On Feb. 5, Senior Airman Jamie Walden enlisted the help of friends and co-workers at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to make a video to convince the Denver Broncos quarterback to come with her to a military ball Continue reading →
Tebowing with Afghan kids is clearly an evangelical activity that must be pulled from the site with reprimands for the troop involved. The NFL game is misappropriation of government resources — and any Marine will tell you his body is a government resource.
Tebow is now immortalized along with two other alumni Heisman winners in a 17,000 pound bronze statue. The life-size statue is an “accurate” depiction of the new NFL player — including the sometimes-controversial “John 3:16″ on his eye blacks. The Christian Post reports the University of Florida has indicated support for the statues has been “overwhelmingly positive.”
In the pattern of Tim Tebow, a local article documents the faith of Andy Dalton, the long-running quarterback of the TCU Horned Frogs. After an already championship season (including a handy defeat of Air Force), Dalton’s finale was leading TCU to win the Rose Bowl on New Years Day — but, Dalton’s “legacy” is more than football.
But Dalton will not only leave a massive football legacy behind at TCU, he’ll leave a spiritual mark as well. Continue reading →
Though he was not the only player to do so, former Florida Gator Tim Tebow made famous the practice of using his eyeblacks for communicating a message. The NCAA football rules committee has now decided to ban the practice, leading some to dub it the “Tebow Rule.”
Under some interpretations, the practice of putting such text anywhere on the sports uniform was already prohibited, and the rules committee “clarified” that prohibition to include the players’ eyeblacks.
The National Prayer Breakfast was already a controversial event this year, as at least one group had urged President Obama to skip the annual event attended by sitting Presidents for the past few decades.
He chose to attend, but he did not avoid controversy. He addressed the concerns of those who did not want him to attend by specifically speaking against a law about homosexuals in Uganda. The normally smooth orator also managed to mispronounce a military rank, calling a Navy medic a “corpse-man” rather than a “corpsman” (properly pronounced “core-man”) (not once, but three times), and he expressed the thought that non-theists Continue reading →
In several articles on this site, the premise has been repeated that true religious freedom is not the suppression of differing ideas, but the encouragement of them. Sometimes this is a cautionary tale to Christians who feel that other religions should not have the same freedoms as Christians. More often, however, it is a rebuttal to those who would silence or restrict Christians in order to avoid offense or exposure to a differing moral stance.
Hugh Hewitt has a similar explanation on his site, in his criticisms of those who criticized CBS for allowing Tim Tebow and his mother to air a “Celebrate Life” ad during the SuperBowl:
Most people of faith are strong proponents of religious liberty because they are very acquainted with the stories of religious persecution in almost every other part of the globe. The answer to religious intolerance Continue reading →
This site has previously documented the public faith of Tim Tebow, the unquestionably talented Florida quarterback who led his team to championships and wore his faith on his life, as well as his eye blacks. He has been lauded for publicly living out his faith in his “profession.”
A recent set of articles bemoaned the lack of a “separation of church and sports” in the United States, an idea espoused by those who are tired of players “mixing” their faith and their athletics (see Tim Tebow, Fisher Deberry, Tony Dungy, Chad Hennings, etc.)
Time magazine recently covered the subject from a different perspective. In “God and Football” they cover the various roles of Chaplains in the NFL. Some of the comments are oddly similar to those faced by Chaplains and religious adherents in the military. Continue reading →