March 21st, 2012
02:28 PM ET
Denver Christians mourn Tebow’s departure, say they’ll root from afar
By Dan Merica, CNN
(CNN) – When star quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos this week, Denver pastor Jim Mackey signed at the thought that Tim Tebow probably wouldn’t be wearing Broncos blue and orange next season. The Broncos don’t need two star quarterbacks and the New York Jets announced Wednesday that Tebow is now theirs.
“It was a topic of conversation last night,” Mackey said in a phone interview Wednesday, describing Tuesday night services at his Next Level Church.
“It is an emotional thing and a bit more emotional for people who have connected with Tebow’s expression of faith,” Mackey said. “Rather than just a QB controversy, which is not unique in the NFL, this does seem to have hit more of a personal nerve for those in the Christian community.”
Mackey’s church meets Tuesday nights, not Sunday mornings, because Mackey believes Sunday is a day for people to do Colorado things – skiing, hiking and Broncos games.
Tebow, who helped turn the bottom-dwelling Broncos into a playoff team last year, transcended sports with his overt professions of faith and his late game heroics, which led some to believe that God was on the young quarterback’s side.
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Throughout the season, Tebow’s jersey was flying off the racks and “Tebowing” – the act of getting down on one knee and praying while everyone around you does something else – became to be an internet meme and widely recognized symbol. Tebow quickly became the public face of FRS Company and Jockey; for months, it was hard to click on ESPN without hearing his name.
“Tim Tebow seems to have won the hearts of not only football fans in Denver but the people here at large,” said Rob Brendle, pastor at the evangelical Denver United Church. “One of the most exciting aspects of last season was that casual sports fans and those who aren’t even interested in football, like my wife, became captivated by the influence of Tim Tebow.”
“Around the water cooler and in church, there is sadness at the likelihood of his departure,” Brendle said, a few hours before the Jets announcement.
Though Tebow cashed in with endorsements, he also lent his face and celebrity to causes he believed in, many in the Denver area. Like many players, Tebow invited individual fans to his games. In his last game with the Broncos, a playoff face-off with quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Tebow hugged Kelly Faughnan, a 22-yard old female who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and whom the Tebow Foundation had invited to the game.
Brendle said that Tebow showed that you can be both good at sports and good at giving back.
“It is hard not to cheer for the Christian kid,” Brendle said.
Jim Daly, president of the Colorado Springs-based evangelical group Focus on the Family, teamed up with Tebow for antiabortion Super Bowl ad last year. The spot illustrated how comfortable Tebow is trumpeting his Christian beliefs, even on a polarizing issue.
“I think there is going to be this period of mourning for Tim Tebow’s departure,” Daly said. “I think that that affection that people have for Tebow goes well beyond Denver and his ability to play football.”
Daly says Focus still hopes to work with Tebow in the future.
“Regardless of where he is, he is a national celebrity and it would be great to work with him again – even if he is in New York,” Daly said.
Matthew Ware, Executive and Worship Pastor at Victory Church in Denver, said Tebow fans were hoping for the quarterback to stay local even after the Manning announcement.
“I think most people were hoping for a "both/and" instead of an "either/or" situation,” Ware said. “We love the idea that perhaps Manning could ‘disciple’ Tebow into greatness in the next few years.”
Many believers in Denver will now have to balance being a Broncos fan with rooting for a New York-based Tebow.
“Tebowmania has a magnetism and loyalty that's undeniable,” Ware said. “While most people will ultimately support their home team, once in a while a player comes along that wins your heart. Tebow is that kind of player. He'll have Denver fans no matter where he plays.”
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It's illustrative at how insecure and fragile their belief is to begin with, if this one dude creates such adoration.
If you feel better about your belief just because a celebrity shares it, you got problems.
I can't speak for eveyone else but what I as you put it "adore" about Tebow is that he is man enough to confess Christ before men, unlike many who call themselves Christians these days.
To the contrary MN we don't adore him because he is a great athelete we merely admire him because inspite of the backlash of following his faith in the face of being mocked and riducled for it, he still does it. It is something to admire and look up to. The Bible says everytime a sinner comes to repentance and turns back to God "the Angels rejoice in heaven" how much more when someone is steadfast in the faith, against all the odds and all s/he has going for them. We are not insecure about our faith we believe weather he or you believe or not. If anything it seems you are insecure in seeing such a display of faith that you just can stand it and have to say something nasty about it. Ask God to help you examine your own heart and you will see what it is really full of...
