Football, Formation, and Faith: Formation Happens Best in the Context of Community.

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Football, Formation, and Faith: Formation Happens Best in the Context of Community.

“On a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.” — Bill Belichick

We’ve often heard the saying, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

And, true while that may be, most communal endeavors – ones that contribute to lasting change – drink from a deeper well.

Team, or teamwork, is like the water that pours from the tap.

The reservoir below the surface is …
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Football, Formation, and Faith, Pt. 3: It’s Always More than Friday Night!

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Pt. 3: How Well We Perform Does Matter, But’s It’s Always More than Friday Night

Every high school football player knows that the goal is to win on Friday night.  That’s why they practice.  They repeat plays and schemes over and over and over again so that, come Friday night, they behave on and act from the habits they’ve developed in practice.

I’ve watched as the Defensive Coordinator and his staff, have run a particular defensive scheme over and over again.  At times, it seems, they’ve focused on one or …
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The Ten Things I’ve Learned about Formation While Watching My Son’s High School Football Team

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Pt. 2: Formation (Development) takes time and is not easily measured in the short-run.  

Joe Erhmann, former NFL player and volunteer Defensive Coordinator for Gilman High in Baltimore, Maryland, has spent his life helping boys become men.

His story, beautifully captured by Jefferey Marx, in his bestselling, Season of Life: A Football Star, A Boy, A Journey to Manhood, reminds me that growth and development are best measured in years, rather than days – or even seasons.

In a particularly moving portion of the book, a mother asks the coach …
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Practicing the Ancient Art of Reading Well!

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We are not born readers.  If we were, then focusing on how we read would be unnecessary.

The art of reading well is one that has to be developed over time.  It’s not native, or instinctive, by a longshot.

Reading is a learned art or skill.

If you doubt what I am saying, then you’ve never raised a child.…
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What is a “Contemplative” Bible Study?

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Our culture is, perhaps, the most distracted and disengaged culture in human history.

New York Times Journalist, Tony Schwartz, recently noticed how distracted he’s become when trying to read a book – something an award-winning Journalist and author ought to be able to do with ease.   Upon reflection, he realized that unread books were piling up in his home: mocking him, rebuking him, as they lay silently – untouched – on the bedside table.  In an insightful article, he writes:

“Instead of reading them, I was spending too many hours …
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Love as the Experience of Knowing and Being Known

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Love, the experience of knowing and being known, is a game-changer!

Love certainly changed the game for me!

I can easily list a host of “loves” that have produced change and transformation in my life:

The love of my parents governed some of the most critical changes in my life from the outset! The love of my wife has picked up where my parents left off. Her deep love has proven to be transformative on a multitude of levels as I have grown – while married to her – into…
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According to Dabo Swinney, Love Wins!

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According to Dabo Swinney, Love Wins!

That’s right!  Head coach of the newly crowned national champion Clemson Tigers, told the nation, after having previously telling his team – repeatedly – that it’s love that wins!

For Dabo, love was the key to the final – and classic – moments of the championship game.

A game the Tigers won as time ran out.

In his own words,…
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A New Year’s Prayer for a Soul-full, Sacred, and Satisfying Way of Life!

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Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:10

Sometimes a tree can be so unhealthy that the only hope for renewal is to chop it down.  John, in the Matthew passage above, is proclaiming just such a message! For, as he envisions God’s Kingdom yet to come, he imagines the King as one who comes with an ax.  Not for the purpose of destruction, but for the …
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Beholding True Beauty! Traps and Triggers, Part 4.

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Triggers and Traps: The Trap Day

I know the term Trap Day is an unfamiliar one.  It is, in fact, not one I have heard of anywhere else.  That’s because it’s one that is birthed from my personal journey out of porn addiction and into a porn-free life.  In my experience the Trap Day is a day of ongoing struggle with porn’s pull.  It’s a day when one is particularly susceptible to porn and its destructive power of persuasion.

The Trap Day is as unexpected as it is unavoidable.

The …
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