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Monday, January 30, 2023

QBs with Talent on Loan from God

Okay. So the Super Bowl is set. We now know the Kansas City Chiefs are going back to the biggest game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles!

Three of the four quarterbacks who played yesterday are very open about their faith in Jesus. Can you name them? Before you answer, let me bring up another Super Bowl winning quarterback: "Broadway Joe" Namath.

Of any QB in our modern era, Namath personified the word brash. Other words and terms for brash include self assertive, full of self, cocky, arrogant, audacious — well, you get the picture. Oh…and you can throw in irreverent.

Namath’s nickname, “Broadway Joe,” came about after he appeared on the Sports Illustrated cover in 1965. That followed a photoshoot on Broadway. The cover photo proclaimed, “Football Goes Show Biz.”

Over 50 years ago, “Braggadocio Joe” made the absurd prediction that his upstart New York Jets would beat the NFL’s best, the Baltimore Colts, in Super Bowl 3. Which is exactly what happened. The legend was sealed.

Frankly, I’ve never cared for Joe Namath. But that’s me. Football heroes develop their own fan clubs.

I’m much more intrigued and supportive of the three quarterbacks from this past weekend who have boldly stood by their Christian faith convictions. That includes Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, and Brock Purdy.

During his college days at Texas Tech, Patrick Mahomes' mother said during an interview: “In middle school, he got real involved with his youth group, He got saved. There was a night at church, he had his hands raised to the Lord and he was singing…I knew where his heart truly is.”

Mahomes shares his faith with Twitter followers. He’s encouraged prayer for teammates. When former Chiefs QB Alex Smith suffered a season-ending injury, Patrick asked fans to pray for him in a special way.

Jalen Hurts plays QB for the Philadelphia Eagles. After first playing at Alabama, he then transferred to Oklahoma. He told CBS Sports: “… something that I've just matured in and realized, that God is everything and He's worthy of praise, You have to put Him in the center of everything that you do…And I know God has been there the whole entire way.” Humble, in a world of glory seekers.

And then there’s the newby: Brock Purdy. Since he became a starter later in the season for the San Francisco 49ers, he went 7-0. Not bad for a player who barely—barely—was drafted last spring. A final draft choice known as Mr. Irrelevant.

Purdy exhibited remarkable poise. His coach, Kyle Shanahan, said Brock is "definitely the most poised rookie I've ever had.” Purdy himself said he plays with a sense of “fearlessness,” claiming his Christian faith gives him peace and confidence in the battle.

Purdy’s Twitter and Instagram state, ”Believer in Christ." A certain Bible verse graces his Twitter bio — Colossians 3:23 — “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Brock Purdy was interviewed on Sports Spectrum last August. It was then he announced he wanted to "be able to witness and defend the Christian faith as best as I can,” adding, "My identity is in Jesus.” I hope Brock is around a long time.

So what about quarterback #4—Joe Burrow? After winning the national championship at LSU, he’s already developed a swagger. And garnered a nickname: Joe Cool.

After winning the national title, the webpage quoted Burrow as saying: “I kept faith in myself the entire time…I knew the kind of person I was, the kind of player I could be, and I kept faith.”

An LSU site writer said, “Belief – in the hard work he put in and the football gods guiding his path – brought Burrow here.“

Faith in himself. Help from the football gods. Perhaps hanging out a bit with Mahomes, Hurts, and Purdy can keep Joe Burrow from building himself a legacy of brash. Like that Namath guy.

Hope so. Joe’s a great quarterback… with talent on loan from God.

That’s Forward Thinking. 

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Well, Excuuuuuusssse Me!


One of the many hilarious comedic routines from the incredibly funny Steve Martin was notable for this line: “Well, excuuuuuusssse me!” I’ll start there.

Truth be told, not all of our actions should be excused. In fact many should be called out. And when this happens properly, we should applaud.

This past week,  Rhonda and I went to see the latest movie starring Tom Hanks — A Man Called Otto. There were many praiseworthy things about this film. Showing a change of heart and character would be a couple. Enduring love for a spouse would be another.

The film was marred, in my opinion, by what most movie-goers would find as a great example of “acceptance.” It involved a former student of Otto’s wife (she had passed a few months earlier.) This student was delivering papers of some kind to the neighborhood. This being one of three jobs he/she held.

Note that last line. The character, named Malcolm, was transgender. Otto put up no barriers to conversation. Nor should he have. Otto did acts of kindness to help this person. As he should.

The painful part of Malcolm’s life included his being thrown out of his house by his disapproving father. (Otto tells him that his father is “an idiot.”) Malcolm is then welcomed into Otto’s home. A kind gesture. Malcolm seems to have adjusted well to his/her new “identity.”

This is Hollywood’s way of suckering people into thinking that transgenderism is full of stories like Malcolm’s. A deep dive into the significant emotional conflicts people suffer in attempting such a change is much closer to reality. Rather than confront the conflict in a caring, yet challenging, way we perpetuate a great crime on God’s design for humanity.

Another example. Well known recording artist Amy Grant was recently honored for her significant musical accomplishments. It was notable in that this was the first time the top cultural distinction at the Kennedy Center Honors was given to a contemporary Christian musician. She received a lot of press for this award.

More recently, she received press for another distinctive event. People Magazine reported that Grant is standing by her decision to host her niece's same-sex wedding back in November. She’s tried to avoid “social media criticism.”

In her own words, Grant told People: “I love my family. I love those brides. They're wonderful, our family is better, and you should be able to be who you are with your family and be loved by them.” And then added, "What a gift to our whole family to just widen the experience of our whole family.”

Contrast this with the recent decision by hockey player Ivan Provorov. He recently elected to sit out the warm-ups with his Philadelphia Flyers team rather than to celebrate their Pride Night event. In his words, “I had to stay true to myself and my religion." He’s Russian Orthodox.

Here’s my view.

First, “love” means accepting others' behavior/choices or you are not accepting THEM. No it doesn’t! (Murder, rape, larceny are the most obvious examples.) Less obvious are the personal choices on gender manipulation and sexual preference. The character Otto and singer Amy Grant did no favors, and left righteousness hidden by mere “acceptance.”

Second, “love = tolerance.” No, it doesn’t. When we fail to speak or live by the truths we’ve been blessed to have by God, accepting falsehoods weakens truth at its core.

Thirdly, “love means we must forgive.” Yes, if the offense is against us. We do not have the right nor the power to clear someone else’s account of wrongdoing. Excusing them is a possibility but rarely wise. And God never excuses sin. He covers it with His blood. His choice. His forgiveness.

Our call as followers of Jesus is to be bold witnesses in holding to Truth. As the apostle John explained, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:2-3 (ESV)

Before God, we are all accountable. And there are no acceptable excuses.

That’s Forward Thinking.

You can find a number of YouTube episodes and podcasts of Mark’s program, Moving People Forward at

For more information on the Elfstrand Group, please visit

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