Chicago-area pastor uses J.R. Smith in his sermon

J.R. Smith

With all of J.R. Smith’s crazy antics over the couple of weeks, it would make sense for a pastor to use it to teach a life lesson.

Thanks to Reddit NBA user CZbwoi, we learn that a pastor at the Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago decided to use J.R. antic’s in his sermon:

I went to one of the Harvest Bible Chapel churches in the Chicago area this morning and at the start of the sermon the pastor asked the church if they knew who J.R. Smith was.

Cue some chatter and whatnot, he said his son told him about an incident that recently happened during a professional basketball game. Showed him the video, he was laughing and couldn’t believe it. He told the church then about the shoe-untying incident, everyone gasped and chuckled, it was hilarious.

He then said that he brought the video footage and everybody laughed. It played on the big projector screen and it was the one with Shawn Marion’s shoe, it was hilarious. He then showed it again in slow-motion, everyone lol’d.

The sermon then continued about how this is a professional basketball player who was acting like a child, on live tv, and needed to grow up. And then continued about how we all needed to grow up, we all act childish sometimes, etc.

J.R. Smith was the prelude to the message about growing up. In church. This happened. I laughed.

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Ben Chew is the managing editor of That NBA Lottery Pick and has worked as a sports editor/writer for websites including Coed Magazine, Guyspeed, and NBC’s Sports “Off The Bench”.

He has also worked in the sports media field as a sports radio personality/producer at SportsTalk Network and as a television sports anchor at KIEM-TV.


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  • The national antics of J.R. Smith. What a joke!

  • Truthspeaker

    This is not Christian. Those who get mixed up into the world are of the world, therefore have no idea of spiritual.

  • gregory davis

    JR Smith needs to be traded, but the sad thing nis that no team would pick him up. Maybe the D League will be good for him. He then will meet up with his young brother.

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