Football and 1st Thessalonians 5:18

I guess some football player used 1st Thessalonians 5:18 today:

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

How do I know? Because every time he uses a bible verse, it stays on Google Trends for about 12 hours, every Saturday. I reckon I should be thrilled that at some point, a bible verse gets picked up and people flock to read it.

But doesn’t it say something that people have to search for it on Google rather than opening up a bible in their possession?

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

8 thoughts on “Football and 1st Thessalonians 5:18”

  1. At this point, I’m just happy anyone is looking it up. The national stage that Tim Tebow(the football player you mentioned) plays on has given him a ministry through eye-black that many pastors won’t have in their entire careers.

    1. Lucas, I can understand that – but I still fail to see what a bible verse in the middle of a football field does.

      Granted, if it gets one person interested enough to read more than that one verse, that one chapter, that one book, then praise God anyhow.

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