Physical Education, Sports, and Wellness: Looking to God as We Look at Ourselves

Physical Education, Sports, and Wellness: Looking to God as We Look at Ourselves


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A collection of twenty papers and presentations given at the Conference on Christianity, Sport, Leisure, and Wellness over a four-year period. Christian professionals discuss theoretical and practical concepts related to leisure and sport.



Publication Date



Health and Human Performance


Dordt College Press


Sioux Center, Iowa


physical education, sports, Christianity


Christianity | Exercise Science


Table of Contents:
Part I. Your body: good and beautiful. The Bible and the body: a biblical perspective on health and physical education / John Cooper --
The incarnation and the flesh / Bud Williams --
Somatospiritual model: a biomechanist looks at the Bible / Brian W. Bergemann --
Part II. Your body: glorifying God and enjoying God forever. Transforming wellness: linking spiritual concepts to personal health / Timothy J. Voss --
Spirituality and wellness: student perspectives / John Byl --
Attitudes of member institutions of the coalition for Christian colleges and universities (USA) towards required health and fitness courses in the core curriculum / Allison J. McFarland --
Part III. Teaching physical education. Developing an aim-centered K-12 physical education program based on Christian tenets / Marvin A. Zuidema --
Leadership theory as it applies to academic work / Beth A. Easter and Dale E. Gibson --
Sport education: more necessary than ever / James Timmer, Sr. --
Intentional integration of scripture into the study of sport sociology / Allison J. McFarland --
Part IV. Learning through sport. Christian sport and leisure: oxymoron or redundancy? / Carl E. Zylstra --
We coach "play the whistle" but what happens when the whistle breaks? / Gregory Gidman and David Turkington --
Sports ethics via Thoreau / Douglas Hochstetler --
A reflection on the moral value of interscholastic athletes / Calvin P. Van Reken --
Pressure to win? But I'm a Christian coach at a Christian college / Karol Hunt --
Moral reasoning: what is it and how it is best accomplished in the classroom and gymnasium / Sharon K. Stoll --
The effects of religiosity, education and experience on the moral reasoning levels of NCAA division III male head athletic directors / James R. Timmer, Jr. --
Senior student's perspectives on physical education and sport / Murray W. Hall --
Part V. Historically rooted perspectives. Calvinist and Mennonites: a pilot study on shepherding Christianity and sport in Canada / John Byl --
A contrast between physical activity in the early church and muscular Christianity: what implications does this have for the 21st century? / Dale E. Campbell.

Physical Education, Sports, and Wellness: Looking to God as We Look at Ourselves