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Texas church expecting crowd of 30,000 for Tebow’s Easter sermon

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Tim Tebow will deliver the Easter sermon on Sunday at the Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas, and the expected turnout is one more indication of Tebow’s enormous popularity.

The church told local TV station KVUE that it’s erecting bleachers on its 60-acre outdoor space for what it expects to be a crowd of as many as 30,000 people.

“Obviously it’s our Super Bowl,” said Joe Champion, pastor at the Celebration Church. “Easter is the resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate in our faith. We feel like it’s going to be a testimony to the community. We want it to be a family event.”

Tebow recently got a mani-pedi (first time I’ve ever typed that phrase) to get himself ready for the festivities, but Pastor Champion wants to make clear that it’s not all about glorifying Tebow.

“There will be the sacredness of Easter,” Champion said. “It’s not a Tim Tebow show. It’s not about a celebrity. There’s really only one celebrity that we are going to honor and highlight.”

I don’t think he’s referring to Mark Sanchez.

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106 Responses to “Texas church expecting crowd of 30,000 for Tebow’s Easter sermon”
  1. rajbais says: Apr 6, 2012 10:54 AM

    Why Texas???

  2. largent80 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:58 AM

    The place has capacity for 30,000, or 25,000 if Rex decides to show up.

  3. iluvbears says: Apr 6, 2012 11:03 AM

    He’s probably a better preacher than quarterback.

  4. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 6, 2012 11:06 AM

    How many people are showing up if Sanchez delivers the sermon…30, maybe.

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 6, 2012 11:09 AM

    Joe Champion would be a great name for a quarterback.

  6. cali49er707 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:14 AM

    WHAT A SHAME………… instead of going to church to pay respect for the man above, more then half if not most will go just to see tebow, now if you you dont see anything wrong with that then…… GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!

  7. phillyhouse222 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:28 AM

    I applaud Tebow for being bold about his faith. Fans rip guys like Adam Jones for being an idiot. Then those same fans rip a guy like Tebow for being a good guy.

    Good for Tebow.

  8. villainousjake says: Apr 6, 2012 11:37 AM

    rajbais says:
    Apr 6, 2012 10:54 AM
    Why Texas???
    —————————–

    Why not?

  9. tombrookshire says: Apr 6, 2012 11:38 AM

    No doubt about it, if Tebow scores big here, he will make more money, longer on the motivational speaking circuit than he could ever make as a quarterback. I give him a lot of credit for leveraging his rock star persona to cash in for his future professional as a speaker. Who knows better than Tebow that his NFL QB skills are limited and his career rather short-lived. He will command Bill Clinton money for his speeches for a long time if he manages these few years correctly, with good representation and staying away from Hollywood actresses.

  10. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 6, 2012 11:38 AM

    When did the guy become an ordained minister? Better yet, when did he become an ordained NFL QB?

  11. broncobrewer says: Apr 6, 2012 11:43 AM

    Shouldn’t this be happening in dolphin stadium

  12. wetpaperbag3 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:45 AM

    I was fortunate enough to remember and see Reggie White in his playing days. I can’t help but to wonder what he’d be saying about Tebow right now. Would he approve? Certainly not openly, but still…

  13. dontcallmepete says: Apr 6, 2012 11:47 AM

    Here in a nutshell is what bugs people about Tim Tebow. We know him because of football yet here is another article that’s not about football but about Tim.

    It’s not his fault that the media focuses on his religion but I’m fairly certain that God isn’t watching football on Sundays.

  14. reach4succeed says: Apr 6, 2012 11:50 AM

    Considering the real reason for the season its great to get as many people as possible to hear the Easter message. Tebow is a God send. No jokes on that please.

  15. fatfreddystubbs says: Apr 6, 2012 12:03 PM

    I was fortunate enough to remember and see Reggie White in his playing days. I can’t help but to wonder what he’d be saying about Tebow right now. Would he approve? Certainly not openly, but still…
    ————————————————-
    I could be missing something here, but I don’t get what you mean that Reggie wouldn’t “openly” approve of Tebow.

    Reggie thanked god and talked about his faith every bit as much if not more than Tebow, and let’s not forget where Reggie White was and what he was doing when he found out Jerome Brown died: Preaching at a Billy Graham shindig at the old Vet.

  16. mullman7675 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    Tebow will be featured in the center ring, clowns coming out of small cars in the left and the bearded lady will steal the show from the third ring. The circus is in town people, make sure you get your tickets early…

  17. listenup823 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:31 PM

    People with no religion in their lives shouldn’t comment on those who do.. I don’t comment on people who sit at their computers all day and watch porn..

  18. MichaelEdits says: Apr 6, 2012 12:33 PM

    There should be an even larger turnout than that. Easter is when we celebrate Tim Tebow rising from the dead to save us from our sins.

  19. thraiderskin says: Apr 6, 2012 12:34 PM

    I’m an Athiest and I would want to go, if I was in Texas. I like Tebow, just because we have different philosophies, doesn’t mean I don’t respect the man for doing what he loves.

  20. nyjetsfan08 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:36 PM

    The media may have got the ball rolling by making a mountain out of a mole with this Tebow thing, but let’s not pretend that Tebow is perfect; he’s not exactly shying away from it, he’s taking advantage of it. In his faith, I would think Jesus, who was a poor carpenter, would disapprove. Somehow, I think being religious and being rich are two different archetypes and should not be mixed.

