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8/20/07-Tyler

GSPN Bringing Sports To The Pulpit

As the country prepares to worship football in front of their televisions on Sunday mornings, one of the largest churches in the south is bringing the game to the pulpit.

It is called God's Spiritual Playmaker Network. That's right, GSPN. 

It's a series of sermons developed by Green Acres Pastor David Dykes.

"We're talking about how anyone on God's team can really be an effective playmaker as they serve the Lord," Dykes said.

As unconventional as it might seem, Pastor Dykes sermons balance scripture with sports talk.

"We're trying to reach people who may be interested in sports but maybe have kind of lost contact with the church. For the one on baseball, I talked about how to make it safely home. I talked about for a Christian, home is heaven."

"When I talked about fishing, you know Jesus said 'Follow me. I'll make you fishers of men.' Last Sunday, 'Keep it in the Fairway,' I talked about how golf is like the Christian life."

Pastor Dykes even dresses the part, saying he thinks it's a sin to preach a boring message and churches need to reach out in ways more folks can understand.

"People in East Texas love sports, we're sports crazy!"

The GSPN motto: It's more than a game. For Pastor Dykes, there is always more than one way to preach to the masses.

"I've been here long enough to know that I'm a little crazy and I'm liable to say or do anything. I think most people have enjoyed it and if they haven't enjoyed it they haven't told me."
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