“As a New Jersey kid in the 1950’s, and a passionate Brooklyn Dodgers fan, I was aware of the dangers of idolatry–especially in my friends who cheered for the Yankees! Since those days, the dangers have intensified–so much so that we desperately need some careful spiritual reflection, informed by good theology, that issues in practical guidance for both the Christian community and the larger culture. This marvelous Declaration is not only an excellent start, but it actually sets forth the kind of wise insights that can move the process of discernment ahead!”

Dr. Richard J. Mouw

“Many folks today think that spiritual matters are as compatible with sports as fire is with ice. Put fire and ice together, and they will destroy each other – the fire will turn the ice into water, and the water will then put out the fire. Put God and sports together, according to many coaches, and religious faith will destroy an athlete’s competitive drive. Put God and sports together, according to many ministers, and athletic success will only teach the believer to think he is important instead of God. The truth is, God and sports not only can go together, they need to go together. Only developing the spirit and the body together can bring out the best in each.  The Sport and Christianity Group are to be commended for their thoughtful, holistic integration of the two.  Their statement   elucidates how a healthy respect for the individual integrity of both sport and Christian faith makes each component stronger in their integration.”

Rev. Canon Dr. John Ashley Null