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Obstacle courses are the new wave in fitness and racing, from the popular TV show American Ninja Warrior to long, muddy and grueling courses like the Spartan Beast or the GORUCK Challenge. These courses test the strength and endurance of the participants as they navigate what seem to be impossible obstacles in their way. Then again, maybe the Christian life is the most challenging obstacle course of all!
For material based on today's gospel text, see "#YOLO," May 11, 2014, at HomileticsOnline.com.
With summer on the way, a lot of folks will be heading into the great outdoors to challenge themselves with a tough hike or a long run after a winter of being cooped up inside. Many others will prefer to stay inside, however, and watch others exert themselves.
Take the popularity of a show like American Ninja Warrior, for example, where contestants train for months to complete obstacle courses that were clearly designed by experts in torture. The ultimate ...