Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: North Carolina Tar Heels


Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: North Carolina Tar Heels combines the great passion of the Tar Heel fan with the great passion of the fan of Christ into one set of devotions, one book that is fun while providing a time of reflection about God.

* One of the greatest scorers in Carolina basketball history was so blind he couldn't even see the basket.
* George Barclay, UNC's...

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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: North Carolina Tar Heels combines the great passion of the Tar Heel fan with the great passion of the fan of Christ into one set of devotions, one book that is fun while providing a time of reflection about God.

* One of the greatest scorers in Carolina basketball history was so blind he couldn't even see the basket.
* George Barclay, UNC's first football All-America, once received a brand new suit for scoring a touchdown.
* No uniforms? No problem. Dean Smith just had the "B.V.D. Boys" practice in their underwear.
* It sounds impossible but UNC's Yael Averbuch did it: She scored a goal four seconds into a soccer match.
* Roy Williams used to help the Heels win by eating candy.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Michael Jordan, Ivory Latta, Phil Ford, "Choo Choo" Justice, Amos Lawrence, and many others. Their stories - along with legendary games, improbable victories, and historical events - are told with a twist: They are all tied to God's story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984084708
  • Publisher: Extra Point Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 165,565
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed McMinn is a retired pastor living in Georgia. With master's degrees in English and divinity, he entered the ministry after a career as a journalist and a college teacher of English and journalism.

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Read Matthew 3:13-17.
"A voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased'" (v. 17).

Ty Lawson grumbled and fussed, but in the end he could only thank his father for all his dad had put him through.

Lawson was the point guard for the 2009 Carolina national champions and was the ACC Player of the Year. He won the Bob Cousy Award in 2009 as the nation's best collegiate point guard and was the 18th player taken in the NBA draft.

On that championship night in Detroit, watching proudly was Ty's father, George, who had shared a dream with his son since Ty was 5 and George started drilling him in basketball. George would position himself at the foul line, place Ty at the baseline, and then have his son dribble at him full speed, executing dribbling moves George barked at him. George called those exercises "commandos," and he coupled them with shooting sessions in which Ty's penalty for missing shots was more commandos.

When Ty was 12, his father would drive them to a hill and the two would run up and down together. "It was crazy steep, and long too," Ty recalled. "My whole body would hurt after that." But that drill, he said, helped develop the blinding speed on the court that was his trademark.

Commandos, hill running, 6 a.m. shooting sessions, physical pickup games against servicemen 20 years older than he - Ty did them all, grumbling often but yielding always to his dad's commands. "Dad pushed me to play basketball," Ty said, "but I'm thankful for it." Ty's mother, Jackie, liked the basketball life. "That was what I considered quality father-son time," she said.

And that quality father-son time led Ty all the way to a national championship and the NBA.

American society largely belittles and marginalizes fathers and their influence upon their sons. Men are necessary to effect pregnancy; after that, they can leave and everybody's better off.

But we need look in only two places to appreciate the enormity of that misconception: our jails - packed with males who lacked the influence of fathers in their lives as they grew up — and the Bible. God - being God - could have chosen any relationship he desired between Jesus and himself, including society's approach of irrelevancy.

What he chose for the most important relationship in all of history was that of father-son. God obviously believes a close, loving relationship between fathers and sons, such as that of George and Ty Lawson, is crucial. For men and women to espouse otherwise or for men to walk blithely and carelessly out of their children's lives constitutes disobedience to the divine will.

Simply put, God loves fathers. After all, he is one.

My dad was a huge influence on me. I imagine if he had put a wrench in my hand I would have been a great mechanic.
— Pete Maravich

Fatherhood is a tough job, but a model for the father-child relationship is found
in that of Jesus the Son with God the Father.

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