College football and Jesus


Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11

I’ve always enjoyed sports. Absolutely anything. If a game involves hand-eye coordination then teach me – I guarantee I’ll be pretty good after a couple of tries.

I played on most of the school teams, lettering in soccer, cricket, field hockey, basketball, and track. But one of my biggest high school sports moments turned out to be golf; I wasn’t even on the team, but I filled in one time to make up numbers, ending the day sinking a long putt on the last hole to win the pivotal game in the season’s most important match.

I have just always loved to play; simple as that. Tennis, racquetball, ping-pong, softball – you name it. And I get being a fan, I really do; I too have yelled my head off in huge stadiums. But I have to admit that the level of passion with which so many people engage televised football leaves me shaking my head in confusion. I’d say it was like a religion, except precious few people get that excited or respond with that much commitment to their faith.

So here’s my challenge. I’m not against college football, that’s not it. Instead, take a cue from my brothers and sisters here at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, and follow Jesus with the kind of love, passion, dedication, enthusiasm, and nothing-held-back commitment that invites people to show up here just to see what’s going on; and, in time, learn to fall in love with our savior too.

  • Give me a “J” _________!
  • Give me an “E” ________!
  • Give me an “S” ________!
  • Give me a “U” ________!
  • Give me another “S” _____!

“Jesus!” “Jesus!!” “Jesus!!!” The crowd goes wild…

Now we’re talking! – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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