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Ala. vs. Ga.: Post-season play in a postmodern eraAUGUSTA, 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 pastorWARNER 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 faithBIRMINGHAM, 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?
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 zealOPP, 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
Players & coaches gather for football & the GospelCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- It's not every day that a rendition of "Rocky Top" rings out from an orchestra in a church.
But the University of Tennessee's signature song is how the evening began at Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga where an energetic crowd -- including a large number of football players and coaches from the local area -- came together for "A Night of Orange and White."
The July 27 event, which featured former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer, ... Read More
Ole Miss coach resigns amid scandal, requests prayerOXFORD, Miss. (BP) -- The forced resignation of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze -- an outspoken follower of Jesus -- amid what the university described as "moral turpitude" has left believers disappointed and expressing hope for repentance.
"I truly believe that [Freeze] is a good man," said Mississippi pastor Clarence Cooper, a friend of Freeze's for two decades. "And he has been overtaken with a fault. In his text to me was, 'I love you. Please pray for me. Please stand by me and pray for my family.'" Read More
'Grace-filled' Warner selected to Hall of FameHOUSTON (BP) -- After coming up short in his first two years of eligibility, Kurt Warner is finally a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
The former NFL quarterback, often known for being outspoken about his Christian faith, was picked for the honor on Saturday by the 48-member selection committee. He was selected along with LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, Morten Andersen, Jason Taylor, Jerry Jones and Kenny Easley. Warner won two MVP awards during his NFL career, played in three Super Bowls and was the Super Bowl MVP in 2000. Read More
Alabama, Clemson players pique pastor's compassionTAMPA, Fla. (BP) -- Six seasons as chaplain of the University of Alabama football team give pastor Bruce Chesser a unique perspective on the Jan. 9 College Football Playoff title game between Alabama and Clemson University.
The uniqueness, however, isn't the strength of his allegiance to the Crimson Tide -- though his office does feature a sign that reads "Jesus bled crimson." What's unique for Chesser, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., is the way he thinks about the players on both sidelines. Read More
Bobby Bowden documentary in theaters Jan. 8NASHVILLE, 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