“Remembering the Sabbath to keep it Holy” and honoring the Lord’s Day have been amongst the most freeing, inspirational and invigorating aspects of my faith and life as a Sports Outreach Minister.
“Remembering the Sabbath” provides a rootedness and a balance to my life: Rooted by being anchored to the repeated rhythmic tension of activity and rest, and balanced by engaging in a healthy mix of work and play. When properly rooted and balanced, I am continually renewed and refreshed.
“Honoring the Lord’s Day” tethers me to the twin principles of personally and corporately worshipping God. I personally practice the presence of Christ in my six days of “vocational” endeavors and I also exalt God each Sunday by engaging in corporate praise, fellowship and spiritual contemplation centered on the preaching of God’s Word. Both the personal and the corporate demonstrate a witness of the responsibilities and blessings of being a follower of Christ.
Perhaps Sabbath keeping is best summarized by saying rest (which enables play), is a foreshadowing of the eternal rest Paul writes about in his letter to the Hebrews.1 As Mark Buchanan says: “play hints at a world beyond us” and “when we play we nudge the border of eternity.”2 Abraham Heschel writes: remembering the Sabbath “rehearses heaven” and is a “foretaste of heavenly activity.”3
Dr. Greg Linville was one of the founding members of CSRM and has served as the Executive Director since 2000. He served for 15 years as a local church sports and recreation minister and coached over 30 years at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels as well as 30 years in rec. leagues. Dr. Linville has consulted with churches from Australia, Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand and North America. He was awarded the world's first honorary Doctorate in Sports Ministry and holds an earned Doctorate as well. He is the author of Christmanship: The Theology of Competition & Sport. Dr. Greg has been married for over 35 years, is the father of two married children and the grandfather of a growing number of grandchildren.