30 episodes

Dig Deep: Sport, Faith, Life is the official podcast of the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, which is set to take place in October 2019. The conference, an ecumenical gathering of sport administrators, coaches, athletes, pastors and theologians, seeks not only to explore the mutual impact of belief and sport, but to affect a cultural shift in modern sport and the role it plays in a life of faith. In Dig Deep, conference co-directors Dr. Brian Bolt (Calvin College) and Dr. Chad Carlson (Hope College) encourage the conversation on sport and faith as we lead up to the event.

Dig Deep: Sport, Faith, Life Dr. Brian Bolt & Dr. Chad Carlson

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Dig Deep: Sport, Faith, Life is the official podcast of the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, which is set to take place in October 2019. The conference, an ecumenical gathering of sport administrators, coaches, athletes, pastors and theologians, seeks not only to explore the mutual impact of belief and sport, but to affect a cultural shift in modern sport and the role it plays in a life of faith. In Dig Deep, conference co-directors Dr. Brian Bolt (Calvin College) and Dr. Chad Carlson (Hope College) encourage the conversation on sport and faith as we lead up to the event.

    Episode 30: Faith & Football

    Episode 30: Faith & Football

    What is it about American football? It draws people in and, love it or hate it, can bring a community together. In this episode Dr. Brian Bolt and Dr. Chad Carlson talk about their own experience with the game – from their own participation to analysis of the daily headlines. They also foreshadow an upcoming talk on football set to take place at the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity. Not only will there be questions of the game itself, but also discussion of what is theologically sound.

    Episode 29: The Divine Commission - Work & Play

    Episode 29: The Divine Commission - Work & Play

    As believers we are told to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a two-fold task to make the world a better place and to praise and celebrate life. In other words, we are asked to work and play. In this episode we will focus on the play part. Dr. Scott Kretchmar, retired professor at Penn State University and one of world’s leading sport philosophers, helps us understand how sport can fit into our Christian worldview. He takes the drama of the game to a whole different level asking some big questions and providing answers on the place and purpose of sport.

    Episode 28: Who is behind your sports news?

    Episode 28: Who is behind your sports news?

    We get our sports news in a variety of ways. To get a final score or highlights we quick check social media. For a bit deeper perspective many of us turn on the TV, radio or tune into our favorite podcast. Behind every platform is a person who works long hours to deliver us the facts and perspective we so love to hear. In this episode, Dr. Brian Bolt and Dr. Chad Carlson talk with Bruce Wawrzyniak from Catholic Sport Radio. Wawrzyniak does sports public relations, which means broadcaster but also podcaster, blogger and author. He juggles many sports and shares how delivers the information through a Christian lens.

    Episode 27: Run The Mile You're In

    Episode 27: Run The Mile You're In

    When Ryan Hall was a kid he hated running. In fact he still doesn’t enjoy it. The irony, Hall is an Olympic athlete and American record holder in the half marathon. At 13-years old he says he felt God was pushing him to run with the best runners in the world. The best part is that he listened. In this episode, Hall talks to Dr. Brian Bolt and Dr. Chad Carlson about the faith behind his running success. Now a coach, speaker and nonprofit partner, Hall also talks about his new book “Run the Mile You’re In: Finding God in Every Step.” Tune in for some guaranteed motivation today.

    Episode 26: You Never Know

    Episode 26: You Never Know

    That last bit of energy, focus, or determination you bring to sport contest may just be what makes the difference in the end, but you never know in the moment. Tim Selgo, the athletic director who built the Grand Valley Lakers into the most prominent NCAA Division II athletic program in the United States, tells the story of how he built a culture of competitive greatness, getting his coaches and student athletes ready and able compete with the mindset of “you never know.” With Chad Carlson away on vacation, Calvin University athletic director Jim Timmer joins Brian to dig deep with Tim Selgo about how his faith served as his foundation as a leader in this very competitive environment.

    Episode 25: World Cup Controversy

    Episode 25: World Cup Controversy

    All eyes are on the World Cup. When sport is put on an international stage and the world is watching emotions become magnified. There are emotions with winning and losing and with the controversy within. We have seen plenty of controversy watching Team USA (in the recent tournament and with past social and political issues). In this episode Dr. Brian Bolt and Dr. Chad Carlson dig into some of the headlines. From running up the score to penalty kicks they question: Is the media hype surrounding the controversy legitimate or misplaced labels? And in the end, they'll bring full circle what the answers tell us about ourselves as humans looking for a place in sport.

Customer Reviews

perkieli ,

Thankful for this podcast!

Real-life, extremely applicable topics. Credible & experienced speakers joining forces. Really appreciated the wide lens looking at sports and faith, as well as closer looks into Scripture, language, and real-life examples. Very thankful this podcast and the 2nd Global Conference for Sports and Christianity exist!

BSCB12 ,

Great podcast!

These two guys do a great job exploring the challenges and intricacies of how sport and religion mesh together. By drawing on their own personal experiences and their professional knowledge, they address different circumstances and situations relevant in today’s world. They are very knowledgeable, thorough, and easy to listen to!

On Hand ,

Informative and substantive conversation at the intersection of faith & sport.

Drs. Bolt & Carlson, drawing on their mutual experience as academics and practitioners, offer substantive conversation on the intersection of faith and competition. They discuss current events in the world of sport, discussing relevant examples and offering incisive commentary on a variety of related topics. Informative, educational, and challenging.

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