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  • Coach Freeze to 'enjoy' football again at Liberty

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 10, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    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 (11 months 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 (11 months 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

  • Players & coaches gather for football & the Gospel

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (one year ago)

    CHATTANOOGA, 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 prayer

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (one year ago)

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    OXFORD, 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 Fame

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (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 compassion

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 09, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Bruce Chesser.
    TAMPA, 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