Mourn? Come on people...
Personally I think it would be hilarious if Tebow got mixed up with wrong crowd and started drinking and partying.
He probably already is. Women throw themselves at this guy everywhere he goes. Does anyone really think he's not bagging everything with breasts and a heartbeat that gets within arm's reach of him?
Unless he prefers dudes, and if he does, you go, girl!
$100 says he already has/does but just hasn't been caught yet. You can be assured, though, that when he is standing over the body of a 2 year old that he ran over in his Bentley while high on X all he will have to do is plead that he's only human and he's very sorry for what happened and the Christians will admonish him and go back to cheering for him when he's allowed to play because the Jets are making a push for the Super Bowl or they are playing New England or something. The culture surrounding professional sports, with all the money thrown around and lack of personal consequences, is not conducive to someone to sustain living a "Christian" lifestyle for very long. There are too many women, too many temptations to sit quietly at home or spend your time studying film. You'd have to be a complete idiot (or completely naive) to think a good Christian like Tebow can possibly resist that.
Tebow is probably an ok young man. I wish him the best.
Imagine he'd win a Super Bowl with the Jets (god forbid), but imagine the hype then. All previous 50 or so super bowl winners would mean nothing, because now dog finally crowned his prince and blessed him.
Nick said "Hilarious" Hilarious perhaps you and the devil if Tim got mixed up with the wrong crowd but that is the beauty of Christianity knowing that you are a sinner saved by God Grace and free gift of Salvation available thru Jesus Christ. That is the expression people like Tim demonstrate that they are nothing without the Grace of God seems to get wicked and evil people that get awfully excited to see such people fall from Grace but God is merciful and is forgiving. Tim knows he can do all the things you mentioned and worse but still chooses not to do it, for doing it he knows would displeasing to God.
"God is merciful and is forgiving." -- I see. Hmmm. So if I ACCEPT Jesus as the TRUE savior then I can be forgiven for being a human being? But if I don't, I can expect to burn in a lake of fire with the other unrepentant sinners? If that's Christianity's definition of merciful I'll follow my own path, thanks though.
You do realize its all fake right? religion is just to control you.. my god is better than your god crap. Tebow is a football player. relax America.
"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me..." Isaiah 45:5 (KJV)
"My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand". – Jesus, John 10:29 (KJV)
Since there is only one true God, He cannot be compared with anyone or anything else. Therefore, your statement is meaningless and frivolous.
Hey, Rhubarb, quoting the BIBLE to "prove" both that the Christian idea of God is the ONLY correct viewpoint and that said God "exists" and is greater than all things is like using the fact that the ground is wet to prove that it's raining (ignoring all the other possible reasons for why the ground could be wet). You really don't know anything about Christianity based on your comment.
Wet ground doesn't prove it's raining anymore than pedantic comments such as yours prove the existence of intelligence.
But I will admit that you know far more about Christianity than me....I mean, c'mon....you're SATAN !
Tell us all, what was it like in the Garden crawling around on your belly? Were you lonely?
I was saying all religions compare gods like there are any. There is no "god" man, woman, or animal. Quoting a book means nothing. They are made up stories to control people. Stop pretending.
Don't worry, Colorado Christians, you've still got Ted Haggard.
And he is almost as gay as Tebow.
they should all move, en masse, and go with their false idol.
The article is pretty much written from the inside-the-bubble view. Only overtly demonstrative Christians would be interested in Tebow's overtly over the top chrisitian displays. And miss them as part of the 'show'. What else is it but a show?
Anybody interested in football would say: Tebow's probably a nice kid, yeah, late game heroics, colorful, now let's move on. We wish him the best of luck. But god certainly was not on his side in professional matters. He was clearly on Eli Manning's side, you know, nice guy, late game heroics, colorful...
It's just a game...
They "mourn" his departure? This sounds like borderline worship of "false idols"... for shame! LOL
Hey "TheBubbleMan" Perhaps Eli and Tim can learn from each other. Tim to play better and Eli to be a great guy like Tim and learn about faith. There is a new concept its not always about the game and winning, its sportmanship and faith too. Glad not everyone thinks like you, In all things God is to be Glorified whether we Win or Lose the game
i live in colorado.. and this is GOOD NEWS. GOOD RIDDANCE, Mr God Bless. I am tired of the Colorado Springs religious zealots. Thank "GOD" we have Boulder.
