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What Do Americans Pray for? Themselves. And Maybe a Sports Team
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, accor ...

Barack Obama, 'A Bear On The Loose,' Breaks Free From White House
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:23pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Meagan Fitzpatrick ...

Fans Rely on God, Rituals to Boost Favorite Team
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Most Americans don’t think God or the devil will be picking the NFL playoff winners this weekend or any other sports champions. Most Americans don’t think God or the devil will b ...

St. Louis Archdiocese Orders End to Alcohol at Youth Events
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is putting an end to alcohol sales at youth-related events. The Archdiocese of St. Louis is putting an end to alcohol sales at youth-related events. ...

The Thrill of the Race
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

What I have found at the Speedway (never “Indy”) is similar to the best faith moments I have had: pure experience, no pretense, no whining, a clear focus on what matters, never for sale to high bidders, never ...

Ultimate Passion: Q&A With Ultimate Frisbee Star Brodie Smith
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Even with the infiltration of high school sports, college teams, and semi-professional clubs, Ultimate is, for the most part, faceless, with the exception of one man: Brodie Smith. ...

The Spirituality of Sports and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

I like Wallis’s three rules, but I think there is an important one missing when it comes to the common good. If the common good is for everyone, then how do we treat the team that loses? And if we happen to lo ...

March Madness and How To Love Thy Rival
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Here’s an example of how Jesus ruined sports for me. Watching sports is not as much fun as it used to be. I blame Jesus for that, because  he just had to say : “Love thy ...

High Appreciation or Holy Adoration? The Slippery Slope of Sports
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The differences between high appreciation and holy adoration are often subtle, yet they require our deep recognition, resilient consideration, and careful navigation. I love spor ...

The Religious Roots of the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

When the Summer Olympics opened in London, there was a version of a religious ritual in the Olympic oath, procession of athletes and lighting of the flame. This was no accident because the modern Olympics have ...

The Faith of Four U.S. Women Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

The 2012 Olympic games are approaching quickly. This Friday, over 10,000 athletes will gather in London to celebrate athleticism and competition in 26 sports. While the hype of an event like this may drive ath ...

GODSPEED: Religion at the Olympics, from Greece to London
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

What began in ancient Greece as a festival to honor a single god, Zeus, has now become an almost Olympian task, as organizers of the games navigate dozens of sacred fasts, religious rituals and holy days. The ...

Olympics Won’t Include Memorial Moment for Murdered Israelis
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 6:29am | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Despite international pressure — including support from both U.S. presidential candidates — the International Olympic Committee has refused to include a moment of silence at Friday's (July 27) ...

Ramadan Fast Poses Challenge for Muslim Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

This year, more than 3,000 Muslim athletes will compete in the Olympics, but many will not fast, a decision that has been sanctioned by religious authorities. While Muslims are increasingly common on Western t ...

Church Softball League Calls a Foul on Bisexual Pastor
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

"It seems like my sexuality doesn't have anything to do with how my congregation plays softball," Darnell said. "It's frustrating because this is who is representing Christianity in ou ...

Conservatives Go After ‘NASCAR Christian’ Vote
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Back in John Kerry’s ill-fated 2004 presidential campaign, Democrats tried to attract so-called “NASCAR Dads” – white, working-class, mainly Southern fellows – to try to blunt George W. Bush’s re-election and show folks that Kerry was not a wealthy ...

NFL Salary Increase Ten Times the Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

Two things to consider: 1) On Sunday, the NFL announced that it had increased the salary cap for athletes by $225,000. Last year, players could make $120.375 million dollars per year; this year they can make $120.6 million. 2) The income requireme ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Students protest cafetera food, the art of snowboarding in LED, one man a capella showtunes, spoof street artist Hanksy, and more! Plus, an Animal Extravaganza: Maddie the Coonhound travels the country, remark ...

Jeremy Lin and Jesus: A Round Up
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Jeremy Lin has been all the hype this week, but in case you’re still not familiar with him, or are still navigating the waters, we’ve rounded up some of the best coverage of Lin and his faith from the past wee ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 15, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

A look at Poster Cred, the Seattle-based art project, Jesse Eisenberg shares his favorite memories of growing up with Jeremy Lin, "Food Rules," by Michael Pollan is born in stop animation, the new fi ...

