Mike Jordan Laskey is the author of The Ministry of Peace and Justice (Liturgical Press) and lives with his family in New Jersey. 

He writes The Gospel of Sports column and contributes to NCR's Young Voices blog.

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More than just good soccer players

The Gospel of Sports: What is it like for Mexican-Americans to root for the Mexican men's national soccer team during this era of pervasive anti-immigrant sentiment here in the United States?


5 fascinating podcast episodes for your thoughtful summer leisure

Young Voices: As summer unofficially starts, here are my listening recommendations: five podcast episodes from five different shows, each of which explore what it means to be human.


Trust the Process: the Philadelphia 76ers and a community of belief

Gospel of Sports: "Trust the process" is a 76ers rallying cry born out of a losing streak, a shout that is emblematic of the weird, nerdy, passionate community that has grown around the 76ers over the past five years.


Baseball as a road to God: Conversation with author John Sexton

The Gospel of Sports: In an interview, Sexton says, "Simply the exercise of playing or caring about baseball is an exercise in community. … I don't think there's any question that it can elevate us."