Sports Talk

Charles Kiser —  April 7, 2008 — 8 Comments

1. I’m a Mavs fan. I watched a great comeback win yesterday over the Phoenix Suns. It looks like they’ll make the playoffs in a tough Western Conference. Julie and I got nosebleed tickets with the Chappotins to watch them dominate Golden State last week—oh so satisfying after getting kicked out of the playoffs by the Warriors in the first round last year.

I was skeptical about the Mavs’ ability to win big games after the Jason Kidd trade, but they’ve got my attention now. We’ll see how they finish the season and perform in the playoffs.

2. I ran in the Big D Texas Marathon 5K with a good friend this weekend. I was pleased to finish at (what I consider) a decent time after not running very consistently since we’ve been in Dallas. We were mainly there to support a new friend of mine who was running the half-marathon. It was quite an accomplishment. Less than a year ago he struggled even to run a mile, and now he’s just finished running 13.1 miles at less than a 10 minute/mile pace. Pretty impressive.

Friend Raj in red, James on far right

All of this has made me want to get back into running again. I’m planning on participating in a 6 mile Mud-run event in November, and maybe even the White Rock half-marathon in December. Sometime I’ll have to share the hilarity of my experience running/walking/crawling the original marathon event in Athens, Greece when I studied abroad there in 1999. I trained for a whopping 3 weeks. It took me more than 2 weeks to recover. Enough said.

3. The Porches and I are going to join a flag football league in Uptown. It’s co-ed 8 v. 8 on Thursday nights. Everyone plays a game and heads to a local bar afterwards to hang out. Should be a great way to have fun and meet people.

Every one of these everyday life activities—basketball, running, flag football— presents itself with opportunities to enjoy the good world God has made for us and to live out the way of Jesus in friendship with other people. Living missionally is sometimes not about doing new things as much as it is seeing the same old things with a different set of lenses.

Charles Kiser


I’m a pastor, missionary, and contextual theologian in Dallas, Texas. I’m committed to equipping and coaching Christians to start fresh expressions of Christian community in Dallas County — communities of hospitality, inclusion, justice, and healing.

8 responses to Sports Talk


    Ridin’ in the drop top with the top down saw ya switchin’ lanes!


    My boy, Baron, would not appreciate you talking about him in such an unflattering manner.


    Must be tough on Chris to watch the Warriors and the Suns get dominated by the lowly Mavs!

    Charles is a good athlete, running the 5k with almost no training. I would have fell over after 1/2 mile. Charles is tough minded, and with some training, I have no doubt he can complete the 1/2 marathon in 2 hours or better. Us old guys will never stand a chance.

    Rock Chalk Jayhawk April 7, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I was wondering why there was no talk of the Memphis Tigers in this post. Then I watched the game tonight and realised why.

    Go Jayhawks!!

    I have to admit that Memphis was the only other team worthy of the National Title. Good game!


    WAY TO GO, CHARLES!! Chris is hittin’ the gym hard trying to run 10 minute miles back to back….he is up to two….!! By November he wants to be kickin’ butt!! I have no interest in the mud run (basically because it grosses me out to think of going through mud that other people have sweat, spit, threw up in, etc…). So, ya’ll have fun with that! Whoops…the filter came off there for a minute…. 🙂


    I’m REALLY looking forward to the Mud Run! I’ve been training since Janurary and so far, I’ve lost almost 25 lbs! I’m currently doing 15 miles a week. So I should be ready by November!

    Really PROUD of you guys! WAY TOO GO! Don’t have anything for you about the Basketball games, don’t watch. GO COWBOYS!


    I enjoyed meeting you and hearing of your plans for our community, Charles. Just dropped by to say hello.

    Hope all is well!

    Jeremy Gregg
    Director of Development
    Central Dallas Ministries

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