Super Bowl, Phoenix Open boost Baptist witness

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, January 30, 2015 (an hour ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- While thousands of sports fans descend on the Phoenix area this week, Southern Baptists look to make the most of ministry opportunities as the city hosts the Super Bowl and Phoenix Open.

    More than 200,000 are expected this week to watch Tiger Woods play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which began yesterday (Jan. 29) and will wrap up on Sunday. Then more than 60,000 people will pack University of Phoenix Stadium -- along with thousands of other fans and media gathered throughout the area -- for the Super Bowl. Thousands of football fans also were on hand at the stadium for the Pro Bowl on Jan. 25. Read More

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    Super Bowl shines light on city in need of Gospel

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, January 30, 2015 (an hour ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- As Southern Baptists turn their eyes to Phoenix and Super Bowl XLIX this weekend, local Southern Baptists say they'll encounter a city in desperate need of new evangelistic churches.

    According to the North American Mission Board's Center for Missional Research, evangelicals make up only 12.6 percent of the population of the Send North America: Phoenix region. The metro area also has only one Southern Baptist church for every 19,338 people. Read More

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    Cheating in football: 'There are absolutes'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 30, 2015 (an hour ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As sports fans continue to ask questions about underinflated footballs in this year's AFC championship game, football coaches at Baptist colleges and universities are using the controversy as an opportunity to reflect on integrity in athletics. Read More

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    Super Bowl: Coach ponders wins, losses for Christ

    by Shawn Hendricks , posted Friday, January 30, 2015 (an hour ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Going into Sunday's Super Bowl matchup against the New England Patriots, Sherman Smith shared how victory on the football without Jesus Christ would be, for him, a "serious waste of time."

    "I'll never forget when I got drafted in [1976], my father told me, 'Son, remember this, playing professional football is how you make your living but it's not your life because it's gonna end. You're gonna stop playing one day and life will continue.' I never forgot that," the running backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks said. Read More

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    Flogging of Saudi blogger again postponed

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 30, 2015 (an hour ago)

    SAUDI ARABIA (BP) –- Saudi officials have postponed -- for a third time -- the weekly lashing of blogger Raif Badawi, who was to receive 50 lashes 20 consecutive Fridays for insulting Islam. Read More