The Church’s Closing Ceremonies

Last night, I watched the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics. I always hate to see the Olympics close. I love the Summer Olympics—swimming, basketball, track and field, and, even rowing. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. I love the church of my Lord. Yes, she is an imperfect […]

Getting Your Fight On

In 1960, a young man from Louisville, Kentucky, traveled to Rome to compete in the Olympic Games. His father painted billboards in Louisville, and he was directed toward boxing by a Louisville police officer who encountered the young boy rather upset that a beloved bike had been stolen. That officer went on to train the […]

My Medal

We have been watching as athletes from all over the world converged upon Rio. In many cases, athletes had toiled tirelessly in hopes that they might stand on a platform and receive a medal in recognition of their labor. I cannot imagine the pride one must feel as he receives a medal and hears his […]

Finish the Race

Derek Redmond was determined. He had to finish the race. Period. He was a young British runner, one who had sky rocketed to fame by shattering his country’s 400-meter record at age 19. But then an Achilles tendon injury forced him to withdraw from the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, and he endured five separate […]

Pure Gold

Michael Phelps is pure gold. As of this writing, Phelps has won 21 gold medals, by far the most in Olympic history. Can you imagine the determination it has taken Phelps to win “Pure Gold?” Phelps has been described as a man of “rigid focus” when he’s at the pool. Outside the pool, Phelps must […]