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Should Christians Support the NFL?

Air Date January 31, 2015


It’s violent, sexist and rife with materialism. So, why are so many Christians watching the Superbowl? That’s how some Christians feel about “America’s Game.” And, this Saturday, Julie Roys will explore our infatuation with football with Dr. Owen Strachan, a critic of the sport—and former NFL Cornerback-turned-preacher, Ray McElroy. Listen and join the lively discussion this Saturday at 8 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate!


Ray Mcelroy

Ray McElroy
Ray McElroy was an NFL Cornerback, playing for the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions for six seasons. He served as the Chaplain for the Chicago Bears and is also the founder of A Ray of Hope on Earth, a non-profit organization focused on empowering youth, changing lives and making a difference in young men across America through school tours, biblical and educational programs and youth football camps. He is happily married to his wife, Michelle and is a proud father of four children, son, Miray; daughters, Jamari, Janae and Ramiah.

Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan
Owen Strachan is the President of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanshood. In addition to his CBMW Presidential work, Owen is Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College. He is the Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement at SBTS. Owen is the author of several books, including “Risky Gospel”. He is married to the lovely Bethany and is the father of three children.


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Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice of biblical wisdom on Moody Radio, earning an audience through her weekly commentaries and appearances on The Morning Ride. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.