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Monday, November 25, 2013

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  • Faith stirs Isaiah to persevere toward turnaround season

    by Scott Barkley, posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- For most of this season Isaiah Ross and the rest of the Woodland High School football team faced plenty of obstacles, with the first six games scheduled against the best in their region.

    Photo by Paris Mountain Photography

    A 27-3 loss to Villa Rica High School the first week of their season would be their best outcome. The Wildcats would go on to be outscored 206-0 during their next five Friday nights. A 49-0 loss Sept. 20 ensured Woodland its 15th year of not having a winning season in 16 years of existence.

    "It was tough," acknowledges Ross, a senior at Woodland High School and member of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in Powder Springs, Ga. "I was struggling and down on myself."

    Things hit a low point Sept. 27 against North Paulding High School. Primarily a linebacker, Ross had moonlighted in the Wildcat offense as a blocking fullback. Against North Paulding he barely came off the field and carried the ball more in order to provide an offensive spark. 

    A win would have been a long shot against the 3-1 Wolfpack, but it would have been equally as important for Woodland to finally score its first touchdown of the year, albeit a month into the season. 

    Neither happened, as the Wolfpack pummeled the Wildcats 56-0.

    "Of course, I wanted us to win in those first games," Ross says. "I wanted to have a winning season."

    That goal was no longer possible. Still, this was a team Ross saw as better than its record indicated. Losing had become contagious and so was the resulting self-perception. As the team's leader, Ross wasn't about to allow that to fester. There was still something to play for, he says.

    "As those games went on, I wanted us to be about getting better and competing."

    In other words, to never give up. 

    A place to grow

    A few years ago, Jon Vernon, an assistant football coach at Woodland, took note of Ross, an 8th grader at the time from South Central Middle School -- which fed into Woodland High School. Ross participated in drills with the varsity. Ross' physical skills were apparent enough, but something else caught Vernon's attention. 

    "Isaiah has a glowing personality and is always smiling. People are naturally drawn to him," Vernon says. "What I saw about him, though, was his spiritual maturity."

    Ross says that maturity began to develop early in his life. "I was saved in the fourth grade, but lived for myself. For a long time I wasn't growing as a Christian."

    When Ross was in the seventh grade, he and his 12 siblings were placed under the care of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and were divided up among several foster homes. That time would have been tough for any kid dealing with his middle school years, but the concept of "family" is important to Ross, who describes himself as a protector, particularly of his sisters.

    That summer Ross went to a church camp, where "God showed [him] a lot of things."

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  • SBC entities defend ministerial housing allowance; judge's ruling heads to appeal

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's religious freedom and financial benefits entities both

    "The clergy housing allowance isn't a government establishment of religion, but just the reverse."

    – Russell D. Moore

    expressed their opposition to a federal court ruling invalidating the ministerial housing allowance. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and GuideStone Financial Resources protested a Nov. 22 decision by federal Judge Barbara Crabb that struck down the portion of a 1954 federal law that allows clergy to exclude for federal income tax purposes a portion or all of their gross income as a housing allowance. Read More

  • Calvinism: Mohler, Hankins hold 'conversation'

    by James A. Smith Sr., posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptists need to "learn the table manners of denominational life"

    Photo by Emil Handke.
    when discussing Calvinism, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said during a "conversation" with Mississippi pastor Eric Hankins at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • Scouts' new leader: ex-defense chief Gates

    by Warren Cole Smith, posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The man who helped pave the way for homosexuals to serve openly in the military will become the new volunteer leader of the Boy Scouts of America in 2014.

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  • NW Baptists welcome 19 churches

    by Cameron Crabtree, posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    YAKIMA, WA (BP) -- Northwest Baptist Convention messengers welcomed 19 churches into affiliation, approved a $5,177,000 budget for 2014 -- which increases resources for church planting, evangelism and communications -- and elected Dale Jenkins, pastor of Airway Heights (Wash.) Baptist Church as president. Read More

  • Iowa Baptists seek to multiply disciples

    by Staff, posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- The Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of Iowa was held amidst a renewed spirit of cooperation, purpose and a desire to multiply disciples and churches. Read More

  • BP Ledger, Nov. 25, edition

    by Staff, posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Today's BP Ledger contains items from:

    Charleston Southern University

    WORLD News Service

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Assessing 'Chrislam'

    by Rob Phillips, posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Christians sharing the Gospel in Muslim-dominated countries take incredible risks. And converts from Islam to Christianity are routinely banished, imprisoned or murdered. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'Always'

    by David Jeremiah, posted Monday, November 25, 2013 (5 years ago)

    EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) -- The word "always" is frequently misused in our everyday conversations, simply because the definition and its application often do not match.

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