians...

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Airing It Out -- Tuck it away, not worth fighting

Seems Justin Tuck created quite a stir, in the secular and Christian community, when he bought each of his Super Bowl-winning New York Giants teammates, coaches and front office staff a...

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The Scapegoat: Dealing with Blame and Defeat

On Championship Sunday, both the AFC and NFC title games were marred by mistakes in the final moments. Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff shanked a game-tying field goal against the...

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From the Archives: Meb Keflezighi

At 36-years-old, Meb Keflezighi won the Olympic marathon trials in Houston last weekend, becoming the oldest man to win the trials. Keflezighi's story below was featured in the Winter 2010...

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Musings: Does God Care About Tim Tebow?

With the recent success that Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos have had since Tebow took over as the starting quarterback, several questions have arisen among believers as well as...

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Sports Spectrum NBA Capsules

ATLANTIC DIVISION BOSTON CELTICS 2010-11 Record: 56-26 (1st in Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division and 3rd in Eastern Conference) Playoff Results: Beat N.Y. Knicks 4-0; Lost to Miami 4-1 in conference semifinals. Outlook: Will be in...

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Top-10 Christian College Athletic Programs

1. Cal Baptist  Although Cal Baptist finished sixth in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup (for the 2010-11 season) for all NAIA schools, behind Azusa Pacific (first) and Fresno Pacific (third), this award is about...

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In the News: Jesse Williams

High jumper Jesse Williams was honored on Tuesday as a recipient of the Jesse Owens Award. This season, Williams became the first American to win a world high jump crown...

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In the News: Landry Jones

From birth, Landry Jones seems to have been groomed to play football and play it at a high level. However, despite setting several school records for the storied University of...

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Devotional of the Week

Finishing Strong

“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist fulfill your ministry.” II Timothy 4:5 New York Yankees great and Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio...

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In the News: Andy Dalton

One morning this season TCU quarterback Andy Dalton received a text from his dad, Greg. “God says that He is with us in the midst of pain,” the text began....

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Overcoming the World

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”...

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Musings: Tebow, Calvillo, Uh-Ohs and the Nicest in the NFL

"Musings" is a column-like blog written by Sports Spectrum Managing Editor Brett Honeycutt. It covers current sports issues and how they relate biblically. *Tim Tebow is now the starter of...

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Living for God

“Moses said to the LORD, ‘O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and...

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Starting Strong and Finishing Strong

“Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.”...

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Airing it Out -- The Whole Story

It was a great story and most of the major print media outlets like ESPN.com, the Associated Press, The New York Times, L.A. Times and Yahoo Sports picked it up...

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