Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers may have a 14-25 record, but the All-Star veteran guard is pushing his body to return from injury to help his team despite people like Magic Johnson cautioning him not to do so.
Bryant, the 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard, returned to the basketball court in early December 2013 for the first time since having Achilles tendon surgically repaired last April. After injuring his knee which has left him off the court in recent weeks, Bryant has denied that he returned to his professional sport from injury too early.
Magic Johnson, the popular Hall Of Fame Lakers point guard who is fond of Bryant, has insisted that the injured star should stay off the court for the rest of the season and not risk more injury during a losing season. more >>
Jesus Christ is better than anything, including the Super Bowl, said an assistant coach for the Seattle Seahawks during a recent videotaped interview with Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll, as four of the team's players, including quarterback sensation Russell Wilson, appeared to nod in agreement.
"Literally, Jesus is the greatest treasure in the universe," said Rocky Seto, who is on the Seahawks coaching staff. "It just makes sense. It's not like you give up your life and then you get something worse. He gave us everything. We had nothing, He gave us everything, so literally it's just one plus one equals two, it's that simple. Jesus is better than anything… even better than the Super Bowl, better than an NFL career, any of that."
In a video (see below) released Friday on the Resurgence website, a resource network for Christian leaders, Driscoll said that the Seahawks, who will be playing the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday for a chance to be in the Super Bowl, are the "greatest team on earth." more >>
Human trafficking for labor and sex, considered a worldwide epidemic, is of such heightened concern for this year's Super Bowl that one Catholic social activism group has trained more than 400 volunteers to canvas the New York and New Jersey region during the week-long extravaganza to raise awareness. Other groups, including churches, are taking aim at the problem as well.
In another instance of action against the form of modern-day slavery, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale in Florida, is using the month of January, tagged Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and coupled with their own Super Bowl efforts to encourage Christians to join a team planning to meet in Brazil for the World Cup.
"You've read the devastating statistics (An estimated 27 million are enslaved in the world today; Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and are children (boys and girls); human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world-second only to drug trafficking.)," states Calvary Chapel on its website. "But did you know that this epidemic is running rampant at one of the largest sporting events in the world? more >>
The president of a Connecticut university has pushed back against comments made by the school's assistant football coach, who recently said one of his goals as director of player engagement is to make sure students understand "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle."
Ernest Jones, the running backs coach and director of player engagement for the University of Connecticut football team, told the local Hartford Courant in a recent interview that his role as director of player engagement is to develop players in a variety of ways aside from their athletic performance, including their role in society, how to write a resume, and how to develop social skills. In the interview, Jones also stressed the importance of a player's spirituality, saying that each athlete participates in "fellowship, non-denominational type things" while playing with the team.
"We're going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that's something that is important. If you want to be successful and you want to win, get championships, then you better understand that this didn't happen because of you," Jones told the Courant in the interview, published over the weekend. "This happened because of our Lord and Savior. That's going to be something said by Bob Diaco. That's something that's going to be said by Ernest Jones. That's who we are." more >>
A Houston woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she is pregnant with Texans running back Arian Foster's baby. The woman says in the lawsuit that Foster has been pressuring her to abort the child.
Brittany Norwood, a 20-year-old senior at the University of Houston, claims she spent time with Foster last summer while he attended a training camp in Houston, and then again in November in California while Foster recovered from back surgery. Foster is already married with children.
In the lawsuit recently filed in Texas, Norwood alleges that both Foster and his brother "constantly harassed [her] to get an abortion for the child." Foster and his brother, Abdul, allegedly sent text messages to her pressuring her to abort the child. more >>
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 >>