Posts Tagged ‘college football’

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Football & the Gospel…

In seminary, I discovered I had a problem (among many):  I took college football way too seriously.  I suppose I can blame my dad’s side of the family for this condition, as it is hard to not become indoctrinated in this Saturday religion while attending games at one of the largest football worship centers in the nation:  Neyland Stadium at The University of Tennessee.  My commitment to worship of the pigskin was furthered by attending the University of Georgia.  Football, of course, is best in the Southeast.

Anyway, back to self-discovery…In 2002 UGA had an awesome team and were poised to make a run at the National Championship.  That was, until, they lost one solitary game toward the end of the season.  Once again, UGA lost to the University of Florida – even though UGA should have won.  Or at least were suppose to that year.  We were so depressed that we dreamt about the game that night and then skipped church due to our morosity.  That’s not such a big deal, unless what you are training to do for a living largely centers on a different type of worship held on a different weekend day!  That was a turning point for me…no more could my passion for college football consume my passion for worship of the Triune God and my Savior.

I still care greatly about college football.  I am still as big a fan as one could be, but I won’t let it occupy the supreme place in my heart.  So, this past Saturday, when UGA got absolutely demolished by the University of Alabama I allowed myself to be bummed about the game while it was unfolding, but once it was over – it was over.  The next morning, I had the joy of preaching God’s Word to those gathered in worship and one of the things that I got to talk about was the Gospel.  In fact, I told the congregation that one of the most powerful ways that we can respond to those who reject the Gospel is by our growing more in love with and in awe of the Gospel.  And though I did not say it, the message I was preaching to myself is that the football game is just that.  It is not the Gospel.  It is not the Gospel!  Wall Street might collapse and economic hell ensue, but it is not the Gospel.  Our cars may/will break down again, but it is not the Gospel!  This is the perspective that I was preaching to myself Saturday night as I busied myself, hoping for an epic comeback that did not materialize.  And it is the message I taught our congregation.

What crowds the Gospel out of your life?  And what are you preaching to your heart to counter the false worship that comes so naturally?

Incredible Play

Whether you are a fan of football or not, I think you could appreciate the beauty of this play from over the weekend:

To fully appreciate what Knowshon Moreno did, check out the frame by frame photography of what has been dubbed “the leap” in UGA circles here.

Quick Hitter: College Football Helmet Quiz

The opening of College Football is about a month away!  If you know me, then you know that I am excited about this.  And I am here to help get you ready and exercise your brain at the same time.  Click here to download an excel spreadsheet that contains your College Football Helmet Quiz and then let me know how you did (in the comment section).  For the record, I only missed one and was disappointed with myself, of course.  I also had some spelling hangups (speaking of which, for some reason I couldn’t spell Helmet correctly when I began this post…I was spelling it “Helmut” and knew this didn’t look right.  That would be a very different quiz – German leaders?)

Don’t read the comments until you’ve taken the quiz!

(HT:  An Opinion on Sports)