One cannot keep on evangelizing the world without interfering with the worlds [sport] culture…In Christ man is restored to God as cultural creature to serve his Maker in the world and as ruler over the world for Gods sake Henry R. Van Til
Sport Questions and Values: Winning, Rewards, Losing, Victory, Goals, etc. Christian Sport Ministry: Solutions Bible Testimonies Events Literature Camps
1. Sport metaphors and references do not justify Christian engagement with sport. Misunderstanding of the Context Argument by analogy: Other metaphors do not justify harlotry, slavery, etc. Merely Sport analogies to teach spiritual truth 2. Alois Koch More sophisticated argument by a theologian
Power, Shame and Honor (Then) Sport WV today: The significance of 1 Cor. 9.24-27 for Christian athletes and coaches
1 Cor. 9.24-27 use of this metaphor only makes sense if the human value of sport is affirmed A Fortiori argument Subversive nature of how Paul uses these metaphors Disambiguation of this metaphor How a metaphor works: Theological Function and Trajectory Literary Context of this argument Canonical Context of this argument
Agon: Sports involve tests and contests Virtues: Cardinal and Gospel Virtues for Sports The Body: Embodiment and Sport Eschatological Focus: What is the end value of sport? How do we relate the here and now of sport to the already and not yet nature of the Gospel?