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Friday, January 31, 2014

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  • Faith, family, football motivate Gabriel during Super Bowl week

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NEWARK, N.J. (BP) -- Whether chasing down NFL players during Super Bowl week for a quote, talking to a gymnasium full of students or posting pictures of his latest adventures on Facebook, it is evident that Roman Gabriel III is passionate about three things: Jesus Christ, family and football.

    Photo by Shawn Hendricks/BP
    Gabriel is a radio host, motivational speaker, evangelist and son of NFL quarterback Roman Gabriel Jr., who played for the Los Angeles Rams (1962-72) and Philadelphia Eagles (1973-1977). During Super Bowl week, the younger Gabriel has been right at home for the last 20 years talking to athletes, coaches and various media celebrities about their faith and values.

    Gabriel, president of Sold Out Ministries, and other Christian media professionals put microphones in front of many NFL players and sports personalities on Super Bowl media day and throughout the week leading up to the game.

    "This platform gives them a worldwide opportunity to speak the truth to people who would never walk in a church," said Gabriel, a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, N.C.

    Super Bowl media day is an annual event that Gabriel lovingly refers to as a "circus" –- with NFL players, coaches and reporters converging in one location to talk about the big game. Media day and the rest of the week's interviews provide much of Gabriel's material for the year.

    Once the final snap is taken during the Super Bowl and Gabriel's post-game interviews are complete, he heads back to his home in North Carolina to begin sifting through countless hours of footage and audio for various media outlets.

    Gabriel's Sports Talk radio program on American Family Radio can be heard in 200 cities nationally and streams live at Another of Gabriel's venues is the Biblical Recorder, newsjournal for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, where his sports Q&A runs in print and on the BR's website (

    Gabriel also has spoken to thousands of middle and high school students, challenging them to live alcohol- and drug-free.

    Before he was interviewing athletes and speaking in schools, Gabriel played quarterback for the University of New Mexico. He had a brief stint in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and in the now-defunct USFL (United States Football League). A neck injury ended his football career.

    "When people ask me [if I] miss football, I [say] no," Gabriel said. "The last time I played football was 1983, but ... I love what the platform has given me to talk to kids, to talk to people about Christ, to share my faith because I played a game."

    Gabriel is just one of many Christian media professionals who see the NFL and athletics as an effective ministry tool.

    Mike Barber of Mike Barber Ministries gathers media alongside Gabriel during Super Bowl week for his prison ministry and website Pro-claim.TV.

    "It's the biggest platform in America," Barber said. "It reaches more homes. It gets the attention of the youth like no other event ... when ... one in six of our youth today will be locked up. What a great opportunity ... for a true genuine word to be heard loud and clear." Barber has been involved in prison ministry for 25 years, after playing tight end with the Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos (1976-1985).

    Gabriel, who works with Barber on various Super Bowl-related projects, said, "He and I were doing this when nobody else was.... He's helped me a lot."

    Gabriel recalled "the earlier years" -- long before Tebowmania when the media's attention swirled around former Denver Broncos quarterback and outspoken Christian Tim Tebow. ... Read More

  • 2nd VIEW: Seahawk players seek to be champs beyond Super Bowl

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    NEWARK, N.J. (BP) -- Surrounded by a horde of reporters probing about nearly every aspect of the upcoming Super Bowl -- including questions not related such as "Where's Waldo?" and "Who is your favorite hockey player?" -- several Seahawks players are enjoying their moment on one of the biggest stages in sports to share their faith in Jesus. Read More

  • 2nd VIEW: Bronco leans on faith, team after diagnosis; calls Manning 'man of faith'

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    NEWARK, N.J. (BP) -- Jacob Tamme is used to intense competition. He's taken hard hits on the football field in games and in practice during his six years in the NFL. But when his wife Allison was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year, the Denver Bronco said he was forced to rely on his Christian faith more than ever. Read More

  • Croston heads LifeWay black church outreach

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- It was a day Mark Croston never saw coming. He had no reason to leave his 26-year pastorate in Suffolk, Va., except God's calling to unite with LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • New era in U.S. culture assessed by panel

    by Aaron Cline Hanbury, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- While "cultural Christianity is dead" in an increasingly secular America, evangelicals have the "theological resources" to keep the faith, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said during a "Faith and Freedom in the Public Square" discussion at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • Moore: Following Jesus means care for others

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    "(F)aith and obedience are not at odds with one another, as long as they're put in the right perspective and with the right priority."

