Posted by: StrongStakes | January 2, 2014

Making the NFL Playoffs a Disciple-Building Exercise


The NFL playoffs begin anew this “Wild-Card Weekend” and will stretch four more weeks until Super Bowl Sunday on February 2nd.  Rather than creating a pool where we predict winners and losers each week, I propose a more fulfilling challenge.

For every quarter of NFL playoffs football we watch on TV during this month, let’s read one chapter out of a book … any book! … on discipleship or “following Jesus” … including the Bible!

Yes, you read that right!  Most, if not all, of us have made a resolution or two for this New Year.  In fact, you may have resolved to read a good book in 2014 … or two? … three or more?  How has that started for you so far? … two days into the New Year?

This reading challenge may help!  Simply keep track of every quarter of football that you watch on TV, then later that day or week, read one chapter for every quarter.  Don’t cheat! … viewing part of a quarter counts as a quarter.  This just may help us “redeem” some of that time spent in front of the TV or computer screen.

Need book recommendations?  Check out the titles and links on the right side of this blog under the “Worth Reading” column. Remember, the Bible counts, too!

Happy watching & reading!  May the best teams win … and the best books get read!

Grace & Truth!

~ tr


  1. Whew, glad we didn’t start this with the college games! Hey wait a minute, I think I’m owed a few more quarters of watching! 🙂

  2. Now that’s a nice challenge to have! Keep up the pace!

  3. Great challenge – I like it and will commit to it. For those doing the Anchored study it is easy – I already have 8 chapters under my belt (but I spent 4 watching OU knock off Alabama last night). At the end of the challenge, ask yourself which one was more satisfying? The football or the reading? While the reading is not as sexy initially, it provides far more long term gratification!

  4. Great question! Amen to that. Thanks!

    Sent from Tim’s iPhone


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