What Duke’s Loss Means For Baylor’s Mission

My sports column for Christ and Pop Culture magazine just went up on the interweb.  In it I recapped the NCAA men’s hoops tournament thus far and what it means for religious higher institutions.

Here is a sample:

Mainline Churches can’t rely on reputation in order to be relevant today. Just as 2-seed Duke (Methodist), who lost to 15-seed Lehigh.  Duke played with expectations but failed to deliver.  And as historian (and Baylor professor) Thomas Kidd has observed recently, “The American Methodists’ experience of decline is a cautionary tale for all churches, including conservative ones.”  Are you listening Baylor? Don’t get too comfy in that top-15 spot.  Keep fighting the good fight.

Duke’s loss is also a cautionary tale for evangelical churches.  We have to be about the Gospel and the Glory of God. Any other focus will inevitably lead to irrelevance and decline.

You can read the whole CaPC column here.

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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