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  • Dodger coach talks World Series, faith, steroid era

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (one month ago)

    BOSTON (BP)-- Luis Ortiz stepped into the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston 25 years ago to make his Major League debut with the Red Sox.

    His career as a player, shortened by injuries and a playing field that wasn't always level, never blossomed. In an era when steroids abounded, Ortiz refused to take shortcuts to success.

    Tuesday night (Oct. 23), Ortiz stepped onto the field in Fenway Park once more, this time as the assistant hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers -- his childhood dream of making it to the World Series finally realized. The Dodgers lost 8-4 in the opening game of the series. They play again tonight. Read More

  • Seek 'missing persons,' Merritt exhorts 800 at rally

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Kristi Woody
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Christians must ask everyone to follow Jesus and willingly associate with those who don't, James Merritt, a former Southern Baptist Convention president, said during the third annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally at Union University.

    "The business of the church, and the business of every follower of Jesus Christ, is to find missing people and invite them to follow Jesus," said Merritt, pastor of Crosspointe Church in Duluth, Ga. "If we are not in that business, we are out of business."

    Merritt was the keynote speaker at the rally that drew more than 800 people for a worship service, dinner and breakout sessions March 4 at Union's campus in Jackson, Tenn. The event included for the first time a women's track and a student track. Read More

  • FROM THE COLLEGES: Merritt to headline 3rd West Tenn. Evangelism Rally; Finn named N. Greenville provost

    by Baptist College & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (10 months ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- James Merritt, lead pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Ga., will be the keynote speaker for the third annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally March 4 at Union University.

    Ernest Easley, professor of evangelism at Union and organizer of the event, said the rally aims to strengthen and equip churches in evangelism and outreach.

    "My hope is that, through this rally, people in our churches across West Tennessee will become more soul-conscious, better equipped than they were before to share the Gospel and will be encouraged and inspired to do it," Easley said. Read More

  • After '08 tornado, Union was 'united as never before'

    by Nathan Handley & Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 05, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Photo by Kristi Woody/Union University
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- At the 10-year point since a tornado devastated the campus, Union University marked the anniversary with a day of activities Feb. 2 featuring former administrators, students and others closely involved with the event.

    Former Union President David S. Dockery, in a Founders' Day chapel address, spoke on providence, hope and unity the university experienced from the Feb. 5, 2008, tornado. Read More

  • Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (one year ago)

    Union University photo
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Union University has settled its lawsuit against the U.S. government concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that Union provide abortion-causing drugs as part of its employee health plans.

    Under the terms of the settlement, the U.S. government agreed that the mandate was a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that under the Supreme Court's decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, it imposed a "substantial burden" on Union's free exercise of religion. Read More