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  • Super Bowl Twitter campaign tackles sex trafficking

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 02, 2018 (9 months 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 (9 months ago)

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    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 (9 months ago)

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    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 (9 months ago)

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    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

  • Keep halftime 'friendly, safe,' PTC urges Timberlake

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- The last time Justin Timberlake headlined a Super Bowl halftime show, host broadcasting company CBS was slapped with a federal fine for indecency.

    Ahead of Timberlake's halftime performance at Super Bowl LII on Sunday (Feb. 4), the Parents Television Council (PTC) is urging him to steer clear of any moves that could rival the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" of 2004. That was when the highly acclaimed artist was dancing a choreographed routine with Janet Jackson and somehow ripped off part of her top, exposing flesh. Read More

  • Twin Cities churches mobilize around Super Bowl

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- The hometown Vikings may have fallen just short of playing in this year's Super Bowl, but that hasn't diminished the enthusiasm of Twin Cities churches and Christians in their evangelism efforts surrounding the event.

    "Here's a great opportunity for the Twin Cities, for Minnesota, to share the love of Christ," said Chris Reinertson, lead pastor of Southtown Baptist Church and also the director of missions for the Twin Cities Metro Baptist Association.

    Reinertson said area churches have mobilized in an effort to obey the Scriptural command in Ephesians 5:15: "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." Read More

  • SUPER BOWL: Eagles coach embraces unique resume

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (BP) -- Among the list of men who have coached in a Super Bowl, Frank Reich may have a resume that's unique.

    It's not the "former NFL quarterback" component that qualifies him for that distinction. It's the combination of "former NFL quarterback" and "former seminary president" that gives Reich, the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the most unusual paths to football's pinnacle.

    "I would think so," Reich, former president of Reformed Theological Seminary in ... Read More

  • Super Bowl: Players address battle with pride

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- They work at a job where millions of people watch them. They are cheered, admired, lauded and pampered. People recognize them, hound them for autographs and care what they have to say.

    Welcome to life in the NFL -- or in any professional sport, for that matter -- where the very nature of the job can easily lend itself to pride or arrogance for those who aren't careful.

    For Christian athletes, pride can be a serious temptation and a nemesis that has to be fought. Read More

  • Falcon's injury fails to sour Super Bowl trip

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 02, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- The Atlanta Falcons squared off against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 30 in what proved to be a preview of this year's NFC championship game. Atlanta tight end Jacob Tamme caught a 13-yard pass on the first drive of the game.

    "When I got tackled, a second guy hit me right as I went to the ground," Tamme said. "Twice in my career I've known that something bad had happened. The first time was [when] I broke my femur in high school. The second time was that one." Read More

  • Patriots' Solder shares lessons from son's cancer battle

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, February 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Nate Solder remembers the most painful car ride of his life. It took place after a radiologist had first looked at scans from Solder's 3-month-old son Hudson.

    "They directed us to the children's hospital, and they didn't give us a whole lot of direction of what that meant," said Solder, a tackle for the New England Patriots. "So we're driving Hudson to the hospital, and he's laughing and being playful in his car seat as we're driving, and my wife and I cried the entire way. Read More