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Still, in that waste, Tebow offers us yet another lesson on how a pilgrim progresses. Last year he tried to be a Christian in the sunlight. This year he is trying to be one in the shadows.

• Joseph Bottum is a widely published essayist and poet, living in the Black Hills of South Dakota. His recent work includes the Kindle Single “Wise Guy,” the #1 bestseller on Amazon’s Christmas fiction list.