Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Joel Biermann

Scripture References in this Resource

Romans 7:15; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:15; Matthew 3:17; Ephesians 2:10; Isaiah 61:10; Genesis 1:26-28; 1 John 1:9; Luke 10:25-42; Galatians 5:13; Isaiah 40:28; Genesis 2:18; Matthew 5:23; Genesis 1:26; Acts 7:55; Philippians 1:2; John 20:31; Matthew 22:36–40; John 6:29; Matthew 25:14–30; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 5:14–16; 1 Corinthians 10:23-24;


Bird, Amy, S.G. “Just Play: On Being Fully Human in Sport.” Master’s thesis, Concordia Seminary, 2018. 73 pp.

Is competing in competitive sport worthy of a Christian’s time, energy, and resources? If so, how does one compete in a God-pleasing way? Certainly, several factors are at work here, but to gain a theologically faithful understanding of sport this paper considers two concepts as vital: the Lutheran doctrine of vocation and the concept of leisure as articulated by Catholic moral theologian Josef Pieper. This thesis considers both vocation and leisure and explores how when taken together vocation and leisure clarify the application of the two kinds of righteousness for a Christian athlete and equips that athlete to make wise and faithful decisions regarding her participation in sport. Ultimately, this thesis argues that a life lived to the fullest is one practicing the ongoing rhythm and balance of both vocation and leisure.

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