Introduction 1. Sports and the Early Church 2. Controlling and Proscribing Sport 3. Bowling, Bicycles, and Other Snares of the Devil 4. The Church Heads for the Playground 5. The Rise of Sports Evangelism 6. Christians and the Killer Instinct 7. Building and Sacking the Temple 8. Sport and the Sub-Christian Values 9. Touchdowns and Slam Dunks for Jesus 10. Prayer Out of Bounds 11. Notes Toward a Well-Played Game
Shirl James Hoffman is Professor Emeritus of Exercise and Sport Science at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Executive Director of the American Kinesiology Association, he is the author of Sport and Religion and the editor of Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, now in its third edition.
"Wonderful! This is an amazing achievement, blending sociological expertise, theological savvy, and profound spiritual sensitivities." --Richard J. Mouw, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary "This should be required reading for every thoughtful Christian." --Robert K. Johnston, author of The Christian at Play