    And Reggie White had his bible studies, but I don’t recall him pushing his faith and trying to convert people. That’s what Tim Tebow has done as a missionary, trying to convert people. That I despise. If a person wants to convert or find God, so be it; let said person come to you. And I’m not just singling out Christianity — it goes for any religion.

  21. jjbadd says: Apr 6, 2012 12:37 PM

    @dontcallmepete
    Oh but he does…he is everywhere. I know this as a Christian, I see what I feel are false prophets every day. But Tebow isn’t asking for anyones approval, he is standing true in the face of all his doubters. I believe in him as a football player, and as a Christian. I respect the fact that no matter what you or I think, he is keeping the right thing on the top of his list.

  22. larry188 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:41 PM

    “…and the expected turnout is one more indication of Tebow’s enormous popularity.” This is more a sign of the general population’s exceptional ignorance.

  23. pantherpro says: Apr 6, 2012 12:45 PM

    What a pathetic place to live. With a moron for a Govenor what would you expect from these hillbillies?

  24. shackdelrio says: Apr 6, 2012 12:52 PM

    “Joe Champion, pastor at the Celebration Church. ”

    Fake name

  25. johnnyb1976 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:53 PM

    Is this a Rex Ryan approved activity?

  26. gpete1962 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:03 PM

    People with no religion in their lives shouldn’t comment on those who do.. I don’t comment on people who sit at their computers all day and watch porn.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Well said !!

    I can’t understand what makes people hate this kid?

  27. cali49er707 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    listenup823 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 12:31 PM
    People with no religion in their lives shouldn’t comment on those who do.. I don’t comment on people who sit at their computers all day and watch porn..

    —————————— —————————— ————–

    sorry4not spelling correctly my buttonR2sticky

  28. nokoolaidcowboy says: Apr 6, 2012 1:06 PM

    I think he’s a good kid but what are these people expecting him to do? Walk on water? Turn water into wine? Feed all of them with one fish? Come on…

  29. rueg10 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:09 PM

    on easter, i consider it a little disrespectful. tebow is a pro athlete, and a very religious man… that’s all fine. i consider myself religious in my beliefs, but i really don’t talk about it to people… at all. it’s not because i’m embarrassed, it’s because it’s my business and i don’t care about what others think. tebow on the other hand, wants to share his beliefs… but he should not use his celebrity status on easter. like the pastor said, this day isn’t about tebow, and if he isn’t ordained, he should stick to reading a scripture, and leave the sermon to the pastor.

  30. chrismatthewsucks says: Apr 6, 2012 1:10 PM

    Good for tebow, no one in the nfl does what ge does. Flies someone in for everygame spends time with them before and after the game pays for their expenses, how can you not like a guy like that? Also, he beat the dirty steelers.

  31. bigdog214 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    A sermon? To Who – 2nd graders? If Tebow’s IQ was 1 point lower he’d be a houseplant and have to be watered daily.

    No wonder he’s so wrapped up in religion. He lacks the intellect to think critically.

  32. usmutts says: Apr 6, 2012 1:19 PM

    “…staying away from the Hollywood actresses.”

    I bet you can’t find one Hollywood actress, or any other female in the whole world, who can testify under oath that Tebow is straight. Why assume that he is?

  33. mullman7675 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:21 PM

    listenup823 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 12:31 PM
    People with no religion in their lives shouldn’t comment on those who do.. I don’t comment on people who sit at their computers all day and watch porn..
    _______________________________________________
    There is a difference between religion and spirituality. Western Religion is based on fear and guilt, founded on corruption. Church is where the sheep go to graze. Keep praying people. Whatever helps you sleep at night…

  34. nortonfest says: Apr 6, 2012 1:24 PM

    I hope they didn’t hire the same company for temporary seating that worked on the Super Bowl in Dallas.

  35. Paul B. says: Apr 6, 2012 1:42 PM

    Tebow has shown personal integrity, and thus deserves to be listened to. Far better than some politicians I can think of. His faith drives him, so why wouldn’t people be interested in how this plays out in his life. I have no doubt that Tim will give the glory to His Savior. What people do with that is their responsibility.

  36. pastorstevelarson says: Apr 6, 2012 1:53 PM

    I would love to see more Christian athletes stand up and proclaim their faith. The next generation needs to see that you can be a strong man or woman and still a follower of Jesus. I don’t know Tim, but I suspect he will not take the adulation to himself, he will direct it all to his (and my) Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ risen from the dead and one day coming again!

  37. str8shootr says: Apr 6, 2012 1:56 PM

    Everyone here seems to miss the point. Tebow is using his celebrity to reach the unsaved. If folks show up only to see him, with no regard for Easter, TERRIFIC! The point of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection was to fulfill His promise and make salvation accessible to the world. Drawing others near to the Lord (maybe even for the first time!) speaks much more the heart of Easter than any measure of religiosity.

  38. whattim says: Apr 6, 2012 1:57 PM

    This is the perfect example of why I cannot stand this kid. I read that he did not go to church because he did not want to draw attention or disrupt church. In stead he makes one of the holiest Christian days all about Timmy Tebow. I do not care what he say’s or how awesome he is, he is a self serving piece of work. I hope the Jets run the wildcat offense so he gets hit hard about 30 times a game. he won’t last. What a joke this kid is and all of the wannabe’s who follow him.

  39. rothschilde says: Apr 6, 2012 1:59 PM

    @listenup823:”People with no religion in their lives shouldn’t comment on those who do.. I don’t comment on people who sit at their computers all day and watch porn..”

