Richie Parker, 30, grew up with a chorus of doubters telling him what he couldn't do without hands - ride a bike, drive a car or find a good job. But Parker never listened, and today he drives his own car and is a respected engineer for NASCAR's most winning organization, Hendrick Motorsports.
"Every step of the way in life there have been people who say I can't do things. Said that I couldn't ride a bicycle, there have been people who said that I couldn't live on my own. Couldn't get a good job and support myself or I couldn't go to college and graduate," the inspiring engineer told ESPN in a recent interview.
"I don't listen too much to people when they tell me I can't do something. There's not a whole lot that's gonna stand in my way," says the man who takes pleasure in solving engineering challenges. more >>
Christian rock-and-roll band New Method, based in Columbus, Ohio, travels the country singing, playing, and preaching the Gospel on the baseball, football, and soccer fields – even on the ice rink.
"A lot of times with Christian bands, you're only catching youth groups," Doug Meacham, manager, singer, and bass player for New Method, told The Christian Post in a Friday interview. "Here we get to catch the full range of those who would go to a sporting event," like the Salem Red Sox game in Salem, Va., where they will play on August 17th.
But New Method doesn't just play rock and roll – they share the Gospel. "We'll often times do a cover song like 'Meant to Live' by Switchfoot" to "catch their ear" at first, Meacham said. "But we still don't hesitate to do some of the praise and worship music out there," like "Mighty to Save" and "How Great is Our God." more >>
A small Christian clothing company based in Dallas, Texas has reached a settlement in a lawsuit against former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton over the phrase "Play Hard, Pray Harder."
Tyler and Josh Eckel of North Texas reportedly began using the phrase "Play Hard, Pray Harder" several years ago, ultimately making it the title of their Dallas-based Christian clothing company. The two businessmen printed thousands of articles of clothing displaying the phrase.
In December, the two brothers filed a lawsuit against Hamilton, claiming that he began using the phrase six months after they did, attempting to trademark it through his wife's North Carolina-based company ScriptureArt, including modeling a T-Shirt with the phrase on it. The lawsuit sought to clarify that the Eckel brothers had sold their merchandise across state lines before Hamilton had. The lawsuit ruled in favor of the Eckels, and Hamilton has agreed to not pursue trademark rights as a result of the ruling. more >>
Embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez recently got some surprise encouragement from a Christian baseball coach that he reportedly was responsible for getting fired in 2009. "I've been praying for you Alex," the coach told him at a chance meeting a few weeks ago.
In a blog post on Thursday, Gari Meacham, Christian writer and wife of former New York Yankees third-base coach Bobby Meacham, all but celebrated the "full circle" when she told the world how the now scorned player she once covered with her prayers forced her husband out of a job that he loved and into financial ruin.
"After spending thirty-two years in the game you begin to think that nothing will surprise you, but Bobby and I were surprised one cloudy morning in October, 2009 when we received a call from the Yankees general manager explaining that we lost our job as third base coach for the team we loved," wrote Gari Meacham. "He told us that Alex Rodriguez got us fired by complaining to the owners; citing he was uncomfortable with Bobby as a coach." more >>
In a letter written from inside a correctional facility, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez who is accused of first-degree murder writes that God has a plan for him and that something positive will happen as the result of his circumstance.
"I know everything happens for a reason and I know 'God' has a plan for me and something good will come out of this," Hernandez states in his letter to a pen-pal who in turn gave a copy to TMZ. The celebrity-gossip TV show and website published the letter on Thursday, saying it had been verified with law enforcement officials as authentic.
The former University of Florida player is in a cell in the Bristol County House of Corrections in Massachusetts, while he awaits his trial in the murder case involving the execution-style shooting of Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty. more >>
Former pro wrestler Larry Pfohl, better known by his ring name "Lex Luger," rose to fame as a world champion, but fell hard into addiction, prison, and paralysis before discovering new life in his weakest moment.
"I used to be known as one of the strongest guys on the planet," he told The Christian Post in a Wednesday interview. "I thought surrendering was a weakness, instead it's the strongest thing a man or a woman can ever do, to acknowledge our Creator who's in control of all things."
His upcoming book, Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler – His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption, chronicles his story. more >>