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  • Clemson coach Chavis recounts radical transformation

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, January 04, 2019 (19 days ago)

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    CLEMSON, S.C. (BP) -- Despite being a big-time college football player headed to the NFL, Miguel Chavis was on a path to destruction. Self-centered and vile. Hedonistic and drunk. A tough brute who partied hard and pursued every fleeting pleasure he could think of.

    You name it, and Chavis, during his early years as a defensive tackle at Clemson, was probably guilty of it.

    "I was living in the flesh for 3 1/2 years and was sexually immoral and addicted to pornography, and was really just captured and captivated and enslaved by people's opinions of me," said Chavis, now the defensive player development coach at Clemson. Read More

  • In historic season, OBU Tigers value faith, character

    by Caleb Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Friday, January 04, 2019 (19 days ago)

    Ouachita Baptist University photo
    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) -- This year's Ouachita Baptist University Tigers football team was the winningest in the school's history. And while college football is a big deal in the South, where many enjoy cheering on their favorite team regardless of the record, it is especially nice to cheer for a winner -- on and off the field.

    The Tigers went undefeated in the Great American Conference -- winning the conference for the second year in a row -- and won their first contest during the NCAA Division II playoffs before losing in the quarterfinals to Ferris State University, a school with a student enrollment nearly 10 times that of Ouachita's.

    While many small Baptist colleges and universities do not have football programs, Ouachita's dates back to the late 19th century. The first "Battle of the Ravine," the nickname for Ouachita's longstanding rivalry game with cross-highway rival Henderson State University, dates back to 1895. Read More

  • Ala. football players give boost to local ministry

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, January 03, 2019 (20 days ago)

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    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (BP)-- Alabama running back Josh Jacobs and three other Crimson Tide football players provided a pleasant surprise for a 13-year-old boy while delivering a mattress and bed to a Tuscaloosa home in partnership with Calvary Baptist Church's S.D. Allen Ministry.

    Jacobs walked into the house, and the boy who lived there looked him up and down.

    "Are you Josh Jacobs?" the boy asked.

    Jeff Hurn, director of the S.D. Allen Ministry, noted it "was such a cool thing that somebody that these kids essentially look up to as role models, it's something special to see them realize that those guys are real people who care as well." Read More

  • Titans punter shares 'what makes me tick'

    by Bill Sorrell/Alabama Baptist, posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Titans
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Brett Kern may make a living playing football, but it was a game of softball that changed his life.

    During an intramural co-ed softball game at the University of Toledo he tagged a young woman sliding into home plate. Kern looked at his roommate and said, "I am going to marry that woman someday."

    He wasn't joking. Kern and his wife Tiffany celebrated their 10th anniversary this past summer, just one of the blessings God has bestowed on the Pro Bowl punter for the Tennessee Titans.

    "I am thankful to wake up every morning to my beautiful wife. We have three beautiful kids," Kern said. "That the Lord sent His Son to die on the cross for us so we can have eternal life with Him is [also] a beautiful thing. My goal is to share His light. I want people to see the Lord through what I do." Read More

  • Coach Freeze to 'enjoy' football again at Liberty

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 10, 2018 (one month ago)

    Screen capture from Liberty University.
    LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Overcoming past failures and finishing life well were repeated emphases of former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze when he was presented Dec. 7 as Liberty University's new coach.

    "I believe in teaching young men on our team all the lessons of when I got it right and when I got it wrong and what the consequences are," Freeze said during a media event at Liberty, an evangelical university in Lynchburg, Va., and partner of the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia. "... I've been on both ends of it -- won Sugar Bowls and been praised, didn't handle it exactly right, and I've made decisions that hurt a lot of people. I don't ever want to ... Read More

  • Ala. vs. Ga.: Post-season play in a postmodern era

    by David H. McKinley, posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (one year ago)

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. (BP) -- At the risk of adding to the paralysis of analysis (ad infinitum, ad nauseam) following big games, I have found myself captured by a powerful parable I need to examine and express before time passes and the imagery of the Alabama victory fades.

    Monday night's National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia in the College Football Playoffs displayed all the expected traits of the strong, calculated and daring leadership Nick Saban has brought and continues to bring to college football in this era. Read More

  • Diehard Bama fan in 'dilemma' as Ga. QB's pastor

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (one year ago)

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    WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (BP) -- Jerry Walls has enjoyed three decades of a prosperous and peaceful pastorate of Southside Baptist Church.

    The church in Warner Robins, Ga., has grown considerably under Walls' leadership -- from about 125 when he began to about 3,500 now. He loves his people, and they love him. You don't serve at a church for 30 years without a deep and mutual affection between pastor and people.

    But with Alabama and Georgia colliding on Monday night for the College Football Playoff National Championship, Walls and the Southside family are facing a challenge unlike any they've encountered together. It's a challenge some might think could threaten the harmony that has characterized the church.

    Walls, a native of Montgomery, Ala., is a diehard Crimson Tide devotee. He's ministering in the midst of a church full of rabid Georgia Dawgs. And at the center of the brewing church controversy is one of Walls' church members at Southside -- Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm. Read More

  • SEC football ref draws from faith

    by Grace Thornton/Alabama Baptist, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Marc Curles
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- It was a simple "yes" in 1987 that changed the next 30 years of Marc Curles' life -- yes, he did want that extra ticket to a University of Georgia football game.

    "When I was in college, my sister was a year behind me, and her roommate's father was an official in the SEC," Curles said. "He sent tickets to his daughter, and they had a spare ticket to the game he was calling that weekend."

    Curles took it -- he loved football. And he watched the Bulldogs, sure -- but for the first time, he was watching the guys in the black and white stripes just as much.

    "I watched her dad all during the game, and it looked like it was a lot of fun," Curles said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Would Jesus go to a football game?

    by Eric W. Ramsey, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (one year ago)

    High school football games, Eric Ramsey notes, are a prime place in many communities to be a witness for the Gospel -- to "meet people, foster relationships and be where 'life happens.'" Read More

  • Ala. coach finds Christ, renews football zeal

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    OPP, Ala. (BP) -- Former University of Alabama football coach Mike DuBose says his two favorite words in the Bible are "but God" in Ephesians 2:4.

    He believes the description of spiritual transformation those words introduce mirrors the work of God he has experienced, beginning toward the end of a trying stint nearly two decades ago as leader of one of college football's winningest programs.

    "If it wasn't for the 'but God' moment," DuBose, 64, told Baptist Press, "there wouldn't have been a rebirth and old things passing away and all things becoming new." Read More