    Ummmm…I believe you just did.

    This is going to be a circus…they have hired off-duty cops and requested on-duty cops to help handle security (kinda brings up the question of church/state separation…stay out of the church’s business until they need you to save them from the sinners overrunning their church) The minister is quoted previously as saying he doesn’t know why Tebow picked his church…ummmm because you offered him $$$$?

    This “church” has a history of stunts and this is no different. I have attended services there once and it reminded me of listening to Robert Tilton and Billy James Hargis.

    Enjoy the show everyone…and bring your checkbook…you will be guilted into donating to “Pastor Joe’s” vision of reality.

  40. wisconsinhillfolk says: Apr 6, 2012 2:02 PM

    Please explain to us why posting Matthew 6:6 violates the terms of service of this site. Is it because it exposes your ignorance and hypcrisy?

  41. mullman7675 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:02 PM

    jjbadd says:
    Apr 6, 2012 12:37 PM
    @dontcallmepete
    Oh but he does…he is everywhere. I know this as a Christian, I see what I feel are false prophets every day. But Tebow isn’t asking for anyones approval, he is standing true in the face of all his doubters. I believe in him as a football player, and as a Christian. I respect the fact that no matter what you or I think, he is keeping the right thing on the top of his list.
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    You see false prophets everyday, but fail to see the one standing in front of you, soon to be wearing a Jets uniform? It’s unfortunate how blinding faith can be.

  42. r8rsfan says: Apr 6, 2012 2:05 PM

    The only question I have – is he getting paid for this appearance? He’s a millionaire already. If he’s donating his time to further his beliefs then good on him. But if it’s a paid performance, that removes sincerity and pure intent from the picture.

  43. oregonrightwingwacko says: Apr 6, 2012 2:06 PM

    I think he is great and as Christ taught anyone that is for me and is teaching my gospel so be it. Tebow is a great example to our kids on how to like a christian life and that we should not be ashamed to tell the world the good news about the gospel.
    Not sure he will like the wacko NY press and their liberal ways but he is a big boy and I am sure he can take their wacko ways and still be true to his christian heritage.

  44. buckybadger says: Apr 6, 2012 2:08 PM

    cali49er707 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 11:14 AM
    WHAT A SHAME………… instead of going to church to pay respect for the man above, more then half if not most will go just to see tebow, now if you you dont see anything wrong with that then…… GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!

    ———————

    If he is bringing people to the faith isn’t that the whole point? You would be complaining if he didn’t use his influence to bring the word of God and then you complain about how his influence brings them in initially. As an atheist I the holier than thou attitude hilarious.

  45. geeegee says: Apr 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    Tebow makes my flesh crawl. Is it me or does anyone else catch that he seems totally gay….probabl in denial.

  46. chadmurdigan says: Apr 6, 2012 2:11 PM

    How much for a hog dog and a beer during this service? If it’s one of those megachurches, probably as much as an NFL stadium. All for the glory of God, of course.

  47. toonloonboon says: Apr 6, 2012 2:13 PM

    gpete1962 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 1:03 PM
    People with no religion in their lives shouldn’t comment on those who do.. I don’t comment on people who sit at their computers all day and watch porn.

    ———
    by choosing a particular analogy, you kinda pretty much did.

  48. lvh2 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    @cali49er707
    You can worship and pray any place you want to.
    Where I live the beach is a popular place.
    I’m sure God doesn’t mind. :)

  49. cali49er707 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:28 PM

    @buckybadger

    1st off i am catholic
    2nd its the fact that the majority that will show will use at as nothing but a oppurtunity to see a celebrity & not as people who truly give a damn for his message
    3rd if it was about religion then why not drive down the street to your local church WHY……….TEBOW THATS WHY!!!!!!

  50. ecwatertreatment says: Apr 6, 2012 2:38 PM

    Tebow has been publicly sharing his faith and the gospel of Jesus Christ since he was 12 years old travelling to the Phillipines every summer with his father and brothers. There were no Tebow fanatics then. The experiences he gained starting at 12 and going forward have prepared him to speak at at large scale events like this. Football has simply given him the platform to spread his message. The fact that he has never lost sight of his mission to spread the gospel despite the distractions is a testiment to the fact that he is a godly man. “He who can be trusted with much is Given Much.”

  51. cali49er707 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:43 PM

    i could care less if he converts 1 or all 30,000 its disturbing to hear of people solely entering a church to see a celebrity, IF U DONT UNDERSTAND/COMPREHEND then GOD BLESS YOU ALL, & its understandable why the u.s. has the issues it has!!!!

  52. a8s06n81 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:58 PM

    Why Texas?

    My guess, just a guess, is that he is going to endorse Ron Paul. Next State on the election map.

    Why? Both are Baptists. Ron Paul’s district and home town are close by to this church.

    He (Tebow) is in the 18-30 age group that loves Ron Paul and his message.

    Also according to Huff-PO Tebow’s Manager is a Ron Paul supporter. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/ron-paul-talked-homeschooling-tim-tebow_n_1323929.html

    Aside from that, he (Tebow) has no other real reason to be in Texas.
    Plays for NY, was in Denver, Schooled in Gainesville, Fl. Parents don’t live there.

