Outreach in an ESPN World

Eric Tiansay is a freelance writer and he interviewed nine churches about their sports ministry. The structure of this article is very meaningful:

Introduction – Virtually any American is involved in sports, says Rodger Oswald, founder of Church Sports International.

Obsession … or Outreach Opportunity? – Kerry Wilkerson thinks the apostle Paul would – following 1. Corinthians 9:22 – be heavily involved in sports ministry.

Calling All Kids – “Sports ministry is an effective tool to reach children with the Gospel”, says Caz McCaslin, founder and president of Upward Unlimited.

Winning Extreme Youth – to achieve this just bring Christian skaters from Glory Skateboards to do a skate outreach in the church’s parking lot.

Activating Adults – start a partnership with In His Grip Golf Association and offer Bible Studies in the off-season.
You can get a sports coordinator for your church and Fellowship of Christian Athletes pays half the salary.

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NFL Europa R.I.P.

After 16 years of great games in Europe
NFL Europa has to cease operations.
The Prophet laments:

“The righteous perish,
and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
while no one understands.
For the righteous are taken away from calamity,
and they enter into peace;
those who walk uprightly
will rest on their couches.”

Isaiah 57:1-2


Mister Wong Groups

What makes Mister Wong special is its Group feature. You can huddle around a more or less specific topic with more or less like-minded Wongers. I just started a group named “closed beta” to share reviews like this.


Mister Wong starting closed beta test

I have been officially invited to try out Mister Wong as a Beta tester. In March Mister Wong did not yet take part in my social bookmarking test. Even today combining the tags “sport spirituality” does not deliver any results on So today is the first day of me entering the wongiverse.

Step # 1 Sign up for free
Sounds meaningful and easy but turns out to be a disaster: Your username must have “At least 2 characters and up to 12” Hey, PlayersPrayers has 14 characters and works as a username on virtually any web2.0 application. As I am a friendly guy with a lot web2.0 affiliation I accept that restriction and omit the E’s of my username which is a good practice on the modern web.
The rest of the sign up procedure ran smoothly now I may finally wong.


Physiological Differences between the Sexes

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” And as all men and women are creatures of God so are US Marines. In The Marine Corps Publications Electronic Library one finds an ebook on Physical Fitness Training. Appendix A explains the Physiological Differences between the Sexes. Accepting all Soldiers as heavenly creatures “Leaders must use common sense to help both male and female soldiers achieve acceptable levels of fitness.”