Faith & Sports Forum

Faith & Sports Forum

November 7, 2022 | 7:30 – 8:30 PM (CDT)

Interpreting the Culture of Sports

Sport is a physical activity. But it's also a cultural activity. Its meaning and significance is shaped by the cultural messages, narratives, and institutions in which sports takes place. If we want to engage thoughtfully in sports as Christians, we need to be able to reflect on sports as a form of culture.

In this interactive conversation and Q&A, we're going to consider the culture of sports from a Christian perspective by speaking with Katelyn Beaty and Justin Bailey, two authors who think deeply about cultural engagement.

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Katelyn Beaty
Katelyn Beaty

Katelyn Beaty is a journalist, editor, and keen observer of trends in the American church. She has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Religion News Service, Religion & Politics, and The Atlantic and has commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, and the Associated Press. She is cohost of the Saved by the City podcast (Religion News Service) and previously served as print managing editor at Christianity Today. She’s the author of Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits Are Hurting the Church (Brazos Press, 2022) and A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World (Simon & Schuster, 2016).

Justin Ariel Bailey
Justin Bailey

Justin Bailey is a professor and former pastor who works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. He holds a PhD in Theology and his research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, and the formational spaces where they overlap. He is the host of the In All Things podcast and writes regularly for their online journal.

His written work has appeared in Christianity Today, The Banner, Fare Forward, and the Reformed Journal, as well as academic publications such as Christian Scholars Review and the International Journal of Public Theology. He is the author of the book Reimagining Apologetics (IVP Academic, 2020) and most recently Interpreting Your World: Five Lenses for Engaging Theology and Culture (Baker Academic, 2022).

Watch past Forum conversations:

Summer 2020: Holistic Leadership and Development

Spring 2021: Mental Health and Sports.

Fall 2021: Theology and Sports.

George W. Truett Theological Seminary