Living your life boldly to make known the Gospel is a difficult enough command as it is, but being thrown into the world of College Athletics, how do you biblically navigate through it? The Christian Athlete Paradox podcast isn’t here to add God into our sports, but to let God infiltrate our lives and our teams, while we boldly proclaim his name on the field.
As athletes, we would never walk into competition without some knowledge of who we are competing against. The more knowledge we have against our opponents, the better success we can have against their game plans. And yet our walks with God are no different. In this episode, Cam Dobbs from the University of Miami joins the podcast to dive deeper into her own story and fight through mental health, what she has learned through it, and how we all can oppose the schemes and lies that the enemy uses, diverting us from a true relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Pregame: Remain - John 15
College Baseball is BACK! The longest off-season in history is over. With so much anticipation over what the season holds, let us not take God off the throne just to put ourselves on it. Remain in him.
The Global Language
No matter where you are in the world, Football is still Football, Baseball is still Baseball, and the Gospel is still the Gospel. The Head Coach of the Belgian National Team, Spencer Ferrari-Wood joins The Christian Athlete Paradox in helping us break down why, despite our cultural and geographical differences, the Bible remains relevant to everyone. Spencer breaks down how we, as Christians, can use our sports as an avenue to show Jesus, the simplicity of the Gospel, and what it means to have “stacking faith.”
Is Leadership Biblical?
Leadership is an ongoing discussion, and Leadership within Athletics is as big of topic as any. But Is it really Biblical? Fellow Collegiate Athlete Lauryn Parrish joins the podcast with Ryan to talk about what's she's learned about Leadership and how her faith plays a role in everything she does. Her talent and work ethic may have caught the attention of those around her, but that's not the attention she's seeking. Lauryn talks about what she's learned through following Jesus, and that in order to lead well, we must first serve - just as Christ did for us.
The Pregame: God's Faithfulness
A new 5 minute segment, "The Pregame," is aimed to give listeners something to think about throughout the day and week. This episode focuses in on God's faithfulness. We often misinterpret God's impact on our lives according to whether we get what we want or not, but in reality, God is always faithful, but when his plan doesn't look like our plan, we're quick to call ourselves abandoned. In whatever you're going through right now - injuries, a tough semester, not performing at the level you had hoped, God is still with us and he is still good. Ryan and a new guest, Matthew Silvering, take a quick look at what God actually promises us, and how his promises are proved true everyday.
The Viper's Humility
This episodes guest, a Right-Handed Pitcher from Alabama, Chase Lee had the odds stacked against him when it comes to playing any level of college athletics, let alone SEC Baseball. But Chase shares his story of how God used an undersized, unqualified, retired high school athlete so that his story could ultimately tell of God's faithfulness through God's work in his life. Chase talks with Jon and Ryan about the struggles of pursuing true humility, and how pride can disguise itself, pulling us off track if we're not rooted in scripture.
Authentic and encouraging
Ryan and Jon are two of the most outstanding guys I’ve ever met, so it makes sense that they are collaborating on this podcast. Their wisdom, faithfulness, and passion for the Lord are not facades but authentic representations of their character. So encouraged by this podcast and excited to see how the Lord uses the boldness of these men.
As a Christian collegiate athlete, I super appreciate that something like this is finally out there. Thanks, Ryan, for being bold and following what God has put on your heart to do! This is going to be a huge blessing to me and to many others!