The Butte, Mont., Lutheran pastor who made headlines for delivering what appeared to be a one-minute service on Sunday so he could watch the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers said he was just having fun and actually delivered a full sermon that day.
"The truth is, I actually came back in after that and did a whole service. So that one minute was just like my lead up to it," Pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church said in a video interview with RightThisMinute.
"Everybody thought I was serious, but I started getting booed by the Vikings and Packers fans in my congregation. So I came back in and did a full worship service after – that was just my way of adding a little levity to the day." more >>
A Lutheran pastor from Butte, Mont., is making headlines on Monday after it was revealed that he delivered a one-minute service on Sunday, so that he could watch the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers.
"Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins?" Pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church asks the congregation in a Youtube video of the sermon. The people answer "yes," and he tells them "Ok, you are."
The pastor attempts to keep things short and humorous, and when talking about Communion, he offers: "There is some bread, and some wine up here on the table. You feel free to help yourself if you'd like to." more >>
Kobe Bryant's team may have been blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers in a 123-87 loss, but Lakers fans can expect their All-Star veteran to return later this month.
Bryant, the 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard, is working to return to his team after suffering a knee fracture late last year. Mike D'Antoni, the Laker's head coach, said he hopes to see Bryant and the team's veteran point guard Steve Nash return on Jan 28 against the Indiana Pacers before the team goes away on a seven game road trip.
"Hopefully both of them are ready," D'Antoni said of the two star players in a Los Angeles Times report. more >>
Unashamedly controversy-prone Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church recently sat down with some Seahawks players and a coach as they get ready for their first game in this year's NFL playoffs on Saturday.
"Recently, some of the Seahawks players and a coach were kind enough to sit down and talk with me about their faith in Jesus Christ and how it intersects with life on and off the football field," Driscoll wrote in his blog posted Friday.
A prison inmate in Pennsylvania has reportedly filed a motion to sue the NFL, arguing that the Pittsburg Steelers were robbed of their spot in the playoffs due to improper refereeing during a Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers game in Week 17.
Inmate Daniel L. Spuck of the State Correctional Institution in Mercer County filed a motion on Jan. 2 against the NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell. The motion, written by hand and filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, requests an "emergency injunction" in the current NFL playoff games due to the "negligent and fraudulent" actions of NFL referees who oversaw the Week 17 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.
Spuck argues that the referees overseeing the game were wrong to not call an illegal formation penalty against San Diego during the Chiefs' 40-yard field goal attempt. The Chiefs missed their kick, but had the referees called the illegal formation, they would have been given a second chance at a field goal from five yards closer. Had they made that field goal, they would have almost certainly won the game with four seconds left in regulation. If the Chiefs had won the game, the Steelers would have been the sixth-seed in the American Football Conference instead of the Chargers. more >>
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman expressed his regret over controversial comments he made regarding imprisoned Christian missionary Kenneth Bae in North Korea, blaming them on drinking and stress.
"I want to apologize. I take full responsibility for my actions," Rodman said on Thursday through his publicist Jules Feiler in an email to The Associated Press.
"It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It's not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It's not an excuse, it's just the truth." more >>