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Faith In The Game

STORIES BY ATHLETES OF FAITH
Faith in the Game is a blog containing submissions by athletes of faith. Each of them was asked one question: Tell us a story about a time when your faith was most present in your life. Rather than tell us about their faith, we asked them to show us. These stories are oftentimes uplifting, and at all times profound, raw, honest, introspective and heartfelt. These are not the sort of stories you hear in a press conference. Some of them take place on the field; others, off it. They are presented without agenda or judgment. On many levels, we think you'll find them fascinating, as they pull up the veil on a side of sports that is rarely revealed but very often present. This blog is moderated by author and father Ben Petrick, a former Colorado Rockies catcher thought to be the only professional athlete to have his career shortened by Parkinson's Disease, along with writer and father Scott Brown. In addition to their professional and family lives, both men are also coaches of youth sports. A selection of the stories they've collected will soon appear in a book, and together they're also working on Ben's autobiography. If you'd like us to email you when new stories appear on the blog, please send us a note at info@imagine-books.net.
  • February 15, 2012 10:57 pm
    And  it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering  of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. — Hebrews 10:10 

When  an athlete comes off the field and says, “God gave us the victory  tonight,” we hope he or she is saying, “I thank God who gave me a  healthy body so I can play at my best; I thank God for my good mind that  allowed me to play alert and with awareness; I thank God for  giving me the hunger to always be at my best.” If that is what the  athlete is saying, then I want to say, “You are absolutely right. Thank  God for all God’s good gifts.”

But if that athlete is saying  God literally guided the football through the uprights for the winning  field goal so that one team would win and the other lose, that man has a  lot to learn about life and about God. 

God is not our personal  weather expert, football strategist, romance matchmaker, or rectifier  of our past mistakes. God is God. God is our Sovereign, not our servant.  — Ron Newhouse View high resolution

    And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. — Hebrews 10:10 
    When an athlete comes off the field and says, “God gave us the victory tonight,” we hope he or she is saying, “I thank God who gave me a healthy body so I can play at my best; I thank God for my good mind that allowed me to play alert and with awareness; I thank God for giving me the hunger to always be at my best.” If that is what the athlete is saying, then I want to say, “You are absolutely right. Thank God for all God’s good gifts.”
    But if that athlete is saying God literally guided the football through the uprights for the winning field goal so that one team would win and the other lose, that man has a lot to learn about life and about God.
    God is not our personal weather expert, football strategist, romance matchmaker, or rectifier of our past mistakes. God is God. God is our Sovereign, not our servant. — Ron Newhouse