The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Grinnell player shatters NCAA record

Grinnell College sophomore Jack Taylor is proud of the NCAA record-breaking 138 points he scored during a Division III basketball game in November 2012, but he says the credit belongs to God.

It wasn't always that way. There was a time, Taylor said, when basketball was his idol and, although he professed to be Christian, basketball was all he lived for. Then a knee injury kept him off the court for a year and forced him to re-evaluate his priorities.

"Basketball was my idol and once I lost it, I lost everything," said Taylor, a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church, Black River Falls, Wis. "I think God opened my eyes that basketball is just a game and not something worth living your life for. Now I see it as more of a gift God has given me to enjoy."

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