Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons from the World of Sports

Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons from the World of Sports

by Josh Tinley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829818420
Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Publication date: 10/28/2009
Pages: 183
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 "Life Begins On Opening Day": Hope amid Wilderness and Exile 7

2 Davids And Goliaths: Why Everyone Loves an Underdog 19

3 Neither Jew Nor Greek, Slave Nor Free: We're All One on Game Day 33

4 "Equal Worth In The Eyes Of God": The Apostle Paul, BUlie Jean King, and the Issue of Gender 51

5 One Body, Many Parts: Winning and Losing as a Team 59

6 Touching The Rock: A People of Ritual and Tradition 69

7 Gym Rats: Perfecting Our Practice 83

8 The Dreaded Asterisk: Playing the Game With Integrity 95

9 For Such A Time As This: Answering the Call 107

10 "Do You Believe In Miracles?": Signs, Wonders, and Transcendent Moments 119

11 "We Could Always Talk About Baseball": Loving to Tell the Story 129

12 "Treated Like Gods": Sports Obsession and Idolatry 143

Epilogue Glimpses Of God 155

Appendix A College Programs and National Championships by Religious Affiliation 159

Appendix B Religiously Inspired Sports Nicknames and Terminology 162

Appendix C A Dictionary of Inspirational Sports Movies 167

Appendix D Answer Key for Hypothetical Water-Cooler Conversations on Page xx 170

Notes 171

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