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From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).

From The Touchline | Soccer Chaplains United Rev Brad Kenney

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From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).

    How to Thanksgiving

    How to Thanksgiving

    2020, unlike any other year in recent memory may prove to be the most difficult one yet to find much to give thanks for. But as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S., we all might just need a little extra encouragement and help in just how to give thanks and some ideas of what to give thanks for.







    Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I share three practices that can help shape our understanding and orient us toward a better posture of giving thanks — even when we are facing scarcity.







    Scripture references from today’s episode include:







    * I Thessalonians 5:16-18* Psalm 136* Mark 6:30-44







    From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).







    Also, don’t forget that you can listen in our app, SoccrChapUtd, in the Apple and Google store.

    • 17 min
    Why We Need To Observe Celtic Advent (2020)

    Why We Need To Observe Celtic Advent (2020)

    It’s my favorite time of year, again. Advent. This season and the lessons that we can learn and the hope that we can build has perhaps never been so important especially in the difficulties that we’ve undergone with COVID-19.







    I have shared before about Celtic Advent (listen to last year’s podcast). This season of the church which begins November 15 is a critical time for preparing our hearts and lives for the coming of Jesus.







    Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I share the three different ways that Celtic Christians understood and celebrated the season of Advent and I talk about three things that are critical for getting us through the waiting seasons and moments of life.







    Today, I mention the following books and resources:







    * Celtic Daily Prayer Book 1 (devotional book)* Celtic Daily Prayer, Book Two (devotional book)* Watch For the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas* God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas* Celtic Advent: 40 days of devotions to Christmas







    Scripture references from today’s episode are from The Message:







    * James 1:12







    From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).







    Also, don’t forget that you can listen in our app, SoccrChapUtd, in the Apple and Google store.

    • 14 min
    Saint Martin, Giving His Shirt Away (Again)

    Saint Martin, Giving His Shirt Away (Again)

    Last year, on Saint Martin’s Feast Day (November 11), I created a special podcast (listen to it here) and shared Saint Martin’s story — the one where he famously cuts his Roman cloak in half and covers a beggar shivering from the cold. That famous story is the origin of our English word for chaplain.







    Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I share another story of Saint Martin, on this, the day when we celebrate his life and faith. This time, Martin is now a Bishop in the church. He is a leader and has a certain place and power that has been given to him (although he is reportedly reluctant to receive it). Again, Martin covers someone who is in need with the clothes off his own back.







    In this story of Martin, I look at three different principles that I think chaplains/pastors can take with them into ministry, especially in chaplaincy in sport. People of Christian faith might also adopt these principles — whether a footballer, manager, or connected to the game in another way.







    Today, I read a passage from the following book:







    * The Works of Sulpitius Severus







    Scripture references from today’s episode are from The Message:







    * Matthew 25:34-40 (Sheep and Goats Separated)* Luke 14:7-11 (Table Manners)* Matthew 18:21-35 (The Unforgiving Servant)







    From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).







    Also, don’t forget that you can listen in our app, SoccrChapUtd, in the Apple and Google store.

    • 16 min
    Submitting to Authority

    Submitting to Authority

    Today is a pivotal time in the history of the United States, with a polarized and divisive time politically and socially, there are different attitudes and approaches toward governmental and other types of authority. Even in the sport of football, submitting to authority can be a struggle — whether as an athlete submitting to a manager, a coach at odds with a technical director, or, even, new ownership at a club. Of course, there is corruption and abuse of power at the lowest and highest and levels of the game and replete throughout all authoritative places, but how are we to live and respond?







    Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I look at the crucial text of Romans 13:1-5 and what submission to authority looks like for Christian persons. There are three principles that I draw out of these 5 verses, that merit consideration for one who follows Jesus and the way that we ought to react and respond to the different people and positions of authority that we find ourselves placed into and also underneath.







    A hero of the faith who lived out the tension of submitting to authority is Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You can read more of his fascinating journey in this fantastic book:







    * Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy* Letters and Papers from Prison







    Scripture references from today’s episode are (linked below) :







    * Romans 13:1-5* Romans 13:9-10* Acts 4:19-20* I Corinthians 13 (MSG)







    A paraphrased version of I Corinthians 13 which I read as our prayer on today’s podcast







    From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).







    Also, don’t forget that you can listen in our app, SoccrChapUtd, in the Apple and Google store.

    • 27 min
    The Spirit of Competition

    The Spirit of Competition

    For the Christian athlete, sometimes questions can arise around the morals and ethics that we find in the midst of the Beautiful Game and in sport, in general. Is competition good? Is it healthy? Is it right? There is a historic tension at times felt and perceived between one’s faith and the competitive nature that we find at work in the game of football.







    Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I briefly examine the spirit of competition and offer, what I believe to be a few benefits the can be derived from a healthy spirit of competition — both for the individual and for a team.







    Scripture references from today’s episode is linked below :







    * Proverbs 27:17* Philippians 1:18* Hebrews 10:24







    From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).







    Also, don’t forget that you can listen in our app, SoccrChapUtd, in the Apple and Google store.

    • 11 min
    A Footballer’s Faith with John Hollinger

    A Footballer’s Faith with John Hollinger

    Have you ever felt alone in the midst of the Beautiful Game? Alone in your faith? Alone in a different country, where you don’t speak the same language? Where it is difficult to find community or ways to live out your faith?







    Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I am joined by American Goalkeeper, John Hollinger. John joins me via zoom from Madrid, Spain while he waits out a 4-week lockdown in Northern Ireland where he has been on trial. John shares about his journey as a goalkeeper and his faith journey, what it’s like to be in a foreign country and trying to live out your faith, and we play a fun little game called “Reflex” where we try to stump each other with different words and phrases.







    Scripture references from today’s episode is linked below as well as John’s podcast and website, A Footballer’s Faith.







    * John 17:13-21* A Footballer’s Faith (website)* A Footballer’s Faith (podcast)







    From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).







    Also, don’t forget that you can listen in our app, SoccrChapUtd, in the Apple and Google store.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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John Hollinger1 ,

Incredible podcast to grow in footballing and faith

This is the podcast for you if you are a footballer who also wants to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Loved sharing my story and coming on as a guest and highly recommend listening to the many other great interviews.

Love the prayer episodes as well.

Wells T. ,

LISTEN, because no doubt, it’ll bless you!

Rev. Brad Kenney has impacted and blessed my faith, family and football more than I could ever say! One of the greatest blessings of my life during the years of 2010 - 2013, while I was a player for the Colorado Rapids, was how God used Brad in my life! He’s wise, kind and genuine, has great faith, and is a man that truly loves his life on purpose with his whole heart! Listen, because no doubt, it’ll bless you!

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