  53. believer312 says: Apr 6, 2012 3:08 PM

    Evangelicals know Tim Tebow as much for being Bob Tebow’s son as they do an NFL QB. Bob Tebow and his wife raised a family and minister to countless thousands in the US and the Philippines through the Bob Tebow Evangelical Association. The only one being praised will be the One worthy of our praise, Jesus Christ!

  54. usmutts says: Apr 6, 2012 3:08 PM

    So, geeegee, you’ve noticed it, too?

  55. emkaplan1 says: Apr 6, 2012 3:21 PM

    And this is compelling NFL news how? I was bored after seeing the guy pretend to be a quarterback for game #1 and fail to reach even mediocre stats. What comes next, WWE like nicknames and scripted backstories for NFL athletes?

  56. randomjim says: Apr 6, 2012 3:23 PM

    wisconsinhillfolk says:
    Apr 6, 2012 2:02 PM
    Please explain to us why posting Matthew 6:6 violates the terms of service of this site. Is it because it exposes your ignorance and hypocrisy?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I can never figure out why they delete some stuff. My last post is missing. It contained no profanity, no personal slam & most importantly no critique of the website.

  57. vasmartgirl says: Apr 6, 2012 3:25 PM

    I just think it’s so sad and silly how many people hate on an inoffensive boy like Tim. Go back and re-read your comments, vile folks. Can’t you see how obvious it is that you are selfish, directionless & unfulfilled and that you despise Tebow so much simply for throwing your emptiness into such sharp relief? A millionaire NFL player and a truly nice guy to boot? Can’t have that, right? Men will always hate the most the one who makes them look and feel the worst. You’ll post in protest, I know: all your good deeds and the things you do and buy which you pretend make your life worth living. When you’re done with that, though, why not go and help someone. Hug a tree, even, if you’re a dirty hippie. Do anything that’ll make you think of others & see if you don’t feel less hateful. Blessed Easter!

  58. mullman7675 says: Apr 6, 2012 3:27 PM

    lvh2 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 2:27 PM
    @cali49er707
    You can worship and pray any place you want to.
    Where I live the beach is a popular place.
    I’m sure God doesn’t mind.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Best post of the day, by far. I’m waiting for the tide to drop a little bit then I plan on going to worship as well. There is some lingering swell, still after a stellar run of surf for the past couple weeks. To those who know (and 99% of you will not), the green room, is the best place to worship. Time slows down, and you get to enjoy a space and view that 99% of humanity will never realize. Truly immersed, truly enveloped, truly at peace with whatever it is one chooses to believe.

  59. hatesycophants says: Apr 6, 2012 3:30 PM

    You lemmings have thoroughly distorted the message of Yeshua to suit your own ignorance, lack of intellectual curiosity and bigotry. I guess a 30,000 seat “temple” is better than ruthlessly murdering millions of brown people in an effort to convert them.

  60. hotep999 says: Apr 6, 2012 3:34 PM

    Great investment by the church. Tax free collection! BRILLIANT!!

  61. mountainman777 says: Apr 6, 2012 3:38 PM

    @cali49er707 What’s a shame is that your self righteousness doesn’t allow you to see the fact that Easter is a time when thousands enter a church for the first time, and that this may be the only time these individuals will hear the Gospel of Grace. It is not about going to see Tebow or what he is going to say or why people are going. It is about what God can do with it. Rather than condemnation coming from your lips, you should be praising God that Tim Tebow can spread the Word to people previously unreached. GOD BLESS YOU!

  62. vilelabyrinth says: Apr 6, 2012 3:43 PM

    Texas is afterall, the epicenter of non-thinking evangelist..cute story. more tax-free monies yeahh!!

  63. excelebrationmember says: Apr 6, 2012 3:44 PM

    I was a member of this church for many years. I left when I realized their focus was misguided. From my perspective, they need to address several “issues”:

    1. Less focus on the humans running the show and MORE FOCUS ON JESUS. Go ahead…try and find “Jesus”, a cross, or any other religious symbol on any of their advertising (website, billboards, TV ads, etc.). What you’ll find is that the largest object on any of their material is ‘human’ – Joe and Lori Champion’s face. That tells you a lot about their focus. This Tebow stunt is another example of “human focus”.

    2. Less focus on building the “Champion’s Kingdom” mega-complex and MORE FOCUS ON BUILDING THE BODY OF CHRIST regardless if they’re counted as your members or not!! They want lots of people to show up and give so they can build a BIGGER complex on top of their “hill of pride”. I really got sick of hearing how proud the church was that they owned as much land as the Vatican – 109 acres on I-35!! They seem to be about NUMBERS…NUMBERS…NUMBERS! It’s like a report card or status symbol to them. For example, instead of helping plant independent churches in other local communities lead by a local pastor and local church leadership, Celebration insists on renting buildings, placing ‘handlers’ at the remote locations, and piping in video of Joe Champion on a big screen. If they don’t do it this way, they can’t ‘count’ the attendees as their own members and brag about their success in numbers – never mind that it means the attendees at these locations are getting a hollowed out church experience. They might as well stay home and watch it on TV.

