It’s only February, but 2013 already has arguably seen more sports scandals than any year in recent memory. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong confessed to doping; baseball writers, suspecting that many eligible players had taken performance-enhancing drugs, elected no players to the Hall of Fame; the story of Lennay Kekua, girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and supposed leukemia victim, turned out to be a hoax; and just last week investigators in Europe broke the news of a gambling scandal that may have affected hundreds of soccer matches. Amid all the cheating, match-fixing, and dishonesty, it’s hard to know which sports records, results, and stories we can trust. And these struggles aren't unique to sports. LinC talks about trust, whom and what we can trust, and what it means to trust in God. Key Scriptures: Judges 6:11-23, 33-40; Isaiah 46:1-13; Philippians 4:8-9.
Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation last week, making him the first pope in nearly six hundred years to step down from the papacy due to concerns about his health. According to tradition and precedent, popes stay in office until death. Now, both Benedict XVI and the Roman Catholic Church he serves face a challenging transition. Change in life is inevitable, but it isn’t always comfortable. Next week we’ll talk about the transitions we face, whether it’s when things are going well, when things are going poorly, or when God decides that a change of plans is in order.