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  • Super Bowl gives Patriot's dad 'can't lose' matchup

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 01, 2019 (18 days ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- Matthew Slater won't have any divided loyalties when he takes the field Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams in his fifth Super Bowl.

    With two Super Bowl victories and two losses, the New England Patriots' special teams player hopes to have a winning record by the end of the night.

    He's not quite as sure about his dad's loyalties.

    "He's told me he feels like he can't lose," Slater said about his father Jackie Slater, an NFL ... Read More

  • 'Super Baskets' offer hope to hospitalized children

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, January 31, 2019 (19 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Basket of Hope
    ATLANTA (BP) -- About 150 volunteers from First Baptist Church in Atlanta packed 500 gift baskets on Jan. 30 that will be delivered to local children's hospitals as part of the Super Baskets of Hope initiative.

    The project, sponsored by Basket of Hope, a charity based in St. Louis, Mo., enlists the help of current and former NFL players who deliver the gift baskets to children and their families. It Atlanta, the baskets are going to children at Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals.

    "We like Basket of Hope's philosophy, and we like what they were doing," said Mary Gellerstedt, director of global missions at Atlanta First Baptist Church. "Our folks enjoy doing something like this that's going to help somebody else." Read More

  • SUPER BOWL: Rams receiver delivers 'spiritual spark'

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (20 days ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- For Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Sunday's Super Bowl is an opportunity for redemption.

    Cooks was part of the New England Patriots in last year's Super Bowl but left the game prematurely in the second quarter with a concussion. He never returned to the game, which the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

    After an offseason trade that sent him to the Rams, Cooks is thankful for another Super Bowl appearance.

    "I've asked God to redeem me since that moment," Cooks said in a post-game interview following the Rams' NFC Championship victory over New Orleans. "I'd always pray, from that moment, to redeem me in such a way to glorify Him. And I think He's doing that." Read More

  • Human trafficking during Super Bowl week prompts ministry

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (21 days ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- When Heather Havard was a freshman in high school, she heard the song "27 Million" by worship leader Matt Redman about the number of slaves in the world.

    She was moved enough to begin doing her own research and taking measures to fight human trafficking. This weekend, she's leading a group of 10 people, most of them students at Sam Houston State University, where Havard is now a sophomore, to Atlanta to raise awareness during the Super Bowl about the problem of human trafficking.

    "The Super Bowl is the number one event every year where human trafficking rates skyrocket," said Havard, a member of University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas. "Traffickers will come from all over the country, and some from places all over the world. They'll rent out whole hotel floors. Sometimes you'll find that entire hotels are rented out by traffickers." Read More

  • Fathers urged to engage in 'digital discipleship'

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, January 28, 2019 (22 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church Woodstock
    WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) -- Fathers must train their children to use technology wisely, Brian Jennings told men in a breakout session at the Johnny Hunt Men's Conference.

    Jennings, middle school pastor at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., led a session on "Digital Discipleship," addressing the explosion of technology use; its consequences in the lives of kids and teenagers; and strategies that fathers can use to keep their families safe. Read More

  • Men weigh 'game plan' in pre-Super Bowl weekend

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, January 28, 2019 (22 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of First Baptist Woodstock
    WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) -- With nearby Atlanta hosting this year's Super Bowl, the Johnny Hunt Men's Conference tapped into the football mood with a "Game Plan" theme for Christian living during Jan. 25-26 sessions that drew about 5,000 men.

    "As we were looking through [Hunt's] notes and what all he was going to be discussing," Chris Lee, promotional director for the conference, said, "we realized that a lot of it was kind of ... Read More

  • Super Bowl Twitter campaign tackles sex trafficking

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 02, 2018 (one year ago)

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (B) -- Sex trafficking demand increases when large crowds gather for such events as the Super Bowl, an advocacy group said in launching a Feb. 4 Twitter campaign to spread awareness of sexual exploitation.

    While sex trafficking remains a crime that must be tackled all year round, the demand has been proven to increase at previous Super Bowls, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) said in launching #TackleDemand. Read More

  • SUPER BOWL: Minneapolis coffee shop fuels urban ministry

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 02, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis takes center stage for most of the country on Sunday evening (Feb. 4), when it hosts the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles for Super Bowl LII.

    Almost in the shadow of the stadium, only six blocks away, sits an obscure coffee shop that won't capture the national spotlight -- even though the work going on there has significant ramifications.

    The coffee shop, known as the Jaur Café (for Just As You Are -- or UR), is owned and operated by Grace in the City Church, a church plant led by John Steger. Partnering with the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board, the church meets at the coffee shop for worship on Sundays. And the café serves as the economic engine that helps support the ministry of the church. Read More

  • SUPER BOWL: Eagles' Burton overcomes past, embraces faith

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 02, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Trey Burton of the Philadelphia Eagles remembers when his life changed dramatically.

    He was a junior playing for the University of Florida. Though he was raised in a Christian home and made a profession of faith as a child, his devotion to the Lord had been sporadic.

    That inconsistency stopped when he walked into his girlfriend's apartment one day. She handed him a pregnancy test -- a positive pregnancy test. The reality of becoming a father and his moral failure was a wake-up call for Burton. Read More

  • SUPER BOWL: Patriots same team, 'new lights for Jesus'

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 01, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Another Super Bowl. Another year with the New England Patriots playing in it.

    It's no secret that the Patriots over the past two decades have been the most successful franchise in the NFL, if not the single most successful franchise in all of professional sports. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and others may seem to be omnipresent when it comes to the Super Bowl. This year's appearance is the Patriots' eighth since Brady took over as starting quarterback in 2001.

    But from a spiritual perspective, there's something new to this team. Jack Easterby, who serves as the character coach and chaplain for the Patriots, said new faces on the team this year have brought a new depth and spiritual vitality to the team. Read More