Spotlight - March Madness

March Madness: Life lessons from the court.

Sports have always been a terrific metaphor for the spiritual life. The Apostle Paul used sports (running track and boxing) to illustrate transcendent lessons. So with many people caught in the grip of basketball's March Madness, we decided that this would be a great time to introduce our first of three "sports themed" newsletters for the year. Sports are a great image of discipleship in action. Check out this week's illustrations, and make a connection with the sports fan in your congregation or group.

Glory Road [PG]  view

What are God's "recruiting methods?"

Application One: Coach Haskins initially tried to build his team the old-fashioned way, but he quickly realized that this method wasn't going to work for him. Instead he became determined to go after the very athletes that none of the other schools wanted -- the black players. By looking at... Continue Reading

1 Samuel 16:4-7   1 Corinthians 1:25-31  



Coach Carter [PG-13]  view

Bad behavior in others is no excuse.

Coach Carter was trying to prove a point to his athletes. When we put all of the focus on ourselves, and talk down to our opponents, it just makes us look foolish. Trying to justify oneself in bad behavior only makes it worse. Often people try to justify their own bad behavior by pointing out... Continue Reading

Matthew 23:1-12   Luke 10:25-37  



Glory Road [PG]  view

If you want to lead, serve.

Coach Haskins is a man on a mission. He is trying to recruit young men for his basketball program and he has decided to go to the students that none of the other schools want. But he still encounters resistance. Haskins could give up. He could come at them with a superior attitude and make all... Continue Reading

Matthew 20:20-28   1 Corinthians 9:19-22  



March Madness - Quotations

Coach Norman Dale: "If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners."
Hoosiers (1986)

Coach Norman Dale: "Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team, team - no one more important that the other."
Hoosiers (1986)

Willie 'Scoops' Cager: "They're trying to take our dignity away from us."
Coach Don Haskins: "Your dignity's inside you. Nobody can take something away from you you don't give them."
Glory Road (2005)

Jason Lyle: "You said we're a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph."
Coach Carter (2005)

Pete Maravich: "When I was in the eight grade, all I wanted to be was a great basketball player like my dad. At 5'2" and 90 pounds who would believe me. I guess only my dad and I could believe it in the beginning."
The Pistol: Birth of a Legend (1991)

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