UNPACKIN’ it Ministries is where sports fans go to unpack sports, faith, and life. We officially launched in January 2014 with our focus centered around a nationally-syndicated sports radio show. The show continues to broadcast weekly on over 30 radio affiliates nationwide, and now we provide additional ways to to equip passionate sports fans to become followers of Jesus…and more than fans.

 

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The UNPACKIN' it Podcast

Sports Fans Following Jesus
  • Thankful for Injuries

    Heading into Thanksgiving weekend, as a sports fan I’m thankful the Panthers are in playoff contention…Duke has the best team in college basketball…and both of my Fantasy teams have won a lot of games. In life, I’m thankful for my wonderful wife, a loving family, and an amazing job. Although our go-to list of what we’re thankful for is easy to come up with, today I want to unpack how we can also be thankful for life’s disappointments. We may not ordinarily add them to our list, but when we...

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  • Two Running Backs Are Better Than One

    If an NFL team has one great running back right now, they are in good shape to be successful. If they have two great ones, it’s almost unfair. The New Orleans Saints are one of the rare teams getting elite production out of both of their running backs. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara were each instrumental in the Saints improbable comeback win on Sunday against the Redskins when they were down by 15 points with under six minutes to play in regulation. They pulled it out in overtime and have now won 8...

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  • What Are the Bills Doing?

    I am fired up over the decision the Buffalo Bills made yesterday when they benched quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, and replaced him with a rookie named Nathan Peterman. Before the game, the Bills were 5-4 and clinging to a Wild Card spot in the playoffs, and Taylor contributed to their success by throwing 10 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions through 9 games. But the team went on a 2-game losing streak, and apparently the coaching staff felt he wasn’t doing enough, so they started an unproven rookie on the road against...

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  • 68 Different Receivers

    It’s incredible that Tom Brady is still playing at a high level during this point in his career. He’ll arguably go down as the best quarterback to ever play in the NFL, and his accomplishments and stats will back that up. As countless players have cycled through the New England Patriots, Brady has been the one constant on the field. While playing with so many teammates throughout his long career, he’s thrown a touchdown pass to “68” different receivers. For The Win’s website states that Vinny Testaverde has the record at 70,...

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  • Make the Play

    The New York Giants, who are 1-8, have had a rough year dealing with major injuries and very poor play. They gave the San Francisco 49ers their first win last Sunday, which added to the criticism of head coach Ben McAdoo. The team is trying to identify their issues and ways they can improve, and apparently McAdoo called for a “long, hard, honest meeting” yesterday. The struggles can’t be placed on just one person, and an overall effort and change in attitude seem to be needed for them to be...

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  • “We Talk, We Listen”

    With college basketball back, last night brought two competitive games and tight finishes. The Champions Classic featured No 1. Duke beating No. 2 Michigan State 88-81…and No. 4 Kansas beating No. 7 Kentucky 65-61. Both games were filled with freshmen showcasing their abilities, and we got a glimpse of the top teams to keep an eye on this season. I’m personally eager to see if the polarizing Duke senior, Grayson Allen, can continue playing like he did last night, scoring 37 points. Beyond the play on the court, Michigan State’s...

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  • UNPACK this…Instant Gratification and Firing Coaches

    It’s that time of year again when we start hearing rumors of football coaches being on the hot seat…and others being fired. Interestingly, fans are always so excited when they get a new coach, but then a few years later they are eager to get rid of him. In college football, we’ve already seen Florida and Tennessee move on from coaches they hired a few years ago, and short-tenured NFL head coaches (Tampa and New York) could be on their way out too. This becomes troubling when the administration, owners,...

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  • Resilience Leads to Victory

    The Tennessee Titans pulled out an important win yesterday, as they survived a late surge by the Cincinnati Bengals. After a couple costly turnovers allowed the Bengals back in the game, the Titans responded with a 12-play 73-yard touchdown drive to give them a 24-20 victory at home. They improved to a 6-3 record on the season, and have now won four straight games. The Titans are for real this year, and there is no question they must keep pulling out wins like yesterday’s in order to clinch their division...

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  • Midway Point: Truth and Lies

    We’re at the midway point in the NFL season, and even though there is plenty of football left to play, we have a good understanding of what to believe about many of the teams. We know the Eagles and Patriots are playing well and Super Bowl contenders, and that the Steelers are the team to beat in the AFC North…the Chiefs in the AFC West…and the Vikings in the NFC North. Also, the Rams and Jets are playing much better than most people expected, while the Broncos and Giants are...

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  • Peppers Doesn’t Seek the Spotlight

    Julius Peppers was the 2nd overall pick in 2002 by the Carolina Panthers. After a strong start to his career in Carolina, he left in free agency to join the Chicago Bears in 2010, and then spent 2014 to 2016 in Green Bay. This season, Peppers returned to the Carolina Panthers (one of the greatest players to ever put on the team’s uniform), where he has played a key role in their 6-3 record. The 37-year-old defensive end has had a Hall of Fame-caliber career, including nine Pro Bowl appearances,...

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