    –- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Being a disciple of Jesus means growing in recognizing the importance of the common good of people in society, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore told college students at a conference in the country's capital. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Natalie Grant & the Grammys

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Singer-songwriter Natalie Grant, in exiting the Grammy Awards show, demonstrated how Christians can navigate today's post-Christian, postmodern culture with graciousness and wisdom, Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs writes. Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Guided congregational prayer

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Guided congregational prayer can unite the church body as God intended, even as Jesus and the Father are one. Roger S. Oldham offers encouragement and guidance for your church or ministry with nine prayer priorities that helped unite the membership of his second pastorate. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El Dios Desmotivado

    by Gerardo A. Alfaro, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Dios -- "Estoy muy desmotivado"

          Creyente -- "¿Pero cómo es eso? Tu no te desanimas."

          Dios -- Eso crees tú, porque no me conoces. ... Read More

  • Bronco comparte retos durante 'temporada especial'

    Por Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NEWARK, N.J. (BP) -- Jacob Tamme está acostumbrado a la competencia intensa. Ha recibido pases duros en el campo de fútbol americano en juegos y en prácticas durante sus seis años en la NFL. Pero cuando su esposa Allison fue diagnosticada con cáncer de tiroides el año pasado, el jugador de los Broncos de Denver dijo que se vio forzado a apoyarse en su fe cristiana más que nunca.

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    Tamme, quien atrapó un pase de anotación en el triunfo de Broncos contra los Patriotas en el campeonato AFC, dijo que la corrida de esta temporada del Súper Tazón de su equipo ha sido la oportunidad de su vida. Pero dijo que su relación con Jesús lo ha ayudado a sobreponerse. Ahora, un año después de que su esposa fuera diagnosticada con cáncer, el reserva y ala cerrada reflejó cómo su fe lo ha sostenido a él y a su familia. Después de una exitosa cirugía y tratamiento, Allison es una sobreviviente de cáncer.

    "Mi fe ha sido clave," dijo Tamme el 28 de enero cuando los reporteros se reunieron alrededor de él y de otros jugadores en el Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, para el día de medios durante la semana del Súper Tazón.

    Tamme, quien estará jugando en su segundo Súper Tazón -- el primero fue en 2010 cuando los Colts perdieron ante los Santos de New Orleans -- dijo que él ha visto cómo su fe también se ha fortalecido a través de los retos en el terreno de futbol.

    En su segunda temporada como un Bronco, Tamme ha sido llamado en momentos clave para sustituir al jugador Julius Thomas en el Tazón de las Estrellas, quien ha luchado con una lesión de la rodilla esta temporada. Tamme había hecho otra anotación anteriormente en la temporada en contra de los Patriots.

    "Hemos pasado a través de mucho como equipo este año," dijo Tamme. "De toda clase de cosas ... hasta [entrenador John Fox] estar afuera, hasta perder jugadores por lesiones. ... Read More

  • Mandisa cautelosa de la 'atracción del placer' de los Grammys

    Por Erin Roach, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Mandisa, ganadora de los Grammys de este año por mejor álbum contemporáneo de música cristiana, explicó en Facebook por qué ella escogió no asistir al evento que estaba lleno de expresiones de inmoralidad. Read More

  • Proliferan advertencias sobre la mariguana en medio del avance legal

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- El comentario que hizo el presidente Obama diciendo que la mariguana es menos peligrosa que el alcohol ha atraído la objeción de un presidente de un seminario bautista del sur y contrasta fuertemente con los argumentos de muchos evangélicos sobre el costo personal y social de la legalización de la droga. Para algunos, el comentario de Obama también provee una oportunidad para el ministerio entre los usuarios de la mariguana. Read More

  • La potencia de la marihuana y lo que las iglesias pueden hacer

    Por Barrett Duke, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Los recientes comentarios del presidente Obama acerca de la marihuana son muy preocupantes. Al yo mismo haber fumado marihuana durante muchos años como adolescente y joven adulto, puedo decir que la afirmación del presidente de que la marihuana es menos dañina que el alcohol es una comparación inadecuada. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El Dios Desmotivado

    Por Gerardo A. Alfaro, posted Friday, January 31, 2014 (4 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Dios -- "Estoy muy desmotivado"

          Creyente -- "¿Pero cómo es eso? Tu no te desanimas." ... Read More