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Voddie Baucham wrote a great article contrasting the acceptance speeches of Michael Jordan and David Robinson at the recent Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
There was a stark difference between the two acceptance speeches. As I listened to the two speeches, all I could think of was the old commercial catchphrase, “Like Mike… If I could be like Mike.” Unfortunately, in this instance, Mike was the last person anyone should aspire to be like. This was definitely not a Michael Jordan highlight. Jordan’s Speech was self-centered, indulgent, arrogant, and at times embarrassing. In contrast, David Robinson rose to the occasion and made a brief, inspiring, encouraging speech (see his speech here) that made his family, his team, and his friends proud.
I encourage you the read the whole article. Baucham highlights the difference a regenerate heart and the Gospel of Christ can make in the life of an athlete.
What about us, the fans, the weekend warriors, the parent, the student-athelete? How do sports and Christianity mix?
Here are a few resources:
- The Reason for Sports: A Christian Fanifesto by Ted Kluck
- Don’t Waste Your Sports DVD with C.J. Mahaney
- Game Day for the Glory of God by Stephen Altrogge
- An Open Letter to Tim Tebow’s Fans by Ted Kluck
- Andy Pettitte and My Confession of Sin by C.J. Mahaney
- Are you Convicted When You Watch Football? I am
- What does it mean practically to keep the Sabbath holy?
- I Love You If… (Conditional Parenting Explored)
- Profiling Christian Masculinity
- Rethinking the Bottom Line