Teamwork

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV) When we work together, common people can achieve uncommon results. There is a story about a man...

Knuckleballs and Knuckleheads

“O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” – Jeremiah 10:23 (ESV)   In the game of baseball, the knuckleball is probably the hardest pitch to throw, hit, and catch. The pitcher doesn’t know where it’s...

Keeping It Simple

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.” - Matthew 6:7 (ESV) As a junior varsity football coach, I quickly learned the importance of keeping things simple. One of my goals each...

So, You Want to Be a Leader?

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7 (ESV) “What does a leader look like?” That was the question I asked the team as we began our morning practice session....

Misplaced Focus

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for...

In the Trenches

“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you, must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew...

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Accountability

Accountability

“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12 “What are you doing!” When coach asked that very loud question, each player in the room prayed his name wouldn’t be spoken in the next sentence. “What in the world were you thinking Charlie?”...

Faith Over Fear

Faith Over Fear

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) I’ve had the opportunity to coach many young boys who are playing contact football for the first time. The level of enthusiasm is always high as they report for that...

By Faith

By Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” – Hebrews 11:1-2 (ESV) By faith, Gabby Douglas persevered and overcome adversity to become an Olympic Champion. In her...

A Glad Heart

A Glad Heart

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” – Proverbs 15:13 (ESV) I had a conversation with a parent recently in which she told a story of a coach who was screaming at her son’s baseball team after a loss. She couldn’t believe...

Thanks Dad

Thanks Dad

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” – Psalm 103:13 (ESV) I wouldn’t call my father a sport’s dad, but he was certainly attentive to and supportive of my interests in sports. As one of five children, every...

How Did We Get Here?

How Did We Get Here?

“Narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:14 “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.” This paraphrase from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, usually makes me smile and laugh a little to myself. That happens when...

Be The Light

Be The Light

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden” – Matthew 5:14 Have you ever been to an evening athletic event? Sure you have. It may be difficult for many to comprehend, but before the advent of stadium lights, games were only played during...

Stop Fertilizing the Weeds!

Stop Fertilizing the Weeds!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy —think about such things." – Philippians 4:8   2 Timothy paints a bleak...

What If Everyone Were Like You?

What If Everyone Were Like You?

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” - 1 Corinthians 12:21 People are hungry for live sports as we navigate through our present pandemic existence. This certainly had a part to play in the much...

Giving Your All

Giving Your All

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:5 As a coach, I’ve always been interested in how to motivate athletes. How do you get them to willingly give 100% on every play. How do you get them to buy...