The contemplative Pope
Washington Times, December 23, 2011: "DENVER — This is the story of three sports-loving Muslim brothers and how they boosted the career of the NFL’s most famous Christian. The Suleimans - Tariq, Ali and Mohammad - are responsible for “the Sign,” the towering electronic billboard that captured national attention when it began running messages in September urging the Denver Broncos to start Tim Tebow as quarterback. It worked. “It just goes to show you,” said Mohammad, “when Muslims and Christians get together, miracles can happen.” Now the talk of professional football and a pop-culture phenomenon for his unorthodox style, onfield heroics and highly visible Christian faith, Tebow just three months ago was stuck on the sidelines as his team’s backup quarterback. He hadn’t started a game this season, and there was no guarantee his number would be called, even though Broncos fans had been clamoring to see him play."
Patriot-News Januaey 13, 2012: "Athletes have long prayed before taking a foul shot or swinging a bat, but Tebow, admirers say, brings a measure of sincerity. "It’s a reflection of his beliefs and how grounded he is," Barcavage said. Tebow’s success has the makings of a Cinderella story, with miraculous victories. But it’s his expression of his Christian beliefs that has catapulted this son of Baptist missionaries to fame, igniting a new conversation about faith, religion and its role in the sports arena. "I think what Tebow has sort of done is made [faith] an interesting conversation for people to have," said Scott Frey, head coach of the women’s soccer team at Messiah College in Grantham. "I get a sense that he is genuine about his faith and genuine with other people," Frey said. "I think he’s this guy who people want to find a fault in him and way to bash him and they can’t."
NY Times march 27, 2012: "With unflappable optimism and politeness, using his gift for artfully preaching without sounding preachy, Tebow mostly discusses his life story — a child of Southern Baptist missionaries in the Philippines who prayed for a son to become a preacher, named for Timothy in the Bible. Football, Tebow says, is his platform for greater good. He talks about the charitable works of his family and his own foundation. And he repeatedly invokes Jesus Christ’s name and the good that comes from committing to a life lived by his creed. He has more followers than most preachers, and evokes more passion than most politicians. But, unlike so many of them, Tebow shows little interest in using his pulpit to take controversial stances."
Denver Post December 19, 2011: "So what Tebow is able to do remarkably well is keep a sense of perspective about the game and his play. Yes, he cares about winning, but he also remembers that it's a game. Yes, he wants to beat his opponents on the field, but he remembers that they're fellow athletes and, in many cases, friends.To me, this is where Tebow is truly inspirational. While we don't all sign multimillion-dollar contracts to perform on the field, we do all face tense situations where others oppose what we're doing.Sometimes I've struggled to control my temper, and in tough situations I'd do well to recall Tebow's grace under pressure."
The whole thing is a ridiculous media circus. You've got idiot Muslims, morons in front offices, drooling cretins in the media, and shallow, self-serving evangelical Baptists. Then, on the other hand you have the drilling-for-mud-bunnies crowd who thinks homosexuality should be mandated for everyone. Now, all who think the country isn't going to Hell please bend over...
Personally, I prefer the style of Eric Liddell.
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