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  • Amid RVers in the Ariz. desert, church offers faith

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (one month ago)

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    QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (BP) -- At least 400 vendors for the nation's largest RV show plus nine major rock/gem/mineral shows and 15 general swap meets gather each balmy winter in the Sonora Desert of southwestern Arizona.

    The vendors see more than a million visitors between December and March who park recreational vehicles, campers, fifth-wheels, vans and sometimes just tents on the flat desert floor around the former mining town of Quartzsite and its 4,000 people.

    The Arizona Bureau of Land Management permits camping on its lands in the desert for $180 for six months, according to its website. This makes for an economical -- and pleasant, weather-wise -- winter base for those seeking relief from the cold and snow in northern parts of the United States and Canada. Read More

  • NCAA scandal spurs warnings against sports idolatry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Amid news of an NCAA basketball scandal involving alleged illegal payments to recruits, two Southern Baptist-linked high schools known for producing elite players have underscored the need for a God-focused perspective in athletics.

    "We've got a couple of young men that are being actively recruited" by college basketball programs, said David Conrady, boys basketball coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy, a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. "I expressed to them [that] it all starts with your foundation of what you believe in. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Sports & our family

    by David Cook, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (4 months ago)

    David Cook takes a lesson from parents of future Olympians whose kids are training for sports such as swimming or gymnastics. He's focused on a different event, one in which his daughter and son would receive "unfading medals of glory." Read More

  • Amid youth sports teams, where does God figure in?

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    A conscious effort is needed to keep youth attuned to God and active in church amid the pressures of their baseball, soccer and basketball leagues, three dads tell Lonnie Wilkey of the Tennessee Baptist and Reflector. Read More

  • Bobby Bowden documentary in theaters Jan. 8

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden and his family will kick-off the NCAA Football National Championship weekend next month with the release of the true story, "The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family and Football."

    The film explores the life and career of Bowden, the winningest coach in college football.

    "There is no question Coach Bobby Bowden is a legend on the grid-iron, but he also is a man that has 'run the race' in order to live a life that honors God in all he does," said Trey Reynolds, director of LifeWay Films, which is partnering with the film's promotion. "We encourage churches, small groups, and families to go to theaters Jan. 8 and experience The Bowden Dynasty on the big screen." Read More

  • Disney film true tale of Christian faith, triumph

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A girl living in poverty in the Katwe slums of Kampala, Uganda, becomes a national chess champion and enriches her life with Christ in Disney's "Queen of Katwe," based on a true story of struggle and triumph.

    Disney maintains faith elements in telling the story of a young Phiona Mutesi who learned chess through the evangelistic Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) and became a national champion and subject of the "Queen of Katwe" book that precedes the film.

    Sal Ferlise, CEO of SOM based in Lynchburg, Va., with programs internationally, told Baptist Press he is pleased with Disney's treatment of the true story of faith. Read More

  • Pat Summitt, NCAA's winningest coach, dies

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 (one year ago)

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history who professed her faith in Christ four years ago through baptism, died today (June 28) at age 64 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

    Summitt, coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team from 1974-2012, was a member of Faith Promise Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Knoxville, Tenn. Her pastor, Chris Stephens, told Knoxville's NewsTalk 98.7 June 27 she would "probably pass into heaven in the next few days."

    Stephens led listeners in prayer during a five-minute interview, praying, "I knew her as one of Your followers. She brought so many people to church, and there was such a side of Pat that so many did not get to see and know, but I did." Read More

  • Sports ruling spurs religious freedom debate

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, November 12, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    CUMMING, Ga. (BP) -- The father of a Cumming, Ga., high school student reportedly said he doesn't believe religious suppression motivated officials to throw out his son's third-place finish in a state track meet for wearing a headband imprinted with Isaiah 40:30-31.

    The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) annulled West Forsyth High School senior John Green's finish in the Class 6-A state championship because the headband violated competition rules that only allow similar items that are "unadorned except for a logo," the GHSA said in a press release. Read More

  • World Series: Mets' Murphy seeks to honor Christ

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, October 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy isn't your prototypical power hitter. The 14 homers he belted during the 2015 regular season were a career high.

    So Murphy's historic postseason power surge has been uncharacteristic. What has been more characteristic is how he has handled himself throughout the hoopla. Read More

  • Fantasy sports betting investigated

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, October 15, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As news breaks of a federal investigation into the fantasy sports industry, Baptist commentators warn that betting in fantasy leagues is not harmless fun.

    The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 14 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is "investigating [the] daily fantasy sports business model" to see if it violates federal law. A front-page story in the Oct. 15 New York Times stated the fantasy website DraftKings ... Read More