    3. More…more….more…wealth is unbecoming of a spiritual servant. LEARN FROM JESUS REGARDING WORLDY ‘WEALTH’ – Mark 10:25: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The pastor told us from the pulpit once that he was given a $300,000 house. Apparently that wasn’t big enough for him because public records show he bought a new one more than twice the size and cost. The Champions…servants of Christ…live better than 90% of their congregation. Great witness and example of servitude and humility… http://search.wcad.org/appraisal/publicaccess/PropertyDetail.aspx?PropertyID=296575&dbKeyAuth=Appraisal&TaxYear=2011&NodeID=11&PropertyOwnerID=528269

    4. Treat your employees BETTER than the secular employers, not worse. TREAT YOUR EMPLOYEES AS CHRIST WOULD TREAT THEM. I’ve never worked at Celebration but I’ve heard the horror stories over the years. The Godfather movies come to mind. Here today, gone tomorrow without a trace. A local newspaper should do an exposé on all the former employees that were sacked and shown the door like they suddenly grew a severe case of leprosy – no justification or explanation, no farewell parties, no gently letting them go with an arms embrace and good attitude, no Christian love or kindness…just a cold door slam in the butt with a couple of hours of notice. There’s not just one or two cases like this…there are MANY. If you want to know the true nature of a church or ministry, talk to their former employees and ask them how they’re treated behind the scenes.

    Honestly, I don’t think they realize what they’ve become because it happened slowly over the years and they’re acting drunk on their earthly success. I earnestly pray they wake up soon and change course. Folks at Celebration should be reminded of one very important and guiding principle: Jesus is the reason!The reason is not a good looking man and woman called “pastor”, it’s not some new, bigger, fancier building, it’s not being the church with the MOST members, it’s not about bragging about how the church owns the same sized piece of land as the Vatican, and it’s not about being reminded every Sunday that Joe’s dad used to be an NFL coach… JESUS is the reason…period! Please, please, please… change your focus. You’ll reach more people with the Lord’s message and those folks will be in your congregation for the RIGHT REASON!

  64. newtonfig says: Apr 6, 2012 3:50 PM

    Sounds like Pastor Champion is throwing his hail mary

    If you have to bring in a guest celebrity, and then fool yourself into thinking the extra attendance will actually be pulling something useful out of the sermon, you’re completely deluded.

    This seems more an indication of a parish that is weak. Publicity stunts are the last resort of uninspired desperate men.

    Tebow’s a good guy, but the guy cant sermonize, hes not an orator, hes not inspiring in his articulate wisdom. He’s not a biblical scholar who can interpret Christianity for the challenges of modern life. Hes a seat filler.

    No wonder the church is such an anachronism. if you cant deliver a meaningful message that attracts congregates, and instead have to resort to PT Barnum-esque guest appearance sideshows, then thats either an indictment on the irrelevance of the gospel to our modern lives, or its an indict of a pastor whos lost his mojo.

    and if you’re just there to worship and celebrate God, you arent a Christian, you’re a sheep

  65. propertyofthebroncos says: Apr 6, 2012 3:52 PM

    good, he should become a pastor and leave the NFL before embarrassing himself or teams any further….though I don’t mind the Jets being embarrassed one bit.

  66. cali49er707 says: Apr 6, 2012 3:53 PM

    mountainman777 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 3:38 PM
    @cali49er707 What’s a shame is that your self righteousness doesn’t allow you to see the fact that Easter is a time when thousands enter a church for the first time, and that this may be the only time these individuals will hear the Gospel of Grace. It is not about going to see Tebow or what he is going to say or why people are going. It is about what God can do with it. Rather than condemnation coming from your lips, you should be praising God that Tim Tebow can spread the Word to people previously unreached. GOD BLESS YOU!

    beautiful piece bro, so if its the first time go to church and its not about tebow, then WHY NOT GO TO THE CHURCH DOWN THE STREET?????? ONE REASON & ONE REASON ONLY TEBOW!!! i have nothing against him!!! its just the facts, its a oppurtunity to see a CELEBRITY, thats it!!! if i ever see tiger woods at mcdonalds all call all 30,000 !!!! IM OUT!!!!

  67. chadmurdigan says: Apr 6, 2012 3:57 PM

    “Hug a tree, even, if you’re a dirty hippie. Do anything that’ll make you think of others & see if you don’t feel less hateful. Blessed Easter!”

    Typical condescending judgmental BS from some stupid fundamentalist.

    Thank Christ his Easter nonsense will be over with for another year in a few more days.

  68. marypride says: Apr 6, 2012 4:02 PM

    Tim Tebow has always has a missionary focus, going back to his days as a homeschool student. This 2008 article from Practical Homeschooling magazine fills in the blanks, for those who don’t understand why Tebow would preach at an Easter service: http://www.home-school.com/Articles/tebow-wins-the-heisman.html

  69. jimsonlinesuccess says: Apr 6, 2012 4:06 PM

    I think it’s great that Tebow will be sharing his testimony to so many people. It’s a shame that the one’s that need it the most are online makng the least intelligent comments of others and their principles.

  70. jonrok says: Apr 6, 2012 4:22 PM

    As I recall Easter is a Christianized Pagan holiday! I’m sure Jesus would be pleased to know that His resurrection is called Easter… a word rooted in the name of a pagan goddess. lol

  71. chrisqualmann says: Apr 6, 2012 4:23 PM

    Yes, there’s no doubt that a substantial number of the expected crowd of 30,000 will be there simply because of Tim Tebow. So what? If Tim’s appearance will bring more people to hear the word of God (particularly if they wouldn’t have come otherwise) … I’m all for it.

  72. matken says: Apr 6, 2012 4:29 PM

    “People with no religion in their lives shouldn’t comment on those who do.. I don’t comment on people who sit at their computers all day and watch porn..”

    We all worship in our own way.

  73. matken says: Apr 6, 2012 4:34 PM

    Reality is good enough for me.