The Lin-carnation of Tim Tebow?
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

They're both young, successful professional athletes who are outspoken about their Christian faith. But are the comparisons between Tebow and Lin really valid? Tim Tebow ref ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama Budget: National Debt Will Be $1 Trillion Higher In A Decade Than First Forecast President Obama on Monday unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan that seeks to pump billions of dollars into the economy while raising taxe ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

President Obama helps an eighth-grader shoot a "Marshmallow Air Cannon" at the White House Science Fair. Watch art come to life with a little fire. Banksy art spotted on the streets of New Orleans. J ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

Super Bowl inforgraph, and a collection of notable commercials from years past. Take a look at radio Tanzania, and see a baby with some serious ping pong potential. And finally, take a look at some good music ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

In preparation for tomorrow’s show in Punxsutawney , discover a few things you may not know about the February occasion in the video, “ Groundhog Day Explained .” http://youtu.be/7-Nl4JFDLOU Stephen Colbert sits down with Icelandic mu ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Jan. 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The 2012 Puppy Bowl is almost here! Which means the always adorable kitten halftime show is too. Here’s a ton of pictures if this year’s cuddly kittens from the backstage taping at Animal Planet . See the final moments of last yea ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Looking at reality TV’s latest sensation: All American Muslim, stories of Missouri's Chocolate University harvesting more than cocoa beans, exploring the terms behind the latest anti-bullying legislation, ...

Basketball Underdogs: The Afghanistan National Team
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. Somehow every couple of years, patr ...

Is a Boycott of Murdoch and News Corp. Possible?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

With the scandal around Rupert Murdoch growing by the day, a full-fledged boycott of News Corp. has been launched on the internet, according to the Washington Post. With the ...

Can Mindfulness Be Tweeted?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

I attended a basketball game this winter at the University of Maryland, accompanied by an intern at my workplace, a man in his twenties. I attended a basketball game this winter ...

Congressman Weiner and the Rules of Decent Behavior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/26/zero-tolerance-trump-schwarzenegger-and-strauss-kahn/" target="_blank">the following in response</a> ...

Zero Tolerance: Trump, Schwarzenegger, and Strauss-Kahn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's a constant storyline in the media involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: Men behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women -- using and ab ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

'Dad, What is Rape?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Super Bowl was a good football game and the team I liked best won -- the Green Bay Packers. The team is owned by its city, not some narcissistic rich guy, and I like that. The ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

Football and Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

All around the United States, high school and college football teams are beginning to practice for the fall season. All around the United States, high school and college footba ...

The Ultimate Insult? Call a Man a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I am not a hockey fan. I am the wife of a long-suffering Cubs fan, and by marriage I have learned all I know about baseball, football, and basketball from my husband. I am not a h ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Somebody sent that sign to my wife Joy and she promptly put it up outside right next to our front door. It's true -- our family now organizes life around baseball. Somebody s ...

Pro Baseball Players Join Protest of Arizona Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Professional sports and political issues have traditionally remained separate. But the new immigration law in Arizona is closing that divide. Professional sports and political is ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

The Darkness of Easy Hate and the Light of Easter's Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598909340_QiDdc"></a>Hate is easy and the domain of the lazy. This insight came in the ...

'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from The New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of "evangelical ...

Champions of Justice
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dave Zirin Athletes have long flexed their muscles against racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice. The n ...

More Than A Game
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dave Zirin Black athletes have shown the way for sports activism. An interview with Harry Edwards. During th ...

A League of God's Own
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joe Murchison At age 29, Don McClanen founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Five ministries later, McClanen -- now 83 -- continues ...

The Real Meaning of Sports
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Baseball has changed our family's life. This issue of Sojourners focuses on sports, faith, ...

Olympic Injustice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been following the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/13/new.zealand.brothel.olympics/index.html#soundoff" target="_blank">news story</a> of Ne ...

The Other March Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Well, March Madness is now over. Well, March Madness is now over. Every year around this time, there's a disturbing report or two highlighting the low graduation rates of Afr ...

Is A-Rod Forgiveable?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Over brunch with my husband and one of my best guy friends last weekend, conversation turned, as it does, to Major League Baseball, doping and the nature of sin.</p> Over br ...

Baseball, Football, and George Carlin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Comedian <a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?_r=1&amp;ref=obituaries&amp;oref=slogin" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?_r ...