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Thursday, January 09, 2014

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  • Coaches, players reflect on new football programs at OBU, HBU

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, January 09, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -– There were no bowl games, championships or confetti dropping out of the sky for the football coaches and players of Oklahoma Baptist and Houston Baptist universities this past season. The two brand new programs took their lumps in their first season -- and enjoyed some victories both on and off the field.

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    Both OBU coach Chris Jensen and Vic Shealy, HBU's coach, shared their thoughts on the season and pointed out a few lessons they learned while starting up football on two Baptist campuses.

    Though both programs ended their seasons with only three victories (OBU,3-8; HBU,3-4) both coaches said they are optimistic about next season. They also touched on the spiritual impact the programs already seem to be having on some athletes who otherwise might not attend a Baptist – or Christian -- university.

    Proud past

    For OBU, located in Shawnee, the school hasn't played a down of football since the 1940s.

    Coming out of the Great Depression of the 30s, Jensen said, the school was unable to afford the program and it ended up shutting down "mostly for financial reasons." The team had just won a conference championship, he said, and a couple years before that they beat Arkansas University in a game.

    "It's my understanding … that at the end of the last season they played, there was a deficit of $10,000. The president said if somebody will step up and cover this cost, we'll keep the football program; and nobody stepped up and … so they cut the program."

    When football finally returned to OBU Aug. 31, the fans' response to the team was "unbelievable," Jensen said. The university's track facility had been transformed into a football field for their opening game against Southwestern College. The OBU Bison kept the score close but ultimately lost 22-26.

    "We had over 5,000 people show up for that first game," Jensen said. "At our level that's a phenomenal crowd."

    And that was on a day when the temperature reached well over 100 degrees, he said.

    "Just brutally hot," he recalled. "I think our kids really battled hard, and they approached their business in the right way which helped us be in the game.

    "A lot of the games we were [close]," he added. "We ended up having those moments where everything went wrong, and we couldn't bounce back from it at times." Read More

  • 'Arrogant' football player finds new life at OBU

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, January 09, 2014 (3 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nyko Symonds admits he was a little nervous when he entered the office of Oklahoma University's football coach Bob Stoops to give him the news he was leaving the program. Read More

  • Bad 'facts': 'How do you know that?'

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, January 09, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Sometimes a preacher or conference speaker gets things wrong. Maybe not in theology, but in facts. Facts & Trends senior writer Bob Smietana cites some examples and relays counsel for assessing fact from misinformation. Read More

  • N. Korea remains No. 1 persecutor

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 09, 2014 (3 years ago)

    "Christians are facing irrational, hate-filled persecution just for being Christian."

    -- Barrett Duke

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- North Korea remains the most dangerous country in which to follow Jesus, and Islamic extremism continues to be a dominating factor in the persecution of Christians around the world, according to a new report. Read More

  • Former Olympian among Golden Gate grads

    by Phyllis Evans, posted Thursday, January 09, 2014 (3 years ago)

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    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- An Olympic swimmer, a church planting couple and a former high-tech engineer were among 67 students who received degrees during Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's winter commencement. Read More

  • MOVIES: Merit vs. depravity for Oscar

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, January 09, 2014 (3 years ago)

    The 2014 Academy Award nominees should be very grateful that only the technical and artistic merits of their work will be judged. Whatever positive messages may be contained in most, albeit not all, of the likely frontrunners, their themes are eclipsed by noxious and extreme content, says reviewer Phil Boatwright. Read More

  • Bible Study: January 12, 2014

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, January 09, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum.

    Bible Passage: Romans 8:8-17, 26-27

    Discussion Questions: Who are some people you depend on? Why? If the Spirit live... Read More