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When Finishing Last Is Winning

Here is a story that reveals a real sportsman, a young man who immediately understood what was more important, a fellow competitor or a good time in a cross-country event.

Seth Goldstein ran a race in which he will never forget! Here is a bit of the article written by Geoff Calkins:

“A group of kids ran just in front of him. Many more had fallen behind.

“I was feeling good,” said Goldstein, 17. “That’s when everything happened in front of me.”

One of the kids in the pack dropped to the ground. The others raced onward toward the finish line. Goldstein did something altogether different.

He stopped.

He stopped racing. He went to the kid who had fallen, who by this time was in severe distress.

“His lips were turning blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head,” said Goldstein. “I was terrified. But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn’t going to help any here. … He stopped. That was the first thing.

“I’m a lifeguard,” he said, as if that explains it all. “It was obvious he needed help.”

Goldstein called for a parent to phone 911. Then he turned back to the kid — a student from Germantown — who had blood bubbling out of his mouth.

“He had bitten his tongue and was bleeding pretty bad,” said Goldstein. “I feared he was going to choke on his blood. I rolled him on his side so he wouldn’t asphyxiate.

It ended well!

“Before long, an ambulance arrived. The real EMTs took over. Whereupon, Goldstein posed a question to the group.

“Can I finish the race?” he said.

Only then did Chandler realize that Goldstein was another competitor.

“The EMTs looked at me kind of funny,” Goldstein said. “They’re like, ‘You’re racing? Well, sure, go ahead. I guess you can finish the race.’ ”

So that’s what Goldstein did. All the other runners were long since done.”

As a Sports Chaplain, you want your athletes to perform well in the sport, but more importantly to be men and women that live their faith at all times. The young man did that. If I was his Dad I would buy him a trophy of some kind to help him remember the best race he ever had!

Written by Ken Cross, Vice President of the Sports Chaplains Network.

Click here to read the original full article.

When Finishing Last Is Winning

Here is a story that reveals a real sportsman, a young man who immediately understood what was more important, a fellow competitor or a good time in a cross-country event.

Seth Goldstein ran a race in which he will never forget! Here is a bit of the article written by Geoff Calkins:

“A group of kids ran just in front of him. Many more had fallen behind.

“I was feeling good,” said Goldstein, 17. “That’s when everything happened in front of me.”

One of the kids in the pack dropped to the ground. The others raced onward toward the finish line. Goldstein did something altogether different.

He stopped.

He stopped racing. He went to the kid who had fallen, who by this time was in severe distress.

“His lips were turning blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head,” said Goldstein. “I was terrified. But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn’t going to help any here. … He stopped. That was the first thing.

“I’m a lifeguard,” he said, as if that explains it all. “It was obvious he needed help.”

Goldstein called for a parent to phone 911. Then he turned back to the kid — a student from Germantown — who had blood bubbling out of his mouth.

“He had bitten his tongue and was bleeding pretty bad,” said Goldstein. “I feared he was going to choke on his blood. I rolled him on his side so he wouldn’t asphyxiate.

It ended well!

“Before long, an ambulance arrived. The real EMTs took over. Whereupon, Goldstein posed a question to the group.

“Can I finish the race?” he said.

Only then did Chandler realize that Goldstein was another competitor.

“The EMTs looked at me kind of funny,” Goldstein said. “They’re like, ‘You’re racing? Well, sure, go ahead. I guess you can finish the race.’ ”

So that’s what Goldstein did. All the other runners were long since done.”

As a Sports Chaplain, you want your athletes to perform well in the sport, but more importantly to be men and women that live their faith at all times. The young man did that. If I was his Dad I would buy him a trophy of some kind to help him remember the best race he ever had!

Written by Ken Cross, Vice President of the Sports Chaplains Network.

Click here to read the original full article.

