Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Expressions of Faith

Sarah Pulliam Bailey looks at stories looking at something very dear to me:
During the NCAA tournament, a religion reporter asked me about the faith of Butler University’s basketball coach Brad Stevens. A few of my siblings attended Butler and one of them has a bulldog so surely one of us would know Stevens’ religion, right? We did some Googling and asking around, but it took a while to figure it out. No one had really thought to ask because he didn’t exactly point to the sky after they continued to plow through the tournament.
She then looked at a story (no longer available online) That appeared in the Indianapolis Star:
Stevens — who says he considers himself “about one-millionth” the person Dungy is in terms of character — has always thought faith should be something that’s lived out, rather than talked up. And, at 34, he feels like he’s someone who still has a lot of personal growth ahead of him.

“I’ve always said that part of growth is just doing it every day,” Stevens said in a recent interview about the faith that underlies his coaching and his life.

“Don’t talk about it. Do it. Be it.”
Stevens is the first Butler coach since I graduated with whom I do not have a personal acquaintance, and I sure wish I did. Let me ask you a question:

Who would you rather be with, Someone that talks like Jesus or someone that acts like Jesus? And I don't mean takes mission trips either, I mean is humble and of good-humor, gracious and long tempered.

Now, what ought the church to be doing?

Think about it for a while.

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