Tuesday’s Podcast: The Ministry of an NBA Chaplain

Our sports podcast, The 252, returned to today with a new episode that looked back, at what’s happened since our Tokyo Olympics preview, and ahead, to the coming NBA season.

In segment one, Chris, Sam, and I reviewed some favorite Olympic events and talked about what to expect in Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024. We also asked what sports right now reveals about how we’re responding to the COVID pandemic, and touched on what the cases of Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles tell us about how fans perceive the mental health of athletes.

One of the Wolves we discussed: star forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns (left, in 2019) — Creative Commons (Susan Lesch)

In segment two, we welcomed Bethel alumnus Matt Moberg, who both co-pastors a congregation in South Minneapolis called The Table and serves as one of the chaplains for the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s a fascinating conversation about a kind of relational ministry that shows Matt a side of professional athletes that even hardcore fans might never see.

All that and our recommendations for three events to watch in October. You can stream or download The 252 at Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other services.