Perhaps if Christians attempted to telepathically communicate with their bronze-age, middle-eastern more frequently, Tebow wouldn't of been traded.
Tebow was nothing but a Clown. I'm glad to see him go.
This frees them up to follow Mithra.
Trust me.. as sad as the Religious freaks are to see him leave, is as as sad as we are in NY to have him playing here. This is a disastor trade
Tebow is a backup quaterback at best. He can't pass, and can't be coached.
American "Christians" are hilarious. When they get together they distract themselves with football, hunting, Easter eggs, fish frys, politics, gossip etc., but ask them to get together to meditate on and discuss what the Nazarene was trying to teach, and all they can come up with is that he died so that they could get a pass when they do stuff that is wrong, basically recruiting his endorsement in absentia to goldbrick their own behavior.
"...all they can come up with..."
Jorge, that is so wrong. Jesus chose to die for our sins. Jesus told us that his sacrifice was for that purpose. Your interpretation of His death and resurrection is a feeble attempt to take a shot at Cristians. You are far from qualified to make such a judgement.
He's just one of those new-age modern Christians, with little knowledge of and no connection to original Christianity. And Denver would be 6-10 at best with Tebow this year. Come on, lose to the Chiefs in week 17 and score nothing? Ouch.
Would Tebow fans find it also heartwarming and inspiring if a devout player showed his firm religious faith by gesturing to Buddha in the end zone in appreciation for a touchdown? Just asking.
God did not give buddah to the world as His only begotten son that whomever should believe on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Just answering.
"God did not give buddah to the world as His only begotten son that whomever should believe on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Just answering."
How do you now God gave Jesus as his only begotten son? No, bible scripture does not count as those are words of men.
Probably not "Not All Docs Play Golf" because he or you doing that would be doing it to call attention to youself and not to God. Buddha did not tell people to worship him as Jesus did, Buddhist are merely following a path. Tebow on the other hand is the real deal, he does it when it is not popular and in the face of criticism and gives God the credit and Glory for all of his talents.
Barry...do you also believe a guy named Noah built an ark 300 cubits by 90 cubits all by himself and loaded 2 of every known microbial organism onto his boat when your angry God flooded "the whole world" killing innocents including the unborn in wombs, and that we are all descendands of this one man Noah? And that a guy named Jonah spend 3 days in the belly of whale? Just asking.
The whole bible was not wriiten by men, besides the part that was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, God wrote the Ten Commandments Himself.
Glen...tell me where Jesus told people to worship himself (Jesus).
"The whole bible was not wriiten by men, besides the part that was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, God wrote the Ten Commandments Himself."
Yes the entire bible was written and edited by a bunch of men over 1500+ years...please research the history of your religion...
Yeah and the bible was inspired by the holy spirit........ACCORDING TO THE MEN WHO WROTE THE BIBLE!!!!
Hey guess what, god is talking to me now. He is inspiring me to write another book and edit it into the bible. Now WHY DO YOU BELIEVE THEM AND NOT ME WHEN I SAY THESE CRAZY THINGS?
Not all docs...Yes I do and if you read the Bible correctly you would understand that the animals walked up to Noah to be put on the ark which was a miracle in of itself. God filled the ark not Noah. For once in your life have some faith dude!
Barry...so "God" himself "wrote" the 10 commandments? In what language? Did he use a printing press or that magical lightening carving a stone like you were led to believe in the Hollywood Charlton Heston movie that you have bought into as real history?
@ @youignantdotcom God would not tell you to write another Bible because the current one say's that if anyone adds to or takes away from what is written that he or she will be cursed. Please get educated in the word of God before posting things that shows your ignorance of the Bible. Your comments removes all doubt, if you know what I mean.
"God would not tell you to write another Bible because the current one say's that if anyone adds to or takes away from what is written that he or she will be cursed. Please get educated in the word of God before posting things that shows your ignorance of the Bible. Your comments removes all doubt, if you know what I mean."
First, you didnt read my post correctly. My post said, god is telling me to write another book and edit it into the bible like he supposedly did with the authors of the bible many years ago. You obviously know very little about the bible and its history. The bible you know and love HAS been manipulated by many men over many years. The bible you know is not in its original form. Books were added and deleted to appease world leaders and religious leaders at the time. These are all facts and have been agreed on by many religious scholars.
