Inside the Sunday Man
The average man loves football. Perhaps, the average man may want to read this book. I thought I did want to read it and I am glad I did read it, but the book was different from what I thought based on the title and the cover. The text is an open-look to the role of the Christian faith in the NFL locker-room. The reader will find within the text, stories of how faith is a vital part of many athlete’s lives. What the reader won’t find (for the most part) is a clear, powerful, testimony based on salvation through the blood of Jesus.
In the introduction and first chapter, the reader will see that players huddle together for prayer before games, take moments of silence to themselves on the bench prior to kickoff, and that specific players seek out chaplains & pastors for prayer before the whistle. These are all great things and good things of habit and practice, but where is the clear-line testimony, “I was once was lost, but now am found, He sought me and bought me with his redeeming blood…”
The bible teaches that even the demons believe and shudder at the name of Jesus (James 2). Many players are praying, many players have routines. But are many players saved?
Yes, there are Christians in the NFL. Yes, players are being saved and are saved. In one chapter, you will see the role of faith & dependence on God alone by Trent Dilfer, through the loss of his young son. Tony Dungy as well, has always been a man that is open & honest up-front about the gospel. This is what is needed and you can find stories of substance in this book, but you can also see the facade of pre-game rituals.
Would this book be worth reading? Sure, because the average football fan can see how faith is important to many athletes and their families and supporters. But the question begs to be asked, why must this book be written? Why have some of these athletes mentioned, not been vocal (for the gospel) from the podium in post-game interviews?
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p.s. a great resource for testimonies based on the gospel is http://www.iamsecond.com/