Blog Posts on Life of the Body

The World’s Greatest Game

Daniel Souza

I have to confess, I was giddy when I got out of bed yesterday morning.

It was borderline embarrassing. As I made my first cup of coffee, and the house was quiet, I stood there laughing at myself and simultaneously thinking, “Why am I so excited about such a trivial thing?!”

You see, the World Cup has begun — and I am Brazilian. That might not mean much to you,…

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Strengthen Your Faith Through Physical Exercise

Jonathan Parnell

Both bodies and souls are important to the Christian.

We know that God created humans with these two interconnected parts, and that the health (or sickness) of one can influence the health (or sickness) of the other. God made us and redeems us as whole persons, and it’s a Christian distinctive to care about it all — not just the soul, but the soul and body.

But valuable as both…

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Putting Golf in Its Place

David Mathis

It only takes a few bars of “Augusta” to confirm that spring is here. There is a promise of new life in the sound of the Masters theme song and the sight of electric green grass at Augusta National. The sun has risen in Georgia on the just and unjust and soon will come our way as well.

The game of golf has tied itself to the beauty…

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Erik Thoennes on the Christian and Sport

David Mathis

Playfulness is vital to healthy Christianity, says pastor and professor Erik Thoennes. “To be a Christian means to take God very seriously, but not ourselves.”

The great source of Christian playfulness is God himself, and the lavishness of his creation kindness and redeeming grace. Toss in some good healthy competition — and yes, competition can be good and healthy — and you have a recipe for sport and athletics.

For…

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March Madness, Athletic Achievement, and Christians in Competitive Sports

Matt Reagan

Are athletic achievement and fierce competition sheer madness for the Christian?

It’s a question essential not just for the celebrated Tim Tebows and Jeremy Lins, but also to a handful of unknown Christians playing in this weekend’s NCAA Tourney, and thousands (if not millions) of Christians worldwide engaged in highly skilled and highly competitive athletics.

Achievement and competition are two related, but distinct, topics for the Christian. What follows is…

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Know a Christian Who Seems to Love Movies More Than Jesus?

John Piper

What should you do if you know someone who seems to be more excited about movies than Jesus?

Many professing Christians give little evidence of valuing Jesus more than the latest movie they have seen. Or the latest clothing they bought. Or the latest app they downloaded. Or the latest game they watched. Something is amiss.

We are not God and cannot judge with certainty and precision what’s wrong. There…

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Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why (Part 1)

John Piper

[Read Part 2]

Glen Bloomstrom, the Campus Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Leadership Development at Bethlehem College and Seminary, asked me to write something for his students about my life-long commitment to physical exercise. So here’s my attempt.

First, a disclaimer: Some godly people who exercise regularly and eat well drop dead at every age. And some sedentary overeaters live to be ninety. Our days are set by God,…

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Are You Frustrated with Your Local Church?

Jonathan Parnell

By grace, Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow…

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Disability Helps Protect the Church from Lukewarmness

John Knight

Rarely does disability elicit an indifferent response:

  • Joni Eareckson Tada wanted to kill herself.1
  • I entirely rejected God as good, kind, merciful and purposeful.
  • Even families who fully embrace God as sovereign over all things must now deal with a new reality that raises hard questions.

And this can be a helpful thing for a local church. God has strong feelings about being lukewarm:

I know your works: you…

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