  74. mertsj says: Apr 6, 2012 4:42 PM

    The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.

  75. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 6, 2012 4:49 PM

    Going to be a hella Easter egg hunt when that service is over.

  76. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 6, 2012 4:51 PM

    Tim took the high road from Gotham to get there.

  77. falstaffsmind says: Apr 6, 2012 4:53 PM

    This news begs the question… have any preachers ever had women’s undergarments thrown at them during a sermon?

  78. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 6, 2012 4:53 PM

    “Follow the righteous path and you too shall have a private jet and a 10k per month crib on the golf course.”.

  79. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 6, 2012 4:57 PM

    Jesus showed up, but security nixed “the strange guy in the blanket”.

    “Keep an eye on him if he hangs around.”.

  80. namriverrat69 says: Apr 6, 2012 4:57 PM

    nyjetsfan08 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:36 PM

    The media may have got the ball rolling by making a mountain out of a mole with this Tebow thing, but let’s not pretend that Tebow is perfect; he’s not exactly shying away from it, he’s taking advantage of it. In his faith, I would think Jesus, who was a poor carpenter, would disapprove. Somehow, I think being religious and being rich are two different archetypes and should not be mixed.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    To understand Tebow’s actions is to have a brief understanding of what he believes in. It is only fair since you are ignorantly bashing him.

    Jesus called his disciples away from their careers. He called away the fishermen telling them to follow him and they will become fishers of men. He taught them to preach to the unbelievers about Himself and God that they might believe. He also taught them about humility and that they are examples to the world of God’s work in them. They were to preach to convert non-believers to the love of God and His love for them by sacrificing Himself for their sins so they might be born again to live sinless in God;s presence in the afterlife.

    Tebow is a humble man. He does not ask for media hype. Media hype thrives on him. He lives a humble life as possible and loves God for the love God has expressed to Tim Tebow. The money he receives will be cared for and used as though Tim is managing God’s money and use it accordingly. If you will notice over time you will see Tim Tebow use his money to do good things to other people. I don’t recall any wealthy person in our country for being a phylanthropist. Bill Gates has given away over 50 billion dollars yet no one bashes him for being rivh. No one bashes wealthy movie stars or other athletes. What makes Tim Tebow different.

    God does not say it is hypocritical to have nice things and wealth. We will be judged by our actions and what we did with the gifts of life we are given; gifts such as a wonderful voice, the gift of intelligence to speacialize in a specific area of expertise in science, math, education. compassion and love for others. a gift in the ability to help others finding fulfillment in doing so, among so many other personal gifts we are each bestowed with.

    Tim Tebow has been given the gift of being an exceptional athlete. Tim Tebow has not hyped himself in this manner – it is the media and the haters who have twisted what he stands for to suit their own non belief and dislike of what Tim believes in. Tebow has said nothing negative to his haters. He turns the other cheek.

    Tim Tebow is just a very talented humble yet very self confident young man doing the best he can in this culture and society to be the best man he can be to live the life his God has given him. Tim is not perfect and he has not placed himself on a pedistal or himself created controversy. Other people have created the controversy and hatred of him. That sounds a lot like what happened to Tim’s Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    If you don’t like Tim Tebow, no one is putting a gun to your head to read articles and criticize him. God has given you the freedom to ignore him completely and live your life as you would like. Just because an article is there does not mean you should read it or have to read it and spew your hatred of this man. He is trying to be the best man he can be according to his faith and upbringing. Can you claim the same?

    Instead of taking the time to spew unnformed hatred toward him you might better yourself to try to understand the man and discover what it is that makes him Tim Tebow. Good Lucki on this. All you need to do is know how to read.
    We should all be so confident and fulfilleld in our lives as Tim Tebow obviously is. Try discovering more information on him with an open understanding nonjudgemental mind. It might deter your hatred of a person who has done absolutely nothing at all to you. You should find your hatred baseless. People are generally afraid of that which they know nothing about.

    By the way, Jesus earthly father was a carpenter. It is a reach for you to say you seem to know what his father felt 2000 years ago. Where exaclty did you find that information? I would like to see it. His heavenly Father is God himself.

  81. jonrok says: Apr 6, 2012 4:58 PM

    @chrisqualmann… yes.. religious people do worship their “own” way rather than God’s way. lol Like the children of Israel during the time of judges when man worshiped God according to his ways.. as I recall, worshiping God according to your own way is called ‘idolatry’. Hmmm… isn’t that a violation of the Ten Commandments? lol Repent for the Kingdom of God is here.

  82. walkingtallsometimes says: Apr 6, 2012 5:01 PM

    I like Tebow.

  83. psalm2233 says: Apr 6, 2012 5:01 PM

    Why do you care what Tim Tebow does? I happen to know his father and family. They are quite sincere and are very much just what you see. Tim has a profession. People who are not Christians clearly don’t understand those who are. Our lives are completely immersed in what we believe. You shouldn’t be surprised when a Christian’s life attacks your sensibilities. You have no ability to understand it so why get all worked up. A non- Christian will remain confused until he joins those who clearly see everything from a different viewpoint. Our Bible warns us of critics and those who hate us. You are simply proving the Bible correct once again.

  84. mborofsky says: Apr 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    I want to chime in if I may. I think those who are non-christian and have posted, truthfully, I do not have time to waste responding to your drivel. No matter what I say there would be no convincing you or Christ redeeming blood and the purpose he dies on the cross; nor can I try to persuade you that Tim Tebow is merely using his notoriety or fame as a platform to share what is most important in his life.

