Category: Leisure: Sports & Play as Spiritual Formation
What brings you a sense of stillness and calm? Perhaps a sunrise, cup of coffee, tidy...
Earlier this year, I found myself sitting at a table at the National Storm Chaser’s Summit in Oklahoma City, wondering why we were all here.
The summer of 2001, I graduated college, married a man after knowing him for less than a year,...
God is also playful and desires a real, intimate connection with humankind and creation.
One of the best pieces of advice I have received regarding education came in the form of a question posed at a summer conference for classical Christian education in 2021.
The dance opened with a quiet exploration of gestural language. My hands circle an imaginary cup and I raise it slowly toward my lips.
Holding a bow at full draw, there is a moment when time stands still. It’s only you, the pin, and the target. Everything around you has fallen away. The universe is silent, holding its breath.
The motivations behind this hobby vary wildly, from honing the precision of the crafting itself, to stage for dramatic performance, to wanting to be in someone else’s shoes for a while.
All that I wanted Was to be wanted I’ll never wander London streets Alone and haunted Born...
In communal leisure activities such as sports and games, bringing God glory is fairly straightforward: love your enemies as yourself. The concept is simple, though challenging. But how do we honor God with our solitary hobbies, such as painting, baking, writing, sewing, or woodworking?
A few years ago, I was privileged to stay in a grand old Virginia inn along the Shenandoah. As I stepped through the stately oak doors and entered the lobby, it felt as if time had paused in history’s Regency period.
Athletes who play basketball, golf, gymnastics, and a host of others all, in some way, display a beauty intrinsic to their chosen sport. Boxing is different.
Many Christians raised in American evangelicalism struggle to practice leisure. Between the endless needs of a destitute world, our relative material wealth compared with the world’s poor, and an impoverished anthropology that says true Christians must perennially function beyond their human limitations in order to be radically committed to God, the practice of rest is rife with shame. Leisure is tantamount to backsliding.
Rest, respite, relaxation. Leisure. Many people equate rest and leisure exclusively with bodily rest, kicking back in a recliner after a long day at the office, or spending a week on a beach, cabana boys bringing you drinks – and that does have its time and place.
I am a fly fisherman and a broken man – broken by nature, and a fly fisherman by choice.
When every guest had been welcomed inside the gate, there were songs, dances, music, games, and of...
Games require boundaries. I play a sport called power soccer. It is a four on four contest between power wheelchair users on a basketball court. We attach metal guards to the front of our chairs and strike oversized soccer balls at speeds up to thirty miles per hour.
Kings Over Bishops: The Play of Chess in Late Medieval and Early Modern England as a Vehicle for Understanding English History
Introduction Man is wired by his Creator to first play at that which he must eventually take more...