Aug

30

2013

Justin Taylor|7:11 am CT

Passing on an NFL Dream to Go to Seminary

Desiring God has a new video profile on former Michigan State star Chris Norman:

The book is Don’t Waste Your Life.

8 Comments

  1. Where’s he going to seminary?

  2. [...] linebacker for MSU. God called him to a life that satisfied more than money or fame ever could! Watch his compelling testimony here. Share:EmailPrintShare on TumblrMorePocket Pin ItDiggLike this:Like [...]

  3. Wonderful story.

  4. I read somewhere that he wanted to go to the Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20130225/SPORTS07/302250042/Michigan-State-RB-Le-Veon-Bell-s-4-6-40-yard-dash-may-bolster-NFL-draft-stock

    I also found something saying he was going to Moody

  5. There is so much misunderstanding of what God has given us. When he said “People would tell [him] that [he] was wasting what God has given him,” i thought what a lie and message from Satan. God had given him a desire to share the Gospel and see men changed by that Gospel.

    Some of our greatest gifts can be the biggest curses, distractions from the ultimate satisfaction located in savoring of the Christ.

    I pity him for the grief that he gets for “abandoning” his God-given talents to pursue full-time ministry, but applaud his courage and willingness to lose his life for the sake of the Gospel.

    Great video. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I am going to go against the prevailing opinion and say that I would NOT have made the same decision that this young man did unless I had an iron-clad guarantee from someone who was willing to pay my full way through seminary.

    The average NFL career is just a few years. Even if I was in his situation and felt the call to the ministry, I would have attempted to play in the NFL for a time, save up my money, and then use it for my theological education. The Masters Seminary website estimates that it will cost a single student about $28,000 per year; more if one is married. Now I don’t know too many young men who have that kind of money lying around. Instead, they go to school and rack up enormous debts which plague them like an albatross for years after graduating. And needless to say, few seminary grads get the type of high-paying jobs to eliminate those debts that other professions get. A few NFL paychecks would wash that burden away, and make him much more free for ministry.

    Many like to gush over such “spiritual” stories. Whether or not it was a good decision is an entirely different matter.

  7. “Many like to gush over such “spiritual” stories. Whether or not it was a good decision is an entirely different matter.” Could not agree more! We love to sensationalize everything in this country, unfortunately Christians are not immune. I cannot wait for the really cool, expertly filmed story about the factory worker who is a faithful follower of Christ at work and in his home. I feel sure it is next.
    When did going to seminary become a more godly pursuit than playing football? How many seminarians desire to pastor tiny congregations, and die in obscurity? I dare say very few, they want to be known, to be the next superstar.

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