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After the announcement of Nike’s deal with former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his critics continue to focus on the means of his protest instead of looking at the problem he’s been protesting. […] Read More

It’s time for a national conversation about football. The facts are irrefutable now; U.S. football causes long-term and irreversible brain damage in many players. Anyone who doesn’t know this simply hasn’t been paying attention. And in some cases, that brain damage has probably led to violent behavior, including suicides and murders, which probably would not […] Read More

I must confess: I rarely watch the Super Bowl. I am usually on a plane (with very few others, mercifully) when the big game comes on. I am used to hearing the score from pilots, and I always wonder if they are really watching in the cockpit. I am not a great football fan, far […] Read More

I have always found watching sports of any kind boring, but I have assumed that others legitimately found real pleasure in it and simply avoided it myself. Eventually, I began to consider whether organized college, university, professional and amateur sports might have a dark side worthy of critique. I have noticed some. Having admitted my […] Read More

Like the people of ancient times, we still struggle with false gods. Today’s false gods come in the form of money, sexual gratification, fancy homes, political power, romantic love, financial security, our looks, impressive job titles, a collection of some sort, cars, guns and invitations to exclusive gatherings. I could go on. But one of […] Read More

The Jumbotron at Soldier Field, visible from our condo window, offers a colorful set of images on Sundays when the Chicago Bears are at home. It displays more liturgical colors than can the devotees of other religions still trying to attract worshippers on what Christians used to call “the Lord’s Day.” In this scandal-filled football […] Read More

“Look! Our first football cover!” was the first word I heard on my first sighting of religion in public life for Sightings after a month of pause. “Football: The Moral Hazard,” words superimposed on a football game photo, was the first relevant sight during my late summer visit to my editorial home-away-from-home, The Christian Century […] Read More

(RNS) Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno is out in the university’s burgeoning sex abuse scandal, and comparisons to the Roman Catholic Church’s own abuse scandals are in. “The parallels are too striking to ignore. A suspected predator who exploits his position to take advantage of his young charges. The trusting colleagues who don’t want […] Read More

We have a very good football team at Fitzgerald High School this year; the Purple Hurricanes are 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Georgia AA classification. Head Coach Robbie Pruitt and several of the players are members of the church that I serve as pastor. We have good reason to be proud of the […] Read More

A series of commercials touting Southern Baptists’ ministries to “the least of these” blanketed much of the Bible belt during prime-time college football bowl games this week. An ad developed by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee highlighted ways Southern Baptists are “making a difference” through the SBC’s unified budget, the Cooperative Program, focusing on […] Read More