I like sports.

So when I heard about a book by C.J. Mahaney that was all about sports, I ordered it immediately.

Mahaney writes, “Sports are a gift from God. But as soon as you introduce the human heart, things get complicated.” In this short book (I read it in about half an hour), he explains how Christians should enjoy sports while avoiding the idolatry that can be an inherent temptation. He explains what it means to play for the glory of God and offers several practical tips on how to be a grateful, humble servant athlete.

I would have like to see him write more about competitiveness and how this characteristic is not necessarily a vice. We can glorify God when we strive for competitive excellence. Trying hard to win is not a bad thing. Then again, you can’t hope that C.J. will address everything having to do with sports in a 50-page pamphlet.

All in all, Don’t Waste Your Sports would be a helpful read for any athlete, coach, parent of an athlete, or fan.

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Maranatha and Art

January 3, 2011

I was reading some in A Layman’s Guide to Protestant Theology tonight when I came across this sentence:

“Compared to the medieval preoccupation with life after death, the Renaissance was relatively uninterested in the subject.”

The first place my mind went after reading this was Christians and the arts. There is a fundamental problem when we get so caught up in the things of this life – even beautiful things – that we forget to think with an eternal perspective. Whether you are a full-fledged Christian artist or casual movie viewer, we must look at art through the lens of eternity. No matter how beautiful any work of art may be, it is not better than what awaits us.

The Renaissance may have been uninterested in life after death, but confidence in the resurrection and an imminent expectation of the return of Christ helped the early church turn the world upside down.

“Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13 ESV)

His glorious appearing is our hope.