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Hugh Freeze, Liberty University, and the Past and Future of Jerry Falwell's Football Dreams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dec. 22, 1985 When Liberty University, the “largest Christian university in the world,” hired scandal-ridden coach Hugh Freeze in early December to lead its football program, the internet responded with its proprietary blend of glee ...
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The Philadelphia Eagles Get the ‘God Squad’ Treatment
Over at  Christianity Today  I reviewed a new book that examines the Christian faith of the 2017-18 Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles. The intro is below. You can read the rest of  my review here. The annals of football are filled with “God squads,...
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The Philadelphia Eagles Get the ‘God Squad’ Treatment
Over at Christianity Today I reviewed a new book that examines the Christian faith of the 2017-18 Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles. The intro is below. You can read the rest of my review here. The annals of football are filled with “God squads,” t...
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Historical Reflections on Brian Smith's "The Assist"
Last weekend while visiting my home state of Nebraska, I ran into my old high school basketball coach. He was the leader of my school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) huddle group, and is still involved in FCA. Although it's been fifteen years since...
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The Role of Sports Ministries in the NFL Protests
Embed from Getty Images Over at Religion & Politics, I wrote about the connection between Christian sports ministry organizations and the NFL players protesting racial injustice. You can read the piece here: http://religionandpolitics.org/2017/10/17/the-rol...
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How Billy Graham Made Peace With Sunday Sports
Paul Putz Early in his evangelistic career, Billy Graham had a sermon in his repertoire based on Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s classic baseball poem  “Casey at the Bat.”  Delivered in the 1940s and 1950s, it was geared towards a Cold War age of atomic anxiety. T...
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The "High Visibility" Mormon in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Quick note: Since I launched this site in July, I've had new posts on a weekly basis. For the next couple months, however, posts will come less frequently. My wife and I are expecting a baby boy to be born soon. Between that and dissertation work, I won't h...
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Christians and Football, the Early Years
Michigan-Minnesota football game, 1902. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Last week  Christianity Today published an essay on football that I co-authored with Hunter Hampton. The piece looks at how Christians (particularly white Protestants) responded to football ...
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Football, Religion, and Image in Cold War Oklahoma
This guest post comes from Andrew McGregor, who recently received his Ph.D. in history from Purdue University. McGregor's research focuses on the intersection of sports and politics, and he is the founder of the Sport in American History blog . You can foll...
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Standing for Sunday Football, Kneeling for Racial Justice
Photo Credit: Jordan Zirm/ @clevezirm The latest version of the national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick came from the Cleveland Browns. Before a preseason game against the New York Giants on Monday night, twelve Browns players knelt together an...
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