Springtime is here. The buds are blooming, the temperature is warming, and allergies are surging. It is also the beginning of one of the year's most profound and powerful religious seasons: I'm talking Baseball.
Life doesn't turn out the way we expect it to be. Yet, perhaps we hide in those expectations. Perhaps we hide from today in the plans for tomorrow. Today, however, is not only a bridge to tomorrow. It is a springboard to eternity.
Survive and advance is one mantra of teams in the NCAA basketball tournament culminating in the Final Four. One strategy for churches struggling in a sports-obsessed culture may be a similar strategy: Adapt and advance.
In the Church of Baseball, there are a million different kinds of strike-outs, homeruns, curve balls, fastballs, bunts, stolen bases, pitching changes, errors, pop outs, grounders and foul balls. And without a doubt, every season will have its share of rain delays.
Regardless of creed, crank, and even creatine in some cases, it's not uncommon to find people mixing religion and riding and subsequently discovering a unique spiritual and physical reciprocity.
I'm doing what little I can to try and reverse the bad information and theology that leads Christians to think you can "pray the gay away," or use the Bible to justify treating gay people like second class citizens. But you Tim, you could do so much.
I used to think that Aaron was a pretty smart person. After all, they don't make you the High Priest of the whole Jewish people unless you are a pretty capable person. But now I believe he was an amateur -- at least at the art of making excuses. You can't compare him to Lance Armstrong.
What has changed is that the views of right-wing Christians are now officially out of step with the growing majority of Americans -- including, apparently, Tim Tebow.
In the immediate aftermath of the Super Bowl, a reporter asked Lewis, "How does it feel to be a Super Bowl Champion?" He responded "When God is for you, who can be against you?" This sets up a dangerous dualistic approach where you're either on God's side or not.
Clergy push for gun control laws, the fallout over preist abuse in the Los Angeles Catholic church, the bishops' Super Bowl bet, atheist church, Islam in France grows and more in the latest religion reads.
There is value in using the Super Bowl as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. But as a society we should be mindful of the cult-like traits of groupthink, tribalism and consumerism.
English and French Catholic bishops weigh in on same-sex marriage, a report on modesty squads in Orthodox Brooklyn, God and the Super Bowl, Mike Huckabee and more in today's religion reads.
American Catholics and Protestants come to a major agreement, Sin City apparently is also megachurch city, gay and atheists in the Boy Scouts, plus God and the Super Bowl in today's religion reads.
I'm not trying to be flippant about faith, but if the total viewership for the Super Bowl in 2012 was an estimated 113 million, and we all know that the Super Bowl will dominate television sets this coming weekend, don't you think God might want to see what the hubbub is all about?
In recognition of the importance of repentance and judging others with the benefit of the doubt, I wish Delmon Young the best in Philadelphia. I don't suspect he will find himself getting in trouble again since I wholeheartedly believe he learned his lesson well.
Like many, I started running while in college to get in shape and lose a few pounds. Later, during long-distance training, I realized that while the physical benefits were obvious and welcome, the spiritual benefits of running were just as beneficial to me.