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The NFL’s unlikeliest millionaire is one step from the Super Bowl

Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural apologist who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.

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Kyle Juszczyk graduated from Harvard, not known as a powerhouse football factory. He plays fullback, one of the least-appreciated and underutilized positions in the National Football League.

And yet he makes more than $5 million a year playing for the San Francisco 49ers, a team which is competing this Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, he’s one of the most important players on the field.

Juszczyk (pronounced YOOZ-check) is unusually athletic. He can block for the ball carrier, protect the quarterback from blitzing defenders, catch passes, and disrupt the game on special teams. His Harvard coach says he has “transformed fullbacks.” A teammate says, “I don’t see anybody who does it like he does it.”

Kyle Juszczyk proves the adage of Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher: You cannot step into the same river twice. An unchanging fact about the culture is that the culture is constantly changing. Adapting successfully is an important key to success.

Christians as catalysts for growth

It’s been said that “the only person who likes change is a wet baby.” Leaders know that everyone likes change until it happens.

Rather than resisting change, however, Christians can be catalysts for growth. Harry Emerson Fosdick noted, “Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.”

Jesus was the greatest change agent in history, initiating a movement that grew from twelve to more than two billion. As a result, it was said of the first believers that they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).

What skills, resources, and influence has God uniquely entrusted to you? What changes in our culture does he want to use you to create?

What is one way the world could be better today because of you?

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