From the Rev: Beautiful are the Feet

A Wall Street Journal editorial written in 2009 by Steven H. Webb Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Wabash College proclaimed “Soccer is Ruining America.” Webb’s claim? That “American energy, drive, and competitiveness are being undermined to the point of no return” by the global sport that “is a foreign invasion.” Amongst the arguments against the deprivation […]

From the Rev: All Access

One of my best friends serves as youth pastor in Cardiff, Wales. He loves the image of the ‘All Access’ credential I wear around my neck at the stadium on match day. From the earliest days of my work with the Colorado Rapids, the badge around my neck has given me the chance to move […]

From the Rev: Just Fools

It’s probably a feeling and phrase that I have felt an innumerable amount of times as I visited the stadium or training grounds. It’s like a bad voice in my head that won’t go away. It feels condemning at times. “You’re a fool.” If you are reading this and have worked in any capacity as […]

From the Rev: Waiting for…

It’s that thing that I wait for at the beginning of every season – I wonder how many sports participants, fans, and even the casual observer wait for it too. I liken it to getting a new car and pulling out onto the road there is so much joy and anticipation, but in the back […]

From the Rev: Reflections on Racism

As I prepare to head into the training ground, today, and speak with the players about the issue of racism. I have been reflecting on my own journey and wrestle with attitudes of racism and prejudice. Growing up near Detroit, Michigan through my teenage years, I wasn’t sheltered from issues of race and prejudice. I still […]

Prayers for Muamba

As a chaplain in professional sport, it is so disturbing to see athletes injured, and especially when one collapses or even suffers death in the midst of competition. Saturday’s incident where Fabrice Muamba of the Bolton Wanderers of the EPL (English Premier League) collapsed and suffered a heart attack during an FA Cup match, was […]

From the Rev: New Beginnings

I just wanted to share some personal reflections as the new Major League Soccer season is now underway. After 11 seasons as team chaplain for the Colorado Rapids, there has been a lot of things (as I look back) that have happened over the years – from injuries to players, to coaching changes, to championships, […]