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  • Super Bowl: Players address battle with pride

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photos by Tim Ellsworth
    HOUSTON (BP) -- They work at a job where millions of people watch them. They are cheered, admired, lauded and pampered. People recognize them, hound them for autographs and care what they have to say.

    Welcome to life in the NFL -- or in any professional sport, for that matter -- where the very nature of the job can easily lend itself to pride or arrogance for those who aren't careful.

    For Christian athletes, pride can be a serious temptation and a nemesis that has to be fought. Read More

  • Falcon's injury fails to sour Super Bowl trip

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 02, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    HOUSTON (BP) -- The Atlanta Falcons squared off against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 30 in what proved to be a preview of this year's NFC championship game. Atlanta tight end Jacob Tamme caught a 13-yard pass on the first drive of the game.

    "When I got tackled, a second guy hit me right as I went to the ground," Tamme said. "Twice in my career I've known that something bad had happened. The first time was [when] I broke my femur in high school. The second time was that one." Read More

  • LGBT K-12 school proposed for Georgia

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index , posted Friday, January 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    DALTON, Ga. (BP) -- A new school for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in grades K-12 is being established in Atlanta as a safe zone for such students being bullied in traditional schools. But a Georgia Baptist leader is asking if a 5-year-old kindergarten student can identify as being LGBT -- or even a first or second grader, for that matter. Read More

  • 'Captive' shows salvation, hope, redemption

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Academy Award nominee David Oyelowo was drawn to his starring role in the movie "Captive" because the true story of the 2005 Atlanta-area murder and hostage saga shows the power of the Gospel to transform lives, he told Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren.

    Oyelowo, acclaimed for his role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 movie "Selma," in Captive portrays Brian Nichols, an accused rapist who escapes jail, murders four ... Read More

  • Supporters rally for fired Atlanta fire chief

    by Staff, posted Friday, January 16, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Bryan Nowak/Georgia Baptist Convention
    ATLANTA (BP) -- Some 600 people gathered at the Georgia Capitol Jan. 13 to support terminated Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran and ask elected officials to preserve religious liberty.

    Following the rally, demonstrators delivered 40,000 petitions to Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed requesting Cochran's reinstatement. Reed fired Cochran Jan. 6 following his publication of a book that calls homosexual behavior immoral. Read More

  • Fire chief's firing called 'intolerance'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Southern Baptists have rallied behind terminated Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, calling his firing an instance of intolerance toward Christians who articulate a biblical view of sexual morality.

    Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed fired Cochran Jan. 6 following an investigation into Cochran's book "Who Told You that You Are Naked?" which calls homosexual behavior immoral. Read More

  • Fired Atl. fire chief: 'I ... trust God'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 09, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran is "pretty confident" he will take legal action against the city that recently terminated him following his publication of a book that calls homosexual behavior immoral. Read More

  • Atlanta fire chief fired over pro-family book

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been terminated following a city investigation into a book he wrote that calls homosexual behavior immoral and upholds a biblical view of sexuality.

    Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, a cooperating church with the Georgia Baptist Convention. A two-time Atlanta fire chief, Cochran also served as U.S. Fire Administrator under President Obama from 2009-10.

    Mayor Kasim Reed said Jan. 6 that Cochran's failure to obtain proper city permission to publish the book and his refusal to remain silent about the matter during an investigation contributed to the firing. Read More

  • Atlanta fire chief gets Baptists' defense

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Convention leaders are rallying to defend Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who has been suspended without pay for a month and ordered to undergo sensitivity training over a book he wrote that upholds a biblical view of sexuality.

    Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More