CHURCH -VS- SPORTS

  • What’s more important to us -God or sports?
  • What are we more committed to – church or our children’s sporting events?

You must take the time today to read, Wade Tannehill’s, “The Changing Values of the Church.” It will smack you right between your eyes.

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Alan Gable says:

    Hey Trey,
    If you get a chance, pick up a copy of “Death By Suburb” by Dave Goetz. I think you might like it.

  2. TREY MORGAN says:

    Alan … thanks. I’ll see what I can do.

  3. preacherman says:

    Trey,
    I think it is just what society is doing. It’s not like we are putting God second if we go on Sunday morning because the serve communion on Sunday night right?

  4. David says:

    Isn’t the church leadership to blame for scheduling service so that it may lead to missing part of the game? I mean, a 7:30 am service allows me to get to church, class, eat, and get home well before kickoff. And plenty of people have to get to work by 7:30 every day, so I know they can be up and out that early.

    Actually, I have it easy. Don’t watch that much sports, don’t have kids. However, I would NOT allow my children to play in any league that required Sunday morning games. They must learn about priorities early in life of they will have a much more difficult time setting the for themselves when they are older.

  5. roadtripray says:

    Timely post as usual, Trey. I just had a conversation with my wife and our teenage son about this a week ago. Actually your post on dressing up for church prompted that discussion. Someone in our church was dressed in his Carolina Panthers windsuit and sneaked out of the worship service a little early to get to Bank of America stadium on time for the game.

    The conversation started because I was pointing out how many people are unwilling to have clothes they wear just to show their adoration for God (the Sunday Best of years ago) but we spend loads of dough on overpriced licensed sports apparel to show millionaire athletes how much we adore them.

    But let’s turn it back on us church leaders. Maybe WE aren’t getting the masses excited about Jesus like we should. Maybe WE aren’t “infecting” others with true contagious enthusiasm for the gospel. The question is how do we do that?

    I’m willing to jump through a paper banner at the beginning of worship if that’s what it takes, but I don’t think the pom-pom girls would be appropriate. 😛

    Peace,
    Ray

  6. TREY MORGAN says:

    I have three initials for guys who have to leave early to go watch a game on tv … DVR! :)

    You guys are funny… can you imagine an intro that included smoke and an announcer saying, “And now for your Sunday starting line up …”

  7. roadtripray says:

    The person I was referring to was actually leaving to get to the stadium. Our church is about a 30 minute drive from the stadium.

    And I thought about my post last night, and I want to make clear (as I did with my family) that I wasn’t criticizing that particular person. It’s just seeing the Carolina Panthers logo emblazoned on all that apparel made me think of how much of our money we spend promoting a sports team whose members don’t know we even exist (as individuals).

    Yet we have a God that has numbered the very hairs on our head (and for me those numbers are lower than a decade ago) but we’re ashamed or afraid to show that we’re “fans” of Jesus. We don’t want to seem “silly” for making a big deal out of church to the extent we have special outfits we wear there, but we’ll walk around in public in a windsuit in bright colors with cartoon-like logos of our team’s mascot.

    But I’m probably beating a dead horse (or in our team’s case, a dead Panther 😉 )

    — Ray

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    Ray … I like the way you think! :)

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