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The Misguided Theology of Ray Lewis
There is a reason that I typically don’t write about current events. First of all, the truths we can learn from the events occurring in our world are truths that have been openly touted for centuries. “There is nothing new under the sun,” as the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us. The human condition is such that we can take the lessons learned, often the hard way, by the nation of Israel in the Old Testament and apply it to the nation of America right now. The second reason I tend to shy from writing on these things is that it...
Tebow
The Twisted Tale of Tim Tebow
You gotta like Tim Tebow, even if you don’t like him. Yesterday, ESPN called Tim Tebow, “the most famous second quarterback in the history of the NFL.” The Tebow hype has come back into full swing as the New York Jets try and figure out what to do with the guy they traded for, yet refuse to play.  Skip Bayless loves him…and countless people still want him…except Rex Ryan, his coach.  Sad. Tebow is famous for late comebacks.  He’s not the best quarterback by any means.  He’s not a great passer, or even a good passer. He intelligent, exceedingly gracious…all...
lance armstrong
Lance Armstrong: When To Cut A Hero Loose
It’s being reported that famed American cyclist Lance Armstrong is being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency. He is arguing that has passed all of his tests before.  The USADA says since he did not follow their system of arbitration, he is basically confessing guilt. The best I can figure, (and trust me, blood doping tests are not in my wheelhouse of knowledge), it’s kinda like refusing to take a breathalyzer when you get pulled over by the police for being suspected for driving under the influence. Once you refuse, it’s called...
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Joe Paterno And Villification
I love writing on Provoketive. I’m pretty conservative. And there are people who write on here who are less conservative than me. Good for them. They have a voice. I’m about to write something that may not be very popular. And I’m glad I have a place to write it. Today, several things happened in reaction to the Freeh Report in regards to lack of institutional control at Penn State. Specifically, head coach Joe Paterno’s role in lack of reporting the child molestation that had been occurring for more than a decade there while coach Jerry Sandusky was having his...
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I Won’t Tebow to Your Idol
Tim Tebow brought the pain to my boys in Black and Gold on Sunday night, beating them in overtime with a huge 80 yard bomb that made it the quickest ending to an NFL overtime in history. When it was over, he knelt down and prayed a prayer of thanks. And that act probably caused more arguments on Facebook last night than the actual outcome of the game. On one side, you have the folks who point to Tim Tebow’s success as proof of the sovereignty of God. Who see any criticism of his playing form as a criticism of...
mirror_reflection
What is Reality?
Our American, western culture has become prideful in one aspect that has created a deep unsettling in the mass majority when anything comes to attack it. Reality. For example, reality TV is at an all time high on prime time television…for more and more people are desiring “reality” to be injected into life, all in the name of avoiding hypocrisy. However, reality TV has actually become the most unreliable source of reality our nation has ever seen – yet it’s still highly desired. In fact, it’s so desired that it has become an unhealthy addiction. What really has brought this all...
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Does Tim Tebow Represent Christianity
I love Tim Tebow. There I said it.  But not for the reasons you think.  Tim is not a great football player, as evidenced by his absolute drubbing by the New England Patriots.  Although his statistics as a quarterback have been improving, and his capacity as a leader to instill a competitive fire in his teammates is unquestionable, he’s still young and NOT the second coming of the Messiah.  He’s just a human being who loves the game like a little kid. And that’s what I love about Tim Tebow.  When the millionaire athletes in the NBA couldn’t agree on...
grave_cross
When Life Gets Called Short
As a Razorback fan, I read with sadness as Garrett Uekman, tight end for the #3 ranked Arkansas team was found dead in his dorm room. I’m not sad because I’m a Razorback fan. I’m sad because a young life is gone. I’m sad because when I was a college junior, my roommate, Scott Cook and four other students from my university were traveling back to school, they each fell asleep and were killed in a car accident. They were on their way back from a mission trip. I’m sad because I know that hundreds of students will wake up...
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Learning from Paterno
As most of American society knows, the upheaval at Penn State has brought to the surface many deep emotions – all of which are justifiable. What isn’t exactly justifiable, however, are the choices some are opting to make based on those emotions. Many words have been flying around Facebook, Twitter, blogs and overall mass media about the dissent many hold for Joe Paterno…and even supporters of him. Many of these words have disheartened me due to the fact many of them have come from the fingertips of Christians. As Christians, we’re called to hold fast to a higher standard (His);...
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Happy Valley Under a Cloud
Pennsylvania is reeling under the daily waves of allegations, reports and aftershocks of a decades-long child molestation cover up at Penn State University. Check that: the nation is preoccupied with the news of every parent’s nightmare. Listening to sports radio, I’ve been impressed with the caliber of comments from regular Joe’s who have no patience for the horror of the acts or the cover up by officials. I’m also reminded of the value of conversation in dealing with major crises, the crazy history of riots in our country and the intolerance we have as a common voice for inexcusable acts...
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