Youthworker Journal Examines "Good Sports" -- Featured Experts Explore Spiritual Implications of Our National Obsession

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Now in its 23rd year, YouthWorker Journal is the leading professional resource for America's tens of thousands of youth ministers who work in churches, schools and other arenas. The January / February 2007 issue explores the issue of youth and sports, including interviews with experts from a variety of sports and ministry areas.

Aristotle and other Greek philosophers argued that athletic competitions helped strengthen young bodies while providing solid foundations for democratic ideals. Now sports are an American obsession, if not a national religion. But do our contests and competitions achieve the lofty goals the Greeks expected of their games?

"For many young people, sports does more harm than good," writes YouthWorker Journal Senior Editor Chap Clark, who is among the youth culture and youth ministry experts who examine the role of sports in the professional publication's January/February issue on "Good Sports."

Four sports ministry leaders whose organizations work with more than one million young people every year are featured in the issue's Roundtable Interview. These leaders are somewhat more hopeful about the redemptive role sports can play. But espn.com writer Ted Kluck balances their upbeat perspective with a frank look at the egotism, celebrityism and materialism that characterize the "dark side of contemporary sports."

Other articles in the issue examine the faith and career of NFL MVP Shaun Alexander and the emergence of new competitive sports like paintball and cup stacking. While mega-bestselling author Jerry Jenkins selects his "Sportsaholic's Library" of the 10 most inspiring sports books and films.

The January/February issue also features an article on the lost spiritual discipline of pilgrimage; a missions expert's plea that youth groups leave their cultural baggage at home when they travel overseas; and a new and improved TOOLS section featuring reviews of 60 books, curriculum products, CDs and DVDs.

Now in its 23rd year, YouthWorker Journal is the leading professional resource for America's tens of thousands of youth ministers who work in churches, schools and other arenas. Youthworker Journal is owned and operated by Salem Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:SALM), a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, magazine and book publisher focused on Christian and family-themed content and conservative values.

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To interview a YouthWorker Journal editor or writer, or to advertise in the Journal, call Melissa Smart at 615-312-4267.

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