Eastlake Community Church in Kirkland, Wash., released a comical video featuring their pastor and church members celebrating the Seattle Seahawks' trip to the upcoming Super Bowl XLVII following their win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday.
The "Winner" video shows Pastor Jake Rutenbar emulating artist Pitbull, clad in a suit and sun shades, singing to the tune of the artist's "Timber" track featuring Ke$ha. Recap images of the Seahawks' National Football Conference championship win over the 49ers also appear in short clips.
It is the third video Rutenbar and his group made about their hometown NFL team since the 2012 football season. It has garnered close to 50,000 views since it was uploaded last Friday. more >>
A substance abuse treatment center founded by Major League Baseball star turned Christian minister Darryl Strawberry is now open in Central Florida.
"I think it's pretty amazing and awesome to be able to go back and really help people from a place where I came from," Strawberry, who wrestled with substance abuse throughout his career, told The Christian Post.
The eight-time all-star and four-time World Series champion founded the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center (DSRC), which is located in St. Cloud, Fla., in partnership with Oglethorpe Healthcare Inc. Strawberry and his wife, Tracy, have also started a Christian recovery program at Oglethorpe's behavioral hospital in Longview, Texas. more >>
With the Super Bowl less than a week away, EA Sports released its annual Super Bowl prediction with the Denver Broncos getting the nod to take home this year's championship trophy.
While there still are skeptics regarding game simulated predictions it has proven to be very reliable, correctly predicting the winner in eight of the last 10 Super Bowls.
Madden correctly picked the Baltimore Ravens' win last year over the San Francisco 49ers and picked the Giants' victory two seasons ago that made it four of its last five. more >>
Mike Fisher, Nashville Predator hockey player and husband to country singer Carrie Underwood, was featured in an "I Am Second" video where he shared his testimony of how reaching success proved to be unfulfilling until he turned to God.
"I make it into the NHL, I'm making a great salary ... I made it. Everything was great on the exterior but the interior was not good at all … I'd still go to church but maybe be hung over, not really into it but just putting up a façade," said Fisher.
Fisher, who grew up in Ontario, Canada, was drafted into the Ottawa Senators hockey team at 17 years old, leaving behind his family, home church, friends and security. At the time, he focused on trying to fit in with teammates. However, once he reached his goal, he soon realized he needed an internal change. more >>
NFL running back Derrick Coleman received a very special letter from a young fan who admired the player because he was deaf. Riley Kovalcik wrote that she was inspired by Coleman and that they had something in common: they were both deaf, as was Riley's twin sister Erin. Coleman responded to the twins via Twitter and a personal letter, which has now gone viral.
"Dear (My Insperation) Derrick Coleman, I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best. I have faif [sic] in you Derrick good job on January 20th game. Go Seattle Seahawks! Here are things we have in comen [sic]. I where [sic] two hearing aids. I love sports. Other things are I'm an identical twin and my twin where's [sic] one hearing aid too!" Kovalcik wrote to Coleman.
The NFL player recently filmed a commercial for Duracell batteries, which is partially why Riley chose to write to Coleman. She really enjoyed the commercial and its message, which is that deaf people can do anything hearing people can do. She and her family were shocked when Coleman responded to her letter personally. more >>
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning doesn't publicly discuss his faith as frequently as some other Christian athletes, but he has said that he wants his actions to speak louder than his words.
Manning led his team to a Super Bowl berth by throwing for 400 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, which the Broncos won by a score of 26-16. The four-time league MVP has been stellar throughout the season, setting NFL regular season records in both passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55).
But while many people focus primarily on Manning's performance on the field, the part of his life that he has said is most important – his Christian faith – is rarely discussed. more >>