Trent Shelton thought his dreams came true when he made it to the NFL but it took being cut from multiple teams and overcoming depression for him to realize that God had a bigger plan for the athlete that would involve challenging millions of people to turn to Jesus Christ and change their lives.
Shelton, the 29-year-old founder and president of the Christian non-profit organization, RehabTime, is a motivational speaker, YouTube sensation, and author who has gained over 2 million Likes on Facebook. Although Shelton was named one of the 20 most inspiring people on the web by under30CEO.com, he had to overcome his own pain before he could motivate others.
Shelton, the son of a preacher, was used to being the star football player in both high school and college. However, it wasn't until he got to the big leagues as an undrafted free agent that God began to humble him. more >>
Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta held its final service Sunday with a commemorative march to make way for a new multibillion stadium set to be built in the city's downtown area.
"Of course, there are a lot of feelings, a lot of memories that we will forever cherish and be thankful to God that he allowed us to have this experience," said Rev. Rodney Turner, reports CBS Atlanta. "But we are excited about what's next."
Turner notes that the church has to be cleared out by the end of the week as construction has already begun in areas nearby. The congregation will temporarily hold services at Carver Bible College in southwest Atlanta beginning next Sunday while they search for a permanent worship site. However, Turner hopes they can eventually return to their neighborhood where they have been for nearly a century. more >>
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in an interview that he has "no sense of judgment" on NFL prospect Michael Sam who announced in February that he is gay, and also commented on Pope Francis' recent remarks that he could be open to civil unions.
"Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya … Look, the same Bible that … teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo,'" Dolan said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, when asked for his views on the issue.
Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins told NorthPointe High School in Grand Rapids last Friday that if he ever had an openly gay teammate, he would welcome him on the team and try to help him find Christ.
"From a football standpoint, if the guy can help us win, come help us win," Cousins said during the Q&A portion of his talk, as reported by MLive.
Cousins went on to say that although he believes that homosexuality was a sin, he did not see it as greater than other sins that his fellow Redskins might have committed. more >>
A once outspoken Christian athlete now says he finds himself happier without his faith.
Former British Track and Field athlete Jonathan Edwards, who famously drew attention to his religious convictions when he refused to compete in a World Championship qualifying event in 1991 because it was on a Sunday, told the Daily Mirror last week that life without God was fine.
"I am happy," Edwards said. "And actually it's fine. I don't miss my faith. In many ways I feel more settled and happier in myself without it. I don't know if that is related to losing my faith or would have been the case anyway, but it's a non-issue as far as I am concerned." more >>
When 15-year-old Caleb was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain and spine cancer it took away many of the dreams he had to accomplish in his life.
However, there was one dream that he was determined to still experience - riding the waves.
When Make-A-Wish asked what he wished for, he said he wanted to surf with the dog he saw on ESPN named Ricochet, who was specially trained to surf with kids who have disabilities. The pair had an amazing time riding the waves together, and now Caleb is still fighting for his goal to beat cancer. more >>