Barry...before you lecture people on their ignorance of the Bible, you should know that indeed over thousands of years both before and after the time of Christ editing has taken place extensively of what eventually became known as the Bible, by men, indeed adding and taking away, translating, selecting out passages, creating new ones, embellishing the stories like fisherman. None of the 4 gosples was written any sooner than 100 years after the death of Christ, and not by the 4 Apostles named as sources of the 4 gospels, or anyone who had actually lived during the life of Christ. You should study about that yourself before you go lecturing people about their lack of historical knowledge about the Bible.
@youignantdotcom...How do you know that anything you read is true? You read it in the newspaper. Does that make it true? People in the newspaper are quoted as saying this and that. Were they real people? Did they really say that?
At some point a person has to have faith that something is true or not. The fact that you do not believe what is written in the Bible is your choice. Lots of people have made the decision to believe the basic tenets of Christianity and that is because of the Bible. If you don't like that, fine. Telling people what they can and cannot believe based on your analysis of the situation is not okay.
"@youignantdotcom...How do you know that anything you read is true? You read it in the newspaper. Does that make it true? People in the newspaper are quoted as saying this and that. Were they real people? Did they really say that?
At some point a person has to have faith that something is true or not. The fact that you do not believe what is written in the Bible is your choice. Lots of people have made the decision to believe the basic tenets of Christianity and that is because of the Bible. If you don't like that, fine. Telling people what they can and cannot believe based on your analysis of the situation is not okay."
I believe what I read in the news as truth because the people writing about the story have evidence of the story they are writing about. It actually happened and can be verified. If people are quoted in the news as saying something when they did not, there would be lawsuits abound; defamation, libel. This is not blind faith like believing in the bible.
I choose not to believe in the bible because it is nothing but the works of MEN written and edited over a long period of time to manipulate people. If you are placing your blind faith in man, then you are #ignant. Who are you to tell me what I can and cannot say? I never said that you can or cannot believe that cr...ap. you can believe what you want...but I do reserve the right to call you crazy for beliefs based on absolutely no evidence.
youignantdotcom- your handle says it all. Real slow again just for you-Tebow inspired and took a junk team to the playoffs and a game from the SuperBowl. And he did it without a good supporting cast, front office support, or dogfighting. Step off foolio.
"your handle says it all. Real slow again just for you-Tebow inspired and took a junk team to the playoffs and a game from the SuperBowl. And he did it without a good supporting cast, front office support, or dogfighting. Step off foolio."
I guess tebow played defense, special teams and kicked game winning field goals too, huh? Last time I checked, he was tebowing when those parts of the team were on the field. Cheerleaders inspire teams, QBs throw the ball down the field, accurately. Ill say it again for #youignant.....46% competions, worst QB rating in the league, cant throw a 15 yard out route. Tebow is NOT GOOD and you need to give credit to other parts of the team other than a QB that went 4/10 for 80 yards vs the Chargers and 2/8 for 70 yards against a weak KC chiefs team. #YOUIGNANT
Tebow is a bum! Pure luck
Football is not to be praised for its glory. Coaches were put out of football by the NFL for a their evil actions.
Tebow is beyond winning and losing, he is about living good with your heart.
Football is NOT the most important thing on this earth. People are, just ask Tebow.
Also have to add that Denver will now be a football team with a chance to be really good. No distractons from all of Tebows crap!!
I wish I knew you in real life so I could be all like I told you so when Peyton splits his wins and losses and Tebow has a winning season in New York...
"I wish I knew you in real life so I could be all like I told you so when Peyton splits his wins and losses and Tebow has a winning season in New York..."
LOL wow....first, he is going to have to actually PLAY and Start at QB, which will not happen...Second, what makes you think this? was it his 46% completion percentage? or his QB rating (worst in the league)? Or maybe his accuracy? #youignant
Yea, who wants a Christian quarterback that prays after scoring a touchdown. Most NFL teams would prefer players that get drunk, do drugs, get arrested, shoot off a pistol in their pants at a night club, etc.
I agree. Tebow is a clown
This is the most ridiculous article. Who gives a damn about his religion in the football context??
Billy your right..
You're reading an article on the religion blog - why wouldn't it be about religion?
Hey, I'm not religious... but I liked Tebow! Hadn't watched NFL for over 25 years until him... always been a big college football guy only.
so you enjoy watching cra....ppy QBs?
Tebow is a good guy. Putting football aside, no matter where he ends up, he'll make a difference in the community there.
"Tebow is a good guy"
Really? You know him personally?
If not, than you are just speculating. He could be a total dick.
Hi, everyone. My name is Felix and I regurgitate exactly what articles tell me.