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Sep 19

A Sense Of Peace pt 3

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. You might want to read part 1 and part 2 first.

“I never asked why,” says Dilfer. “I’ve never been obsessed with what it was or why it happened.”

Dilfer believes that God is loving and merciful and that there must have been something at play that he couldn’t comprehend.

Who could comprehend good coming out of so much suffering?

Sep 18

A Sense Of Peace pt 2

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. Part 1 was yesterday.

While Cass could patiently sit in the room for hours, Trent had a hard time with it and would go to the hospital’s rooftop garden or to the chapel for prayer.

Dilfer had made millions of dollars. He’d been to the summit of the game he loved. Was God saying, “Wait a minute. Not so fast”? Dilfer says he never went there. He’d recommitted to Christ in college; he’d repented and never looked back.

Sep 17

A Sense Of Peace pt 1

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

“Trevin was Dilfer’s only son, the only other man in a house full of women. He loved to hang out with his daddy in the locker room and often challenged Trent’s teammates to footraces.”

Curtis Eichelberger interviewed many current and former NFL players including Mike Singletary, Justin Tuck, LaDainian Tomlinson, Oshiomogho Atogwe, and Jay Feely about football’s violent nature, the sacrifices players and families make, adversity they face, temptations they endure, and the call to being leaders and role models.

Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. 1

Sep 15

Men of Sunday by Curtis Eichelberger

Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual, Sports

Football and the Christian faith have often been linked, at least superficially, by players and coaches giving “praise” to God for their successes.

Not knowing, but hoping, that their faith was genuine I was thrilled when I saw Curtis Eichelberger’s book Men of Sunday was being published.  Subtitled “How Faith Guides the Players, Coaches, and Wives of the NFL,” I was excited what I might read.

Men of Sunday is a quick read. 

Eichelberger interviewed and highlights many current and former players including Mike Singletary, Justin Tuck, LaDainian Tomlinson, Oshiomogho Atogwe, and Jay Feely about football’s violent nature, the sacrifices players and families make, adversity they face, temptations they endure, and the call to being leaders and role models.

Sep 14

Faithful Faith

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

In Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday he recounts coaches Tony Dungy, Marvin Lewis, and Brad Childress talking about the importance of having men of faith on their rosters.

“These players understand there is something bigger than themselves and realize that someday they’ll have to answer for their actions. The result is oftentimes a greater sense of humility, a willingness to think about the team over themselves, and the realization that their talent isn’t their due, but rather a gift from God to be used for His purpose.

Faith

Sep 13

Madness, Machismo or Ministry?

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

I read Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday this weekend.  It’s a compelling book I’ll quote several times this week before I post my full review this weekend. 1

As I read Eichelberger’s piece on former “Pro Bowl Denver Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth I was inspired, awed, and perplexed.

I had to ask, is this man mad, filled with machismo or ministry minded?

Madness, Machismo or Ministry?

Feb 10

Clutch Plays At Home

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values

Mario Manningham, the NY Giants wide receiver was a good receiver in 2010, but the 18th worst at catching the football this year.  Fortunately, when it mattered most he caught the football that helped save the season for the Super Bowl winning Giants. 1

Most of us live life like Manningham, success one moment and we fail the next.  We want to be the best but stumple into stupid fights with the people we love the most.  It’s a those times we need to be the clutch player and choose to do what’s most needed.

Clutch At Home

Feb 8

Clutch Players Need 2B Self-Aware

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Sports

I know that this has happened to you.  Today it happened to me.

The clock showed “10:41″,  I relaxed, settled in and took a deep breath.  I had time.  No need to rush.

I did a couple quick things that needed to get done, took a quick glance at the clock, “Wow, I’m really efficient today.”

Then.  Then!  THEN!  I thought to myself, that was too efficient.  I checked another clock, “11:16″!

Noooooo!  The clock had stopped!

Panic

My leisurely lunch deadline, now became my dead spring lunch deadline.

Feb 6

Clutch 4 Life

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Did you watch the Super Bowl?

Here’s a short summary:
Eli Manning was poised.  
Tom Brady looked panicked.
Aaron Hernandez dropped two passes.  
Mario Manningham caught the one that mattered most.

As you can imagine Manning and Manningham play for the Super Bowl winning New York Giants.

Winners Win

NFL players are generally assumed to be the best players in their sport in the world.  While some would argue that the Giants and the New England Patriots were not great teams, they were successful and won when it mattered most.

Feb 2

Pro Bowl Friendships Need Fresh Gameplans

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s version of an all-star game. Pro Bowl players are selected by votes from the coaches, players and fans, each of which count for a third of the votes. 

Choosing the best possible players doesn’t guarantee success.  Each player still has the responsibility to perform at his highest level in concert with his fellow teammates.

Game Planning

If you could choose a roster of friends would you have chosen someone like yourself? If you could game plan how you relate to your friends would you make the same choices that you have? If you could game plan how your friends related to you would you make the same choices that they do?