THIS IS EPISODE 20 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Louie Giglio is the pastor of Passion City Church and the founder of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus.
Since 1997, Passion has gathered collegiate-aged young people in events across the U.S. and around the world. Most recently, Passion 2017 gathered more than 55,000 students in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome in one of the largest collegiate gatherings in its history.
Louie is a passionate sports fan, who lives and dies with his Auburn Tigers football team. He’s also a huge fan of Atlanta sports, including the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons. Giglio pastors tons of athletes in their walk with Jesus Christ and even started Passion City Church with a former NFL kicker, Todd Peterson.
Giglio has authored four books including “The Comeback,” “The Air I Breathe,” and his latest “Goliath Must Fall.”
Louie and his wife Shelley make their home in Atlanta.
On this episode of the podcast, Louie Giglio shares why he began the Passion movement, planting a church at 50 years old, his love for the Auburn Tigers, why he wrote “Goliath Must Fall” and whether or not he’s gotten over the Falcons Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.
2:30 – On getting over the Falcons loss to the Patriots at Super Bowl 51
5:25 – Planting a church at the age of 50 with former NFL kicker Todd Pederson.
11:15 – On Sports and Faith melting together
14:15 – Can famous athletes be plugged in a local church?
21:30 – His love for the Auburn Tigers
24:05 – Attending the U.S. Open Golf Championship
28:30 – Why he started the Passion movement and his heart for college age kids.
33:05 – Writing “Goliath Must Fall”
40:00 – His biggest struggle right now.
43:15 – What God is teaching him right now
“I don’t think Atlanta is ever going to get over that loss to the Patriots.”
“I did chapel for the Falcons the night before the Super Bowl. You feel a lot of pressure if you’re that guy. You win, it’s awesome. You lose, you don’t want to hear from him again.”
“At 45 years old, God starts nudging my heart to say ‘I want you to plant a local church’ ”
“Those are the key things in life — hear, understand and obey — to hear God, understand what he is saying and to obey what he is saying.”
“A lot of times, a parent or spouse or friend will say something and we’ll just assume that this is God speaking over our life. We have to be careful about how much weight we let people’s opinions have over our life.”
“I have a heart for people in sports, especially at the highly competitive level.”
“Is this my faith, or is this my parents faith or my youth pastor’s faith? It’s the most critical question that any of us ask in life.”
“To be able to serve and pour into these young people. To serve, believe in them, champion them and challenge them. This is the great calling in life.”
“He’s already done enough. Your Giant may be big, but it’s not bigger than Jesus.”
“The antidote to fear isn’t really courage, the antidote to fear is faith and the antidote to faith is worship.”
“I ended up in a pit of depression and anxiety. Didn’t leave the house for weeks and weeks. Couldn’t function at all.”
“I choose to rejoice in the weaknesses because when I am weak, then I am strong.”
“God is reminding me that he is the same God that has done it once and can do it again.”
Louie’s new book “Goliath Must Fall” is available now everywhere books are sold.
You can reach Louie on instagram @LouieGiglio.