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The game of football and men throwing their bodies around in reckless abandonment in pursuit of a leathery oval object is an incredible sight to behold. Even more painfully impacting from a sofa or a distance, and with great wonder the level of pain inflicted, are the sounds and crunching impact of bodies violently colliding that leaves our masculinity hungering and panting for more. It is that lure and the thrills of the next day's and week's water cooler and lunch break conversations that has many men and families consumed, and many times in disarray.
Sadly too often we (men especially) have traded the temporary fixes of fantasy leagues, sports bar congregations, and similar attractions at this time of the year for frequently too steep a cost. Shortsighted views and behaviors deflate the society.
Our guest is a formal college football standout and NFL Pro Bowl nominee who delivered many of those tantalizingly addictive hits. For many years he lived and breathed football as his sole identity. He knows firsthand what it means to be consumed by the sport and this season of the year. Now he is a messenger who delivers verbal hits and emotional pressure that builds and affirms men and families via the Word of Truth.
Derwin L. Gray wrote the book HERO: Unleashing God's Power in a Man's Heart. He is also the senior pastor of one of America's fastest growing churches, Transformation Church. As a husband, father, and shepherd, he will help us separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to this jarring dilemma we face as a culture.
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