Emmitt Smith the evangelist

I was out yesterday, but want to quickly catch up with Michael Vick finding God.

As he said during his already famous apology:

“I’m upset with myself, and, you know, through this situation I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness and turned my life over to God. And I think that’s the right thing to do as of right now.”

tjndc5-5frmde03ura1cw3y9vo_layout.jpgMonday evening, I was watching a football show on ESPN when Emmitt Smith, the former Cowboy great (that’s him), was talking about Vick. I didn’t get his exact words, but he said, more or less, that some people really have to suffer before they find Jesus.

It struck me as an unusually strong statement of belief on a non-religious TV show. He was looking right into the camera.

Smith, like former Cowboys Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders, is a disciple of T.D. Jakes, the prominent Pentecostal pastor from Big D.

Several years ago, Jakes’ people sent me (and every other religion writer in America) photos of Jakes baptizing Smith and Sanders. It was a press release for a baptism.

I have those photos somewhere…

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.