From the Rev: An Ingathering

I haven’t written a From the Rev since before Easter and to be honest, I haven’t really wanted to. Beginning with the news of Dr. Jim Dixon’s death on Wednesday, March 23 (which in some circles is known as Spy Wednesday) until even recently, there has been a number of significant deaths within the Christian community […]

From the Rev: Palm Sunday

I have heard people muse, “What sport would Jesus play?” Some say, baseball – the timeless game which is counter to life after the industrial revolution. Some say, surfing – after all Jesus walked on the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Some say football (soccer), as it is the ‘beautiful game’ and the most like […]

From the Rev: Home Sweet Home

It’s amazing the difference at playing at home and on the road. The old adage is true: Home Sweet Home. As last night the Colorado Rapids, the team where I serve as chaplain, won their home opener in the last seconds of the game. The crowd was sent home with a frenzied excitement. The opposing […]

From the Rev: On the Road Again

Today marks the 4th consecutive year that the Colorado Rapids, the team where I serve as chaplain, will begin the season campaign on the road. After spending nearly a month away from Colorado during the preseason, for some it is just another trip – part of the grind of professional soccer. For others, those with family, […]

From the Rev: Preseason Prep

A couple weeks, I had the privilege of spending time with the Colorado Rapids as they prepared to face Sacramento Republic in a preseason friendly. The trip marked the start of a long (17-day) road trip. Along with the Sacramento Republic Chaplain Pastor Robert Briggs, we met players at the hotel for a game-day devotional. I usually […]

From the Rev: Ashes, ashes, we all fall down

Today is Ash Wednesday. It is a special day – a day to remember the frailty of life and our dependence upon God. There is perhaps no day that might be more important for me as a chaplain amidst a sports environment and the people and community that we serve. Denver is on a high […]

From the Rev: 5 Lessons from Baltimore

Last week, I spent a few days in Baltimore, MD with our chaplain in Colorado Springs, Kurt Trempert and with other sports ministers and chaplains from around Major League Soccer, United Soccer Leagues, the North American Soccer League, and other soccer entities in North America (wow, that’s a mouthful). The annual meetings are a way of […]

From the Rev: Remembering MLS Cup

I remember it almost like it was yesterday, MLS Cup. For those in Major League Soccer and the Unites States’ top-flight of football (soccer), the MLS Cup is the ultimate trophy and capstone to the league season. Different from other leagues around the world, MLS teams work throughout the league season to earn playoff berths […]

From the Rev: Celtic Advent (Part 3)

Today marks the start of the official Advent season in Western Christianity. However, for a number of years, I have been an advocate for celebrating and observing Celtic Advent. Celtic Advent is not so different from Advent, except that the season is a full 40 days and begins November 15. This allows people to have more […]

From the Rev: Celtic Advent (Part 2)

Last week, I reflected on why we ought to observe Celtic Advent from a faith perspective. This week, a look at how Celtic Advent can effect our family relationships. You will recall, Celtic Advent is really only distinct in the time frames that the Advent is observed – 40 days as contrasted to the 4 […]