• A little over a year ago, EJ Ruiz stepped into a gap. Chaplain Isidro Piña was moving to San Antonio and needed to handoff the chaplaincy work with the (now defunct) Rio Grande Valley Toros FC, an USL-Championship soccer team. From June until December of 2023, EJ faithfully served as the new chaplain to the Toros with Isidro encouraging and guiding him. Then, the devastating news came just 6 months into EJ tenure — the team was folding. When the Toros officially eased operations on December 18, 2023, EJ and Isidro did their best to help players and coaches in the transition period. In the months since Toros disbanded, EJ and myself began asking if there were any other soccer

    Jun 19,
  • Today on the podcast, I am joined by Jordan Medas. Jordan is a volunteer chaplain with Soccer Chaplains United and he serves as the East Coast Chaplain Manager. Jordan's first time on the podcast, we take a little bit of time to get to know him better and understand his story of coming to serve with Soccer Chaplains United. Jordan and I also take a look back at the 2022 Men's World Cup Devotional and the subsequent (2024) revision, The Light is Coming. Jordan served as one of three authors. The revision as well s the original devotional (along with translations into Spanish and Portuguese) are still available on Amazon. With so much soccer going on in this month of

    Jun 19,
  • Jubal McDaniel joins me today for part 2 of our June Soccer series. Jubal is the volunteer chaplain for the Tacoma Defiance and serves as the Soccer Chaplains United Pacific Coast Chaplain Manager and our conversation has centered around the two devotional books that we worked on — for the recent World Cups and the subsequent revisions. June 2024 marks our release of the revision of last year's Five Women You Meet in Faith and Football. With new artwork and a more timeless feel, Jubal and I look back on that devotional and the work done on both devos and how the art moved or spoke to us. Jubal and I also play a fun game of Crosses with Rev!

    Jun 12,
  • Just shy of one year from our initial publication of the devotional book, Five Women You Meet in Faith and Football, we've released a new edition. Featuring new artwork and changes to the book to make it more timeless, this second edition is available globally on Amazon in paperback and ebook (Kindle) formats. The devotional looks at the lives of five women listed as part of Jesus' genealogy found in the Gospel of Matthew. 25 different readings examine some of the visible attributes out of their lives and personalities. These virtues and traits might also be visible and valued in the people that we see in the Beautiful Game! Below is the artwork — reproductions are available! Requests including information

    Jun 06,
  • June is the start of a very busy soccer season — international friendlies, the Euros, readying for the summer Olympics, as well as the various leagues throughout the U.S. Today on the podcast, I am joined by Jubal McDaniel. Jubal is the volunteer chaplain for the Tacoma Defiance and serves as the Soccer Chaplains United Pacific Coast Chaplain Manager. Jubal and I take a look back at the devotional books that we worked on — one for the 2022 Men's World Cup and one for the 2023 Women's World Cup. With the revision of Five Women You Meet in Faith and Football coming out this month, we reflect back on the artwork and graphic design and layout help that Jubal

    Jun 05,
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