AP News Mentions King's Among Tebow's Move
Tebow comes to New York and faith enters public square
NEW YORK, March 27, 2012—News about Tim Tebow’s trade from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets has dominated the sports news cycle. Tebow, who has been in the spotlight both for his Focus on the Family pro-life ad and his role as lead Broncos quarterback last year, has sparked controversy not only between Christians and the secular world, but even within Christian circles for his public displays of faith.
His trade to the New York Jets has further stoked conversation as he moves to a city known for its secularism. The AP article quotes Patton Dodd, the executive editor of Patheos.com, a website designed for dialogue on religion and spirituality, and author of the book, as saying, "I can't imagine a more unlikely fit for Tim Tebow than the New York Jets, just given what we know about the culture of that team. It seems to me, and a lot of outside observers, a team that has a pretty broken culture — at least a messy culture,[…] (But) in some ways, it's sort of ideal for him, even though it doesn't seem like a likely fit, if he's serious about what he believes, this is the kind of place that he ought to, to use Christian language, feel called to."
The article describes the changing landscape of Christianity in New York City. Evangelical churches have grown and the city, who saw a massive influx of attendance after the 9/11 attacks, has continued to gain traction among New Yorkers. At the same time, the City has also banned hundreds of churches from using government and city run facilities, like schools, for religious meetings.
The AP article writes:
“Despite its reputation, New York is not the godless Gomorrah that outsiders envision. The city has experienced an evangelical revival of sorts, with young, goateed pastors establishing churches in storefronts, auditoriums and hotel ballrooms. According to nycreligion.info, about 40 percent of the 200 evangelical congregations in Manhattan below 125th Street started in the last decade. The Empire State Building is home to an evangelical school, The King's College, where students are preparing to become Christian leaders.”
As the leading Christian educational institution in New York, King’s welcomes dialogue about Christianity in the city. World-renowned speakers like the Presidential Scholars Wayne Grudem, Steve Barr, Brian Wesbury and Dallas Willard (on campus April 11-13) engage on topics from politics and physics to economics and philosophy to show that faith is not limited to the church pew or personal life. Tebow’s move to New York makes lectures like theirs all the more relevant to New Yorkers as they wrestle with faith in the public arena.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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