From the monthly archives: July 2013

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Those Keys Are Heavy: Coming Clean and the Inability to Redeem Ourselves


“There’s one person who holds the keys to my redemption, and that’s me.”

This is reportedly what Lance Armstrong angrily said in December 2012 as he was walking out of a meeting with Travis Tygart, CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Tygart had offered to reduce Armstrong’s competitive cycling ban from life to eight years if he simply came clean and confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

Obviously, at that time Armstrong was not going to make a deal and his response made it clear that his savior was only going to be himself, not some compromise offered by an authority. His words are chilling for those of us who think in terms of redemption a little more regularly. And it’s fascinating when a public figure is forced into a corner and unwittingly blurts out a profound theological statement that exposes the heart in a way that most rarely do.

About a month later Armstrong finally recognized that he could not continue to deny the overwhelming case against him and publicly confessed to Oprah Winfrey in a nationally televised interview. Now, as we look back at the years leading up to his confession, we see a startling amount of lying and covering and blame shifting.

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Of Ants and Mountains: Hearing God Speak in Something Other Than English


This weekend a group of Mpact men are treading into the wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of south-central Colorado. We have an appetite for panoramic views, gushing waterfalls, hairy goats and craggy ridges, sure to be slaked.

But what draws us into the outdoors, the non-sidewalked streets of trails and meadows? Why do both Christians and non-Christians alike love to be outside in the elements, with no WiFi, no text messages, no air conditioning and no electricity?

A couple of weeks ago, I was hiking Mt. Massive. At the summit, I met a couple who had just graduated from college. I asked what they were up to now that they had graduated, and the guy said, “I’m having a hard time deciding if I should just climb mountains or get a job.” He got his degree in environmental engineering and was hoping to get a job working on water resources and snow pack. As he was leaving, I wished him luck in his endeavors. He chuckled and said, “Yeah, it’s either save the snow or climb.”

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Born Again on the Fourth of July


Editor’s note: If you were at City Park on the Fourth of July for the fireworks, you may have noticed a slight delay in the production. God was at work during the delay. A small group of Rock sisters helped lead a handicapped woman named Ashley to Christ that night. This is their story.


As the Bryant family was driving to our D-Team dinner on the Fourth of July, they were surprised to see a woman in her 30's standing on the side of the street with the assistance of her walker. They stopped to talk to Ashley and invited her to come with them. She was delighted to join them for our Independence Day festivities!

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An Open Invitation to Grantland's Rembert Browne


Dear Rembert,

I've been sitting on this letter since I read your introduction piece about your cross-country road trip. I've hemmed and hawed about what to say, how to say it and even if I should say it at all. So I'm just going to go for it.

My name is Trevor Sides. I live in Fort Collins, Colo., and I am the communications director at Summitview Community Church. And I'd like to invite you to come out to Colorado and go to church with me.

Have other readers asked you to go to church with them while you're on your trip? I also don't know how many politically and spiritually conservative, church-going Grantland readers you've come across in your time, but we exist. I'm on Grantland multiple times a day. I follow you and handful of the other writers/contributors on Twitter. I've even got a couple of our pastors here hooked.

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The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin: Race, Justice and Jesus in America


Editor’s note: Some of the more difficult details of the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial are recounted below. We recommend caution and discretion before letting your children read this post.

My wife and I were in Sterling this weekend visiting my family. I have three brothers – four if you count Tyler, a pre-med student my parents and youngest brother befriended while he was taking classes at the junior college in Sterling. He’s become part of the family. I am confident and thankful in calling Tyler my brother, which is sort of an inside joke in our family because Tyler is a brother.

He’s black.

And when the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case came down, all of us – including Tyler – were cleaning up the kitchen after dinner Saturday night. Tyler announced the “not guilty” news while checking his phone. Someone said “Good.” Tyler replied with an incredulous “Good?” Then an amazing thing happened.

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