• Hello, friends. We want to inform you about some giving and donation impacts that are coming from the newly resolved Cares Act. Universal Charitable Deduction A new deduction is available for 2020. A few years ago (2017), charitable deductions changed for taxpayers. The increased "standard deduction" meant that many donors no longer benefited from itemizing charitable giving. This new deduction allows for all taxpayers to deduct for charitable giving and have impact on the "top" and "bottom" of one's tax responsibility. For taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions, there is an "above-the-line" adjustment to income that will reduce a donor's Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and consequently taxable income. The adjustment is available for cash gifts up to $300 per

    Apr 30,
  • Last week, our From the Touchline podcast, special guest, Rev Billy Cerveny, Nashville SC Chaplain and I started to look at the new Nashville SC anthem, Never Give Up On You, by Judah and the Lion. We continue the conversation today and take a look at the rest of the song. One of the key themes in scripture that we see from God, from the very beginning is that He never gives up on us, on His people. It's an important message to hear today — as football (soccer) clubs and programs across the country and the world face economic uncertainty, layoffs, furloughs, closures, and dissolving — whether an athlete or front office staffer or part-time stadium personnel, you might have

    Apr 29,
  • The United States Soccer Federation announced last week, that it will cease operations and management of the Development Academy (DA). The announcement comes as a bit of shock to some, a bit of cynicism to others, and a lot of criticism. The USSF noted that the COVID—19 pandemic was the cause of shuttering the DA program. So what does this mean for Soccer Chaplains United and Rubèn Rodríguez, who serves as chaplain to the Colorado Rapids DA? Major League Soccer released a statement on April 16, about launching a new, elite player development league that will seek to take on the MLS and non-MLS DA teams that formerly participated in the the DA. So likely we will see MLS DA

    Apr 23,
  • Nashville SC is a new, expansion franchise in Major League Soccer for 2020 and they have written a new supporter anthem. The anthem, entitled, Never Give Up On You, is written and performed by Judah and the Lion, an alternative band out of Nashville and ardent supporters of the Nashville SC team. In today's From the Touchline episode, I am joined by special guest, Nashville SC Chaplain, Rev Billy Cerveny. Over the next couple of episodes we are going to take a look at the Nashville anthem from a chaplain's point of view — commenting on different parts of the song and the parallels we see in scripture and how we see a fingerprint message from God to His people. The

    Apr 22,
  • I am pleased to announce that Soccer Chaplains United will be part of the Denver Prays time happening this upcoming weekend. The Denver Prays movement is a 3-Day Christian virtual prayer meeting stretching from Friday, April 24, 12:01 AM to Sunday, April 26 Midnight. The aim is to pray for the city of Denver during the COVID-19 pandemic and just as the city gets set to loosen its social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions. You can go to denverprays.com to learn more or to sign up. Rubèn will lead a prayer hour at 1:00 pm (Mountain) this Sunday. Pastor Rubèn Rodríguez will be leading a Zoom prayer time on Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 pm Mountain. His prayer topic is specifically

    Apr 21,