I was curious to see him in action in the pulpit and, after 400+ comments in Headlines on this, figured you would be too. Here’s all 24 minutes of his QA yesterday at the “Easter on the Hill” service in Texas together with a snippet from his answer on “Tebowing” for people who can’t spare the time. Actual quote from Timothy Dolan, the new cardinal from NYC and a contender to succeed Benedict as Pope: “We got over 3,000 people at St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning, you think one Timothy Dolan would be happy. But I’m jealous because one Timothy Tebow has 25,000.” (The AP said it was closer to 15,000.)
Over at Yahoo Sports, “Shutdown Corner” says we’ve got an honest-to-goodness cultural phenomenon here:
“I think it’s exactly what we wanted to have happen,” [pastor Joe] Champion said. “We had people coming from all over the region; even from out of state. One lady drove 17 hours from Indianapolis with her two daughters, and Tim just did an outstanding job of sharing Easter and the life of Christ in his personal testimony. We were just thrilled with everything about [the service].”…
“In Christianity, it’s the Pope and Tebow right now,” Champion said. “We didn’t have enough room to handle the Pope.”…
When it was Tebow’s turn to speak, the former Denver Broncos and current New York Jets quarterback reaffirmed his conviction that he would be public about his Christian beliefs. “It’s OK to be outspoken about your faith,” he said.
Tebow then took a shot at those athletes who claim that they’re not role models, or act in ways that would not be worthy of the title, in his mind.
“Yes you are. You’re just not a good one.”
Follow the link for photos of Jets jerseys being worn by people outside New York State, which must surely be a first in NFL history. Tebow’s current favorable rating among New Yorkers: 44/11, although we’ll see how that goes after the team’s inevitable disappointing 3-3 or 4-4 start.