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Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow Build Friendship on Christian Foundation

 

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow have begun to build a friendship on the foundation of their Christian faith.

Adrian Tam, Lin‘s former chaplain at Harvard University, told People magazine of their friendship.

“They’ve spoken over the telephone. Jeremy’s been a fan of Tebow’s for a while, but only recently were they able to connect,” Tam said. “His comment to me was that Tim is a really great guy and that he’s very inspired by him.”

Tim Tebow also shared his admiration for Lin’s success and demeanor in a Feb. 20, ESPN interview.

Tebow said he really liked him, respected him alot and wished him the best of luck.

“How he handles himself and how he carries himself, I think he’s a great role-model,” Tebow said. “I’m proud of it.”

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At the time, Tebow said that he hasn’t met Lin personally, but advised him to stay true to himself and not to listen to anybody. He also thinks Lin is doing a good job handling the media and sudden barrage of press he’s getting.

“I think he’s handling himself great and I think he can take care of himself,” Tebow said.

Lin and Tebow shared great success in college and re-wrote the record books of their respective college conferences. They are unique in their paths to professional stardom, however, with Tebow being a first-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and Lin having to play in the NBA D-League before riding the Knicks’ bench.

While many parallels can be drawn from their sports stories, the most important to them is that of their Christian faith. Both have expressed an interest in becoming pastors in the future and openly profess their love for Jesus Christ. Lin says he was inspired by Tebow’s public display of his faith.

In November, while Lin was having dinner with former Harvard assistant coach Kenny Blakeney, CEO of the sports apparel company Sportin Scarves, Lin expressed his admiration for what Tebow stands for, according to People magazine.

“He goes, ‘Man, I love what he stands for,’” Blakeney recalled.

Blakeney also said that their success is a result of their strong faith.

“There’s something there [in their faith] that I think has given those guys the discipline to fight through and break down walls in their professions,” Blakeney added.

Tony Dungy Offers Super Bowl Halftime Video on Adoption

Pro football TV analyst and NFL Super Bowl XLI winning coach Tony Dungy is hoping that a large number of Christians hosting parties for this year’s Super Bowl will include showing their guests his 3-minute video asking Americans to take a look at the world’s orphan crisis and adoption.

Tony Dungy“The big win on Super Sunday would be to raise awareness about the millions of children who need a family. I would love to see thousands of local community groups and circles of friends gathering together to stop and consider how they can help,” said Dungy, who was the head coach of the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts.

Dungy is involved with The Adoption Journey Project, a collective of organizations who want to break down the barriers to adoption. The groups include Bethany Christian Services, Lifesong for Orphans, and Lifeline Children’s Services.

The video message available for free download at http://www.adoptionjourney.org/dungyhalftime and in a DVD includes a personal message from Dungy and his wife, Lauren, aimed at helping more couples consider adoption.

Marc Andreas, vice president of Marketing at Bethany Christian Services, the largest adoption agency in the country, told The Christian Post Monday that he is hoping that the video will make more people aware of the “global orphan crisis of kids that need mom and dads.”

“With more than 100,000 children in need of a stable and loving family in the U.S., if just a fraction of groups gathering to watch the ‘big game’ influence just one family to adopt, we would make a huge dent in this social crisis,” Andreas said.

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This year’s Super Bowl halftime show includes Madonna. However, Andreas said that his group, consisting of hundreds of volunteers, and its efforts are not in competition with the celebrity singer.

“We’re doing a grassroots effort. We want to reach out to people that already have a heart for adoption. Those people, like our 1,200 volunteers, are going to want to spend three to five minutes of their halftime doing something good for kids and they will be okay in turning off Madonna,” he said.

“I don’t expect it to literally compete with Madonna across the entire public, but for those that have a heart for this and know that they care for orphans and adoption I think it will be a great fit,” he explained.

Dungy and his wife have four adopted children as well as three biological children.

“I see adoption as the second phase of being pro-life,” said Dungy, in an interview story posted on the Adoption Journey website. “It’s a vivid reminder of what God has done by adopting us into His family.”

The free halftime video kit available online includes the 3-minute video featuring Dungy and his wife, a printable guide for event organizers for introducing the video and starting conversations about the Dungys’ message, and instructions for downloading the video with multiple ways to play it on the television.

Andreas said that the video project provides an opportunity for lots of Christian families around the country that are gathering for Super Bowl parties with their friends and family to do something good.

The goal for The Adoption Journey Project is to foster honest conversations about the adoption process, offer comprehensive yet easily accessible information about domestic and international adoption, and connect those who have already adopted with those who are thinking about it.

Steven Spielberg Directing New ‘Ten Commandments’?

Steven Spielberg is signing on to direct an interpretation of the classic “Ten Commandments,” according to reports.

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Warner Brothers is behind the new movie, tentatively titled “Gods and Kings” that will focus more on the life of Moses than the actual reception of the commandments. One insider told Deadline.com, “It’s a movie like a Braveheart-ish version of the Moses story: him coming down the river, being adopted, leaving his home, forming an army, and getting the Ten Commandments.”

This will be the first movie to challenge the 1956 classic starring Charlton Heston. That production was made by Paramount Pictures and is the highest-grossing movie of all time, with $977 million in 2010. The American Film Industry named “Commandments” one of its “Ten Top Ten” in the epic category.

Mike Fleming carefully points out that “Gods and Kings” is more focused on “the book of Exodus and other stories from the Old Testament.”

Warner Brothers is also in talks to produce a movie telling the story of Judah Maccabee, who led the Jewish revolt against Greek and Syrian armies. Mel Gibson is working with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on that project. Gibson previously produced “The Passion of the Christ,” which depicted the last hours of Jesus Christ.

Spielberg has long been associated with successful, dramatic films including “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List,” which AFI has listed as one of the Ten Greatest Films Ever Made. “Schindler’s List” told the true story of Oskar Schindler, who saved over 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.

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“Braveheart” is a classic movie by Spielberg portraying the struggle during the First War of Scottish Independence. Ironically, Gibson starred in that movie, playing Scottish hero William Wallace who led the charge against King Edward I of England. The picture earned five Academy Awards in 1995.

There is no word yet as to who may be in Spielberg’s new production, but odds are that this time Gibson will be busy with his own project.