Randy Alcorn is an author and speaker I respect greatly and his post about the Olympics in Beijing is well worth reading.

I was born just outside of DC and brought up as a Reskins fan.  Their glory days are days that I can’t remember, but I’ve heard a lot about them.  CJ Mahaney has a post today about Art Monk a Redskins receiver recently inducted into the hall of fame and shares an incredible humble and God-glorifying speech that Monk gave.  Whether you love or hate the Reskins, or love or hate football, it’s really worth the read.

It’s also encouraging for me to find some common ground with Mahaney — an avid Maryland fan and perhaps a more avid Duke hater–when it comes to the world of sports. 😉

Any of the guys in my discipleship-group can tell you that I am a huge fan of the ESV for Bible study.  I’m also a huge fan of the Olympics.  And I’m an even bigger fan of foreign missions.  So it’s with great pleasure that I read Justin Taylor’s post this morning about ESV bilingual Bibles being handed out in large numbers at the Olympics.  Let’s pray that God’s word will go forth and not return void, and that the people of China will gain more and more access to God’s word!

My friend JB has a very insightful and wise post today about NCAA basketball.  No he didn’t make up these stats; he’s citing espn.com.  Thanks for your wise words JB!

Josh Hamilton turned quite a few heads the other night when he performed so incredibly at the home run derby.  A friend of mine told me about this, but I found this article from ESPN.com about Hamilton’s story.  It seems like Christ is doing some incredible things in his life now, let’s pray that Josh Hamilton will continue to persevere.  Read the article, it’s an awesome story.

This may sound crazy, but I wouldn’t change a thing about my path to the big leagues. I wouldn’t even change the 26 tattoos that cover so much of my body, even though they’re the most obvious signs of my life temporarily leaving the tracks. You’re probably thinking, Bad decisions and addiction almost cost him his life, and he wouldn’t change anything? But if I hadn’t gone through all the hard times, this whole story would be just about baseball. If I’d made the big leagues at 21 and made my first All-Star team at 23 and done all the things expected of me, I would be a big-time baseball player, and that’s it.

Baseball is third in my life right now, behind my relationship with God and my family. Without the first two, baseball isn’t even in the picture. Believe me, I know.

HT: Challies