    To those who profess Christ, and who have either maligned Tim Tebow or made issue that he is speaking, I say shame on you. Whether you agree that he is a good football player or not is irrelevant. What is relevant and important is that he knows who he is in Christ and is not ashamed of this and in fact, wears his faith openly with humility and appreciation for what God has done in his life. Tim, like so many of us who are biblical based Christians, accept that since the beginning of time, God knew Tim Tebow, knew he would accept His son and God had plans for Tim Tebow. Tim is merely living out what God has called him to do. All of us are called to share our faith and hope that is in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul said we are always to be ready to give an account of the hope that we hold in Jesus Christ. There is nothing that says that we are to be “ordained”, we are to be obedient in His calling, in whatever venue, profession, vocation, or position, we are all supposed to be ready to share the gospel.

    The Tebows are the real deal. My youngest son wentt with Tim’s father and brother to the Philippines for three weeks sharing the gospel at the schools in Manila. My son had the chance to preach to 10,000 young people while there. I say this to stress that Tim Tebow and his family are the real deal and are in no way pretentious, or showmen of any kind; they simply feel led to share the gospel whenever, however, and wherever they can. They accept that God will use them for His glory and for His honor.

    To excelebrationmember; I agreed with everything you said except for one thing, your attitude and bitterness came through more than your message. It is tragic that we have pastors in “mega churches” that seem to take far more than they give, rely on numbers, real or perceived and lean towards a bent of Narcissism making it all about them and not our Lord and Savior. Again, your points were well stated and I agree with you very much, but if you could shave off the bitterness and anger, I think it your points would be better received.

  85. wolvmike says: Apr 6, 2012 5:11 PM

    If tebow is such a christan why is he playing football on sundays. He must not have heard of the Fourth Commandment.

  86. walkingtallsometimes says: Apr 6, 2012 5:19 PM

    After thinking about it, I commend a church for providing a way for a standup guy like Tebow to speak to people. He’s got a great message and it’s not like the nightly news is going to give him the time.

  87. duneroad says: Apr 6, 2012 5:23 PM

    Maybe Gregg Williams will show up and go to confession

  88. bbywaters says: Apr 6, 2012 5:33 PM

    I’ll be interested to hear or read his sermon. Hopefully, Christ is clearly proclaimed from the Scriptures and the Gospel is preached.

  89. matken says: Apr 6, 2012 5:43 PM

    I’ll be selling holy water (blessed by Tim) after the service for only $100 per ounce. I’ll be the guy in the cowboy hat.

  90. excelebrationmember says: Apr 6, 2012 5:51 PM

    Well, time for some humility…

    I’m a human. I have emotions that are sometimes justified and sometimes not. Regardless, that doesn’t mean that I should let those emotions control me in a way that would cause me to act, publicly or privately, in a way contrary to my Christian beliefs and values.

    In a comment I made above earlier, I provided several opinions in an attempt to provide some constructive criticism to my friends that still attend Celebration. Unfortunately, I laid out my raw thoughts without proof reading them and they did not accurately represent my true opinion. Also, unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow you to edit or delete your posts…else my post above would already be deleted. So…

    I’d like to clarify a couple of things. First, it sounds like I think folks at the church and church leadership are purposefully doing what I laid out in the post. In truth, I honestly DO NOT think it’s intentional and my comments are based on how their actions are perceived by me (a former member). “Reality” and “perception” are very different sometimes and I honestly believe that the reality is that the church and it’s leaders, including the Champions, have the highest standards and best intentions. Unfortunately, my perception is differently from reality and I’m encouraging my friends at Celebration to do everything they can to fight negative perceptions…because others may have them as well. In addition, I’ve been told that the stories I heard through the grapevine about past employees may be a product of disgruntled employees and represents one side of the story. I agree – its unfair to mention treatment of past employees without hearing both sides. I’d give the church the benefit of the doubt that they treat their employees as Christ would.

    In conclusion, the public lesson in humility that I’ve learned today is better than any church sermon I could have attended this weekend and I’m glad I live under grace and not the old testament law. Another lesson for naysayers is this – Christians make mistakes too. Don’t judge Christ and His message by our actions. Only He is perfect. The rest of us are still working out that perfection under His love, forgiveness, and grace.

    I’ll be praying that the Lord sincerely blesses the outreach opportunity that Celebration Church and Tim Tebow have this weekend.

  91. bearsstillsuck says: Apr 6, 2012 5:53 PM

    That’s why he wouldn’t go on the bachelor he wants to go on the bachelorette. ,

  92. mikelou111 says: Apr 6, 2012 5:56 PM

    Wow. This is getting strange. People have lost it.

  93. mikelou111 says: Apr 6, 2012 6:01 PM

    “…and the expected turnout is one more indication of Tebow’s enormous popularity.” This is more a sign of the general population’s exceptional ignorance.
    ————————–

    Gotta say, this comment is right on the money.

  94. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 6, 2012 6:02 PM

    wolvmike says:Apr 6, 2012 5:11 PM

    If tebow is such a christan why is he playing football on sundays. He must not have heard of the Fourth Commandment.
    _______

    The Sabbath Day was Saturday.

  95. bearsstillsuck says: Apr 6, 2012 6:06 PM

    I can’t wait to find out how much he’s making for this guest appearance.

