Chris Lassiter

AUTHOR

About Chris

When Chris Lassiter finished his college basketball career – as the first guy off the bench on a decent-but-not-great Division III team – no NBA executives came calling.

It was time for him to get a job.

He chose to become a sports writer, a job that allowed him to combine his passion for sports with his passion for writing.

Chris was a sports writer at The News Leader for 15 years, writing well over 2,000 articles. During that time, he kept growing in his desire to write about the gospel of Jesus Christ in addition to sports. He’s written faith and culture articles for VIBE, Rapzilla, HipHopDx.com, Jam The Hype, Hard Magazine, Young Life Relationships and other print and online publications.

Chris lives in his hometown of Staunton, VA, along with his beautiful wife Emily and their five kids: Telijah, Hannah, Isaiah, Keziah and Saraiah. Chris attends Holy Cross PCA Church, and has served as a Young Life volunteer at his former high school for 13 years. He is the author of two books, and he co-hosts The Box And 1 Podcast with John C. Richards, Jr.

Chris’ Books

You’re Grounded

A theology book aimed at the generation influenced by hip-hop. It’s theology the remix. Filled with stories from hip-hop culture and the sports world, You’re Grounded seeks to explain the gospel of Jesus Christ and how to live the Christian life in a warm, relevant way.

BUY NOW: Amazon | Ebook

Grits & The Grimels

What happens with a kid throws a rock through his neighbor’s minivan window? Something completely unexpected. Grits and the Grimels is an illustrated kids’ book about a broken window, an inner-city church-planting family, God’s grace and a plate of cookies.

BUY NOW: Amazon | Ebook

Blog

Rose Petals and Ahmaud Arbery

Rose Petals and Ahmaud Arbery

Dee Wilson’s Black & White Hymnal is currently my favorite album.  I’m a creature of habit. And I easily get stuck on albums. Rather than searching for another one I might like as much, I just go with what I know.  And it's a good album to be stuck on. A...

7 Encouraging Writing Tips

7 Encouraging Writing Tips

I’d rather not learn anything the hard way. If I can learn from someone else’s mistake, I’ll always choose that path. Here are a collection of things I’ve learned about writing. Some are from mistakes I’ve made. Others are jewels that wise people passed along to me. ...

My Michael Jordan Story

My Michael Jordan Story

My Michael Jordan story does happen in Chicago. But if I'm being completely honest, I've never met Michael Jordan. I live in a small city called Staunton, VA. The best player ever from our high school, Kevin Madden, played at UNC right after MJ. So a couple of people...

10 Biggest Personal Ls I’ve Taken in Basketball

10 Biggest Personal Ls I’ve Taken in Basketball

Unless you are Michael Jordan, you won’t always win. I grew up playing basketball almost every day of my life, and I’ve taken plenty of team Ls and plenty of personal Ls. Here are 10 of the worst personal Ls I can remember taking. No. 1 has to be Phil Dixon, the star...

A (Maybe) Helpful Prayer Template

A (Maybe) Helpful Prayer Template

I struggle with shame. No matter what I do, I always think I could have done it better somehow. I'm constantly having to preach the gospel to myself to remind myself that Christ dealt with our shame on the cross. (If you struggle with shame, check out a link to a...

An Idea for Family Devotionals

An Idea for Family Devotionals

I hope this is helpful. But it may not be for everyone. There's certainly no scripture that says, "try it the way the Lassiters do it." And I'm not even sure it's the best way. But it is a way. And hopefully it helps someone. Quick disclaimer: If you came for ideas...

My Favorite Notorious B.I.G. Story

My Favorite Notorious B.I.G. Story

March 9th is a somber day for hip-hop fans worldwide. It's a time when the hip-hop world mourns the death of Christopher Wallace - the Notorious B.I.G. - the "King of New York." His perfect emceeing voice, clever wordplay and flawless storytelling ability - combined...

To Hug or Not to Hug?

To Hug or Not to Hug?

Three hundred and ninety-seven months. The words literally overwhelmed me. I felt numb. I felt sick. I felt hopeless. I was doing Christian ministry in a mostly urban context. As "urban" as it gets in a small town. On this day, that meant being a character witness in...

GOD, GOOD & GASHES

GOD, GOOD & GASHES

Could a tree help you get through 2020?  The story on this one particular tree just might. Over the weekend, I was helping plant trees in our community. On Sunday, I snapped a photo of my son (pictured) up in a tree. All of this made me remember a story I read...

NEW VENTURE: WORDS FOR WEBSITES

NEW VENTURE: WORDS FOR WEBSITES

I'm a former sports journalist-turned-Christian author. When it came time to create a website for my books, I knew I would write the words for it. I'm a writer. It's sort of what I do. But I hadn't considered writing words for other websites. Then, through a series of...

A 10-SONG PLAYLIST FOR YOUR ROUGHEST DAY(S)!

A 10-SONG PLAYLIST FOR YOUR ROUGHEST DAY(S)!

Remember when Kobe died, and we all thought 2020 couldn't possibly get any worse? Evidently, 2020 was just getting started. And if all that comes with a global pandemic, racial unrest and a presidential election year wasn't enough for you, many of us have had painful...

"I love the characters, and I love the message"

Bestselling author Kim Cash Tate on Grits and The Grimels

“I loved reading it. I hope it turns into a series, and it helps the Lord’s people live intentionally for Christ in this context.”

Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church on Grits and The Grimels

“Chris Lassiter has his finger on the pulse of culture, and, at the same time, understands the heartbeat of God. His contribution as an author and urban theologian are both timeless and timely.”

Brady Goodwin Jr. (Phanatik of the Cross Movement), author of City of Allegory and Navigating the N-Word on You’re Grounded

“Chris Lassiter gets it! More specifically, he gets youth, he gets Scripture, and most of all, he gets Jesus - a potent combination that he shares in You’re Grounded."

Jeremy Del Rio, executive director of 20/20 Vision for Schools, New York City

“Chris is a student of youth culture and in uniquely qualified to translate the gospel to urban youth. His ability to connect God’s Word and and solid biblical theology to a generation that is biblically illiterate, being raised fatherless, and shaped by hip-hop - is mind-boggling! This book is a MUST READ for urban youth workers and the students they serve.”

Dr. Larry Acosta, Founder/CEO of Urban Youth Workers Institute on You’re Grounded

Media Coverage

“For Lassiter, differences are a start to a conversation”

“Chris Lassiter, I am an American” (Video)
“Wenonah students celebrate reading and writing”
“Two Staunton men help create podcast connections” (Text/Video)

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