Are “entitled athletes” the problem in big-time sports?

My hope for Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse was that it would elicit deeper conversations about the most pressing issues in big-time sports, which mirror the most pressing issues in our country. Many of those conversations are happening and I am thankful for each one.  I wanted to share one here in particular. A review of Touchdowns for Jesus appears in the online journal of Christian social justice, Unbound. The author of the review, Rachel Mastin, raised on important concern about me not including attention to “entitled athletes.” And Unbound invited me to respond. I hope you will … Read the full post

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A short video about a unique new book on big-time sports

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In-Forming Communities of Healing Inititative

This week I am at Vanderbilt Divinity School for the second phase of the In-Forming Communities of Healing Initiative. We are exploring what it means to be a community with a healing intention at its core around issues of sexual violence and abusive power.  We are exploring power through embodied practice, improvisational story telling, art, and much more.  For more information about the events you can click here.  There is also information on the FaceBook page.

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Reactions and Conversations about the Wainstein Report

The Wainstein Report at UNC has surfaced a lot of questions about big-time sports across this country on college campuses.  Below are some reactions and conversations beyond the one that has already been happening here on this website in your responses to my post on the report.  I hope you will take a look and continue the conversation about some of the most pressing issues in sports today.

Article in the News and Observer

Television interview on WRAL

Radio on interview on “Who’s Talking” on WCHL

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Interview with Leslie Scanlon at The Presbyterian Outlook

I had a great conversation with Leslie Scanlon, a reporter for The Presbyterian Outlook, about corruption and redemption in sports. Click here for the interview.

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The Seemers and the Schemers: The Wainstein Report and UNC’s Repeat Performance

Things are not always as they seem. The Wainstein report is out and the officials at UNC once again performed their oft- repeated dramatic rendition of their tale of woe. Poor UNC has been a victim of some “bad individuals” sullying the “proud history” of the oldest public university in the country. Hands are wringing, souls are being searched for, and heads must roll so that UNC can once again proudly boast of its academic excellence and resume its place on its historic moral high ground. I happened to be back in Chapel Hill for some events for my new … Read the full post

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Touchdowns for Jesus Events in Chapel Hill, NC

Monday 10/20

Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports
Book Signing and Reading

Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Tuesday 10/21

“The Most Pressing Issues in Sports:  A Night of Exploration and Conversation” with Marcia Mount Shoop, Author of Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse

Open to the Public

Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church
314 Great Ridge Parkway
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Informational flyer: TFJ Chapel in the Pines Event Flyer


Thursday 10/23

Interview with D.G. Martin on 97.9 WCHL “Who’s Talking”


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Gold and Black Show Interview about Touchdowns for Jesus

I had a great conversation with Alan Karpick and Stacy Clardie on the Gold and Black Show on WLFI on Friday, September 26. We covered many of the most pressing issues for football today–from domestic violence to academic eligibility and a lot of things in between. Click here for the show.

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What the NFL can teach us: Intimate Partner Violence in America

Thanks to The Thoughtful Christian for the invitation to write a blog for their site about domestic violence.  Here is an excerpt and a link to the full post.

Imagine putting a woman in every single seat of the four home stadiums of the teams my husband, John, coached for during his NFL tenure. We would only have a fraction of the women we need to equal the number of women physically assaulted, raped, and/or stalked by an intimate partner every year in the United States.

In fact we would have to fill those four stadiums up with a woman in every seat at least thirty-eight times to have the number we needed. (click for full post)

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Waiting for Goodell

I haven’t heard anything from Roger Goodell about my open letter to him concerning the NFL and domestic violence. I know he’s been busy. Since I wrote my letter just a few days ago, more trouble has come his way with Adrian Peterson being charged with causing injury to a child 14 or younger in Texas. The NFL has repeated its pattern of rethinking its original decision and then deciding to remove the player from NFL play in some form or fashion. The Vikings announced that they are reversing their decision to “let the legal process play out” (which they … Read the full post

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