pastoral running

Kent Shaffer delivers seven quick biblical lessons about running. That doesn’t necessarily mean that great runners turn out to be great ministers or vice versa. But at least there are interesting guidelines for people engaged in both fields.


Alternatives to Halloween

Mary Fairchild lists 10 Christian Alternatives to Halloween.

The most sporting suggestion
is to organize a skate party at a local skate park or arena.

The most protestant suggestion
is to have Reformation Day parties. Dress up as your favorite Reformation character, play games maybe some trivia challenges.


Trinity Laterals

Maybe you think Trinity is incomprehensible, but what Trinity University came up with in this SCAC title game is definitely unbelievable. The players themselves cannot but kneel down after that touchdown to pray.


John DeFendis blessed by God

John DeFendis will be inducted into the WBBG Hall of Fame for his contributions to the fitness industries. David Robson spoke with John on the eve of his induction and they discussed his life as one of the world’s best bodybuilder’s and top personal trainers. Here you’ll find the divine highlights:

On workout

“It was those seemingly endless moments in the gym that were responsible for the person that I have become: one that truly respects life, our God (probably because I was blessed to live through those moments), our journey and the legacy that we will leave behind.”

On lifesaving

“My mother had some serious health problems and also weighed over 300 pounds. At 16 years of age I helped her and she lost over 180 pounds. It was a defining moment in my life. It was God’s message to me. God was giving me the ticket to my mission in life, which was to help others to become healthier, and to live a better quality of life.”

On secrets

“What are the secrets to your success as a bodybuilder and personal trainer? – God’s will: My passion, persistence, knowledge, experience and ability to visualize a goal and go after it.”

On goals

“What are your future goals? – To continue the mission that God has given me…”


God at the World Series

An Online Newshour about Poet Karen Zaborowski Duffy who has been a high school English teacher for 20 years. She’s been a Philadelphia Phillies fan for even longer. Although her beloved team is not in this year’s World Series, she shares a poem about being at the event years ago with her daughter, starting:

“Even God, I think, is here,
so high up in the stands…”