Category: Writing examples

Sportswriting examples

From 2008-12, I was a freelance sportswriter. During that time, I primarily covered Tennessee Volunteers Football for bleacherreport.com. I had other duties for many other sites, some of which are featured in the pdf download available on this page. Multiple types of articles are featured on this download. From columns to letters from the editor to general reporting, you can see the attention to detail and my overall writing style. 

NFL Draft 2012 coverage

In 2012, I had the unique opportunity to be involved in covering the NFL Draft. As part of my responsibilities to cover the annual April event, I reported live from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. In addition to filing daily stories, I did multiple radio live radio interviews covering the week-long event. You can download a pdf featuring many of those articles here. 

Restoring Togetherness

Below is an excerpt of my feature story in the August 2015 edition of Good News Chattanooga magazine.

Marriage as we know it has changed. No, this article has nothing to do with the Supreme Court. The change I’m referring to happened a long time ago when the two working together for the good of the whole family inexplicably morphed into the two living their own individual lives.

Traditional roles of male breadwinner and female homemaker have long since passed. And in the place of tradition, we have substituted two individuals, working separately, rarely getting a glimpse of each other.

Whether you are climbing your own ladders of success or, in some cases, leading totally separate lives, marriage for many is a shell of what it used to be.

Throughout the New Testament, we read about a couple that exemplified togetherness. Aquila and Priscilla come on the scene in Acts as companions of Apostle Paul.

In Acts 18, we learn that Aquila and Priscilla trained Apollos, a powerful first-century church leader. In Romans 16, Paul says the couple risked their lives for him. In 1 Corinthians, we find out that a church was meeting in their house.

There are six different references to this dynamic duo and they are always named as a couple rather than individuals.

There’s no doubt Aquila and Priscilla were an integral piece to the foundation of the early church. And they did it all together.

The obvious ministry application aside, this original power couple can teach us a lot…

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A Stormy Transition Brings a New Season

Below is an excerpt of a feature story in the March 2015 edition of Good News Cleveland magazine.

Springtime is just around the corner. Blooming flowers, fresh green leaves, dogwoods and perfect temperatures are welcomed signs after a winter of polar dips, snowflakes, and black ice.

While we always look forward to this wonderful respite from the harshness of winter, the time of transition between the seasons is often quite extreme. Polar dips and icy streets give way to severe storms and tornado warnings. Many times the transition period between the seasons is worse than what we experienced throughout the entire previous season.

Just as the seasonal transition from winter to spring can bring storms and unsettled weather, managing the tension between the old and new seasons in our lives often prove to be an anxious task.

In the Acts of the Apostles, we read of the miraculous exploits that the Apostle Peter performed throughout the years immediately following Jesus’ ascension. Flip backward a couple of books, however, and you’ll see a different picture of the same man–a disciple referred to as Simon.

To call his transition from Simon the fisherman to Peter the Apostle tumultuous would be an understatement.

After answering the call of Jesus, abruptly leaving his business as a professional fisherman, Simon became one of the Messiah’s most devoted followers. Simon was, in fact, the first of the disciples to publicly recognize the deity of Jesus. Simon was also the first and only disciple to actually get out of the boat to walk on the water in the midst of a howling rainstorm. However, his focus on the overwhelming height of the waves rather than the beckoning hand of the Master caused him to sink underneath the weight of his immature faith…

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Marriage Devotional

Below is a small snippet of the marriage devotional found in 30:1 Marriage: Overcoming The Odds (Volume 2)

A key concept in everyday life is balance. You need it to walk successfully. Balance is needed to keep things level in life. In an extremist culture, balance is often viewed as a negative compromise. However, in marriage, balance is one of the most important aspects of a happy, healthy relationship with one’s spouse.

Within marriage, balance is key to saving, spending, health, and raising children, just to name a few. Perhaps, the greatest aspect of balance within a marriage is the delicate tension between working as a whole—two becoming one—and keeping some measure of individuality.

Jesus Himself called for the two to “become one flesh” in Mark 10. When the Apostle Paul spoke of the union between Christ and the Church, he reiterated those same words of Jesus in Ephesians chapter five. So we’re supposed to forfeit our own identities for the sake of the whole, right? Well, not exactly…

 

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