My Thoughts on Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow, some say the greatest college football player ever. Now in the NFL, he may not be the greatest, but is becoming a pretty good professional football player. What gets Tebow the majority of attention is not his football skills, but his outspoken faith in Jesus Christ. From the video above, that appeared on ESPN a few months ago, you can see that Tebow is very outspoken and unashamed of his faith. I commend Tebow for this. It is encouraging to see professional, and college, athletes who love Jesus and are not ashamed of it.

God has given each one of His children a platform to share the Gospel. For Tebow, God has given him the platform of football and it is only logical that Tebow would use the platform God has given Him to share Jesus. We need to remember God does not just raise men and women to serve in christian ministries or local church ministries, but he raises men and women also to serve in the “secular” world. We need faithful, outspoken Christians in the world of professional sports just as we need them in the local church. Whatever your platform is, use it to share Jesus and live for Him boldly!

One last thing. Whenever you use your platform to share Jesus and live for Him boldly, expect persecution. You can see from the video that Tebow gets plenty of verbal persecution and we will too if we live for Him boldly. Jesus said this would happen in John 15:19-21. “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me,they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.”

ESPN posted a great article about Tebow that is worth reading. You can read that article here. Also, I ran across one of the best blog posts on Tebow tonight that is worth reading as well. You can read that post here.

Josh Evans, a student pastor from NC, wrote a great blog about his thoughts on Tim Tebow. I highly recommend you read this post and hear what Josh has to say. Good stuff! Click here to read that post.

Good Friday Film

Above is a short clip of Mark Driscoll talking about the Good Friday film his church, Mars Hill, produced last year. I downloaded the film and tonight watched it for the first time. I have been hearing many things about the video and wanted to check it out for myself. I have found myself struggling with apathy, indifference, and a somewhat cold heart lately and tonight I needed a fresh look at the cross and needed my heart broke. God used this film to do just that. I would highly recommend everyone to take about 45 minutes and watch this short film. To download it for free go to this site and scroll down to the bottom and sign up. It’s simple, takes a few second and is well worth it!

So what did I think about this film? Well if I had to rate it between 1 and 10 with 1 being bad and 10 being excellent I would have to say a 10! This film really portrays the events leading up to the cross and well as the crucifixion in a very Biblical based way. The entire script was taken directly from Scripture. One thing I loved about the film was how they portrayed Jesus and His disciples. They were not nice looking men, but were men who were worn and torn. They talked to each other in very common terms. The way the film was made was excellent as well. It was very dark and gruesome which we know this time of Christ’s death was a very dark and gruesome thing. I believe Mars Hill was very faithful to Scripture in not just the script of this film, but in the overall setting of it.

One one negative thing to say which really is not anything negative about the film, but about how I would use the film. I would show this film in a heartbeat to an adult audience, but would hesitate to show it to students. Part of me would be ok with showing it to students because students today are seeing dark and gruesome things on movies all the time so I do not believe the darkness or gruesomeness would bother them. I believe we tend to protect our students so much that the world is winning them over easily. If we are trying to compete with the voice of the world in students life we need to step it up and scream louder! This film, I believe, is a way we can do just that!

Overall I loved the film and God used it in getting my attention tonight. Like him or not, Mark Driscoll stands firm on doctrine and I am grateful that he, and his church, put together a film that is theologically and doctrinally sound to impact people.