  96. fcrobins says: Apr 6, 2012 6:54 PM

    God Bless Tebow and God Bless Texas.

    You know here in Texas there are 2 things we love; God and Football, so this is a great combination! We wear hats to keep the sun off our faces and boots so the rattlesnakes don’t bite so of course we are stupid.

    The best thing about being stupid is we know how to survive and take care of ourselves. We know how to hunt, fish, grow peppers and we have the best limes in the world. What more could you want with a great Margarita! You know, we moved here from western Massachusetts and I remember one of my last adventures at the grocery store there listening to a couple of Smith College girls commenting about the fact that we really didn’t need farmers because we’ll always have grocery stores. One of my co-workers owned a dairy farm and was most surprised when a class of elementary school kids came on a field trip and asked if the brown cows made the chocolate milk. I had a scout troop there 20 years ago and none of the kids knew who the first president was but, they all knew about Martin Luther King month. We moved here 18 years ago as Yankees, we know how to survive the winters of New England, we love God, we love our Country, and for some peculiar reason we fit right in with the culture and would never leave.

    To wrap it up do you know what the worst thing a Texan will ever see is? Answer: a Yankee in a U-Haul!

  97. mullman7675 says: Apr 6, 2012 7:29 PM

    @psalm2233-
    “…A non- Christian will remain confused until he joins those who clearly see everything from a different viewpoint. Our Bible warns us of critics and those who hate us. You are simply proving the Bible correct once again.”
    ———————————————————————————–
    The same bible that claims existence began only a couple thousand years ago, that Bible? Clearly, you see things from a different viewpoint, and I can only imagine the amount of Kool Aid that was ingested to finally see “the light.”
    Enough of this archaic garbage, shake yourself people.
    Jesus Christ, Buddha, Allah, Shiva, John Smith, Zeus.
    Real or imagined, they are all the same.

  98. gpete1962 says: Apr 6, 2012 8:43 PM

    bigdog214 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    A sermon? To Who – 2nd graders? If Tebow’s IQ was 1 point lower he’d be a houseplant and have to be watered daily.

    No wonder he’s so wrapped up in religion. He lacks the intellect to think critically.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You people just can’t stop hating on this kid can you?

    Tebow will pay more in taxes in his career then you and your whole family will probably earn in a life time.

    Who’s the idiot now?

  99. kgun80 says: Apr 6, 2012 8:58 PM

    Can we hear some news about a starting player please?!!

  100. matken says: Apr 6, 2012 9:12 PM

    BW · said:

    “I think it is refreshing to have a true Christian be Headlining Drudge Report.”

    It’ s nice to know that Christians discriminate against each other, too. Lets see, there are the “true Christians,” therefore suggesting “false Christians,” “6,000 year old Christians that were born when the world was created,” “Christians that can perform miracles by selling an old piece of cloth to poor people for money,” “Christians that can fly united (gratuitous sex fantasy),” “Christians that love gay people” (a rare breed of Christian and probably a myth started by Christians to make themselves look good),” “Christians that abuse their precious children by brainwashing them with stories about mythical gods.” There’s just no end of Christians. Someday a cure will be found for Christianity – probably by transplanting stem cells that stimulate brain growth.

  101. omniusprime says: Apr 7, 2012 9:04 AM

    Just sickening how Teblow has to preach about a false god, he should stick to playing football and reading an NFL play manual. Just shows that christian fanatics will ruin anything and everything with their religious fanaticism. No wonder the most religious states are the ones with the lowest IQ’s, the red southern welfare states.

    Now we have to wonder how gay Teblow is having a Mani-ped, I’m guessing really gay since he’s not married or with girlfriend. Be a real man Teblow, become secular!

    I think Eric Cartman summed it up pretty well in this week’s South Park episode: “Jesus loves me yes he does, because republicans told me so”.

  102. roma9496 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:27 AM

    Tim tebow speaking at a church is nothing new. He has been doing this since high school. He grew up as the son of a missionary. This is who he is. He shares his own testimony and his love of Jesus with churches. He is not preaching but sharing his story to reach others. Google him and see. He has been doing it for years

  103. lionsplayoffs says: Apr 7, 2012 10:23 AM

    I wonder if Joel Osteen can run an option?

  104. randomjim says: Apr 7, 2012 10:45 AM

    mullman7675 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 7:29 PM
    @psalm2233-
    “…A non- Christian will remain confused …… You are simply proving the Bible correct once again.”
    ———————————————————————————–
    The same bible that claims existence began only a couple thousand years ago, that Bible? Clearly, you see things from a different viewpoint, and I can only imagine the amount of Kool Aid that was ingested to finally see “the light.”
    Enough of this archaic garbage, shake yourself people.
    Jesus Christ, Buddha, Allah, Shiva, John Smith, Zeus.
    Real or imagined, they are all the same.
    ===================================

    If you can, get a science book from 30 years ago, then get one from 60 years ago & then research science of a century ago.Look how it has changed. But people of that time ridiculed the Bible & stood fast that science was the answer, science that has since been proven wrong by other scientist. Go ahead & believe that science speculation about millions of years ago is truth.

  105. outerspace23 says: Apr 7, 2012 12:02 PM

    Tim Tebow is a RB not QB….,
    He’s not going to start over mark

  106. deathmonkey41 says: Apr 7, 2012 6:04 PM

    This is going to be a gathering place for gay men like a WNBA game is a meeting place for gay women. Come on out, Timmy. Jesus will love you anyway.

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