God and the World Cup - John Van Sloten

July 09, 2006

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn two hours over 1 billion people will sit down to watch the biggest single sporting event on the face of the earth.
What might God be saying through this beautiful game?

“What makes the World Cup most beautiful is the world, all of us together. The joy of being one of the billion or more people watching 32 countries abide by 17 rules fills me with the conviction, perhaps ignorant, but like many ignorant convictions, fiercely held, that soccer can unite us all.”
Sean Wilsey, National Geographic, June 2006

“I'm going to come and then gather everyone—all nations, all languages. They'll come and see my glory.”
God via the prophet Isaiah 66:18

U2’s Bono captures the essence of the World Cup in a voiceover for an ESPN commercial, "It’s a simple thing, just a ball and a goal. Once every four years that simple thing drastically changes the world; closes the schools, closes the shops, closes the city; stops a war. A simple ball fuels the passion and pride of nations, gives people everywhere something to hope for, gives countries respect where respect is in short supply, achieves more than the politicians ever could. Once every four years a ball does the impossible; and if history means anything, the world as we know it is about to change."

“Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and...in a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"
The apostle John re: Jesus in Revelation 5:11-13

“God gives gifts to everyone. Some can write, some can dance;
He gave me the skill to play football.”
Ronaldinho, World’s best football player! Herald June 2006

World Cup Editorial - Calgary Herald

Three Pastors and the World Cup - an interview by CBC Radio Calgary

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