Music and Sports – Both of them Affect Us

I read this Blog from Tim Callies today and he linked this You Tube video. He made an interesting point – but it is not quite the point I would like to make. When I watched this video it reminded me that music – live music – gets people’s attention. I will never forget the first live band I saw at the tender age of twelve play the classic CCR hit - Proud Mary. It amazed me. The only instrument I can play well is the radio.

Did you notice the people taking their earplugs out and smiling? What a great scene. Music is a language that speaks to people and makes them respond.

Sports is also a universal tool. My friend Bob Dyar, sports chaplain at Joe Gibbs Racing, says that if Paul were alive today he would use both sports and music as universal ministry tools. Because Paul could be all things to all people. It’s amazing – all people respond to sports and music.

As Sports Chaplains, we have the privilege to speak into people’s lives as they are involved in coaching, supporting, or playing sports. While people are involved at some level of a game – we represent the one who has given us “all things to enjoy.”

Remember today why you are involved. Renew your passion to use sport and not to worship it.

I thought he would want me to remind you.

Wagon Wheel

Music and Sports – Both of them Affect Us

I read this Blog from Tim Callies today and he linked this You Tube video. He made an interesting point – but it is not quite the point I would like to make. When I watched this video it reminded me that music – live music – gets people’s attention. I will never forget the first live band I saw at the tender age of twelve play the classic CCR hit - Proud Mary. It amazed me. The only instrument I can play well is the radio.

Did you notice the people taking their earplugs out and smiling? What a great scene. Music is a language that speaks to people and makes them respond.

Sports is also a universal tool. My friend Bob Dyar, sports chaplain at Joe Gibbs Racing, says that if Paul were alive today he would use both sports and music as universal ministry tools. Because Paul could be all things to all people. It’s amazing – all people respond to sports and music.

As Sports Chaplains, we have the privilege to speak into people’s lives as they are involved in coaching, supporting, or playing sports. While people are involved at some level of a game – we represent the one who has given us “all things to enjoy.”

Remember today why you are involved. Renew your passion to use sport and not to worship it.

I thought he would want me to remind you.

Every Chaplain Should Read This

Ed Stetzer is preacher, researcher, professor and president of Lifeway research. As a former church planter I have been reading his stuff for a long time and like his insights and honesty. I also appreciate his ability to present the orthodox position in a winsome way.

In this article, Ed reminds us that we are not called to just a relational ministry. We are called to also share the life giving word of life at some point. We must be wise to the timing but the talking is not an option. Cults can smile and be friendly. We have the truth that sets people free!

“Since we believe that the only God given means of transferring people from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light involves the preaching of the gospel with words, we should be compelled to speak such words to any who will listen. As the ones sent by God (that’s us), we should be ready to “tell the story

Resources on Evangelism

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Title Author Available Media Type(s)
A Faith Worth Sharing C. John Miller Book
The Master Plan of Evangelism Robert E. Coleman Book, Audio CD, MP3
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God J.I. Packer Book
Tell the Truth Will Metzger Book
The Heart of Evangelism Jerrem Barrs Book
The Prodigal God Tim Keller Book, eBook (iTunes) (Kindle) (CD) Multimedia Package
The Reason for God Tim Keller Book, ebook (iTunes) (Kindle) (CD) Multimedia Package

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A Journey Worth Taking (Part 2)

As a Sports Chaplains (SC) we are well aware that everyone is at different places on his or her journey. Missiologist have gone to great efforts to quantify where people are on their journey.

I find charts helpful, but they always oversimplify.  The one on the right is from Ed Stetzer.

Below is my modification of the Engel Scale.

This scale has an interesting history. In rudimentary forms, it was first suggested by Viggo Sogaard while he was a student at Wheaton Graduate School. Later it was revised by James F Engel and published in such sources as Church Growth Bulletin and elsewhere during 1973. Since that time, modifications have been introduced as others have made suggestions. Particularly helpful comments have been advanced by Richard Senzig of the communications faculty at the Wheaton Graduate School and Professors C Peter Wagner and Charles Kraft of the Fuller School of World Mission. Paul Hazelden added a number of things plus the term “modified