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  • Faith helps high school pitcher overcome adversity

    by Bill Sorrell/Baptist and Reflector, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (19 hours ago)

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    BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A senior at Haywood High School, Landon Wilson wrote as his farewell quote in the yearbook, "Like I have always said, four years at Haywood High School will cost me an arm and a leg."

    Classmates told Wilson that it was the funniest senior quote in the yearbook.

    Humor, faith, family, friends and baseball have helped Wilson not only cope with the loss of his left arm but remain positive.

    While running 200 yards from his home in Brownsville, Tenn., last Oct. 26, a pickup truck pulling a lawn mower trailer hit him from behind. His left arm was barely hanging, and his broken right leg was in danger of being lost, too. Read More

  • High court ruling permits sports betting in all states

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- All 50 states are now free to sponsor gambling on sporting events.

    In a 6-3 ruling Monday (May 14), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that prevented state authorization of sports gambling. The decision -- which reversed opinions by lower courts -- means states may legalize and operate betting on professional and college sports.

    It appears gambling on sporting events will soon become a reality beyond Nevada, which was exempted from the original law. The law also enabled Delaware, Montana and Oregon to have limited legal sports gambling. Read More

  • In prison, NFL star Michael Vick returned to faith

    by Timothy Cockes/SBC of Virginia, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Michael Vick recounted the recovery of his relationship with God during his time in prison, beginning with the 23rd Psalm, in addressing students at Liberty University Jan. 29.

    "My mom told me before I went in Psalm 23 will get you through," Vick said at the Lynchburg, Va., campus. "When I went to Psalm 23, [God] gave me strength."

    The former pro quarterback, now an NFL analyst with FOX Sports, served 23 months in jail on a federal conviction in 2007 for his role in a dog-fighting operation. Read More

  • Amid RVers in the Ariz. desert, church offers faith

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (BP) -- At least 400 vendors for the nation's largest RV show plus nine major rock/gem/mineral shows and 15 general swap meets gather each balmy winter in the Sonora Desert of southwestern Arizona.

    The vendors see more than a million visitors between December and March who park recreational vehicles, campers, fifth-wheels, vans and sometimes just tents on the flat desert floor around the former mining town of Quartzsite and its 4,000 people.

    The Arizona Bureau of Land Management permits camping on its lands in the desert for $180 for six months, according to its website. This makes for an economical -- and pleasant, weather-wise -- winter base for those seeking relief from the cold and snow in northern parts of the United States and Canada. Read More

  • NCAA scandal spurs warnings against sports idolatry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Amid news of an NCAA basketball scandal involving alleged illegal payments to recruits, two Southern Baptist-linked high schools known for producing elite players have underscored the need for a God-focused perspective in athletics.

    "We've got a couple of young men that are being actively recruited" by college basketball programs, said David Conrady, boys basketball coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy, a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. "I expressed to them [that] it all starts with your foundation of what you believe in. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Sports & our family

    by David Cook, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (8 months ago)

    David Cook takes a lesson from parents of future Olympians whose kids are training for sports such as swimming or gymnastics. He's focused on a different event, one in which his daughter and son would receive "unfading medals of glory." Read More

  • Amid youth sports teams, where does God figure in?

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    A conscious effort is needed to keep youth attuned to God and active in church amid the pressures of their baseball, soccer and basketball leagues, three dads tell Lonnie Wilkey of the Tennessee Baptist and Reflector. Read More

  • Bobby Bowden documentary in theaters Jan. 8

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE, 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

  • Disney film true tale of Christian faith, triumph

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A girl living in poverty in the Katwe slums of Kampala, Uganda, becomes a national chess champion and enriches her life with Christ in Disney's "Queen of Katwe," based on a true story of struggle and triumph.

    Disney maintains faith elements in telling the story of a young Phiona Mutesi who learned chess through the evangelistic Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) and became a national champion and subject of the "Queen of Katwe" book that precedes the film.

    Sal Ferlise, CEO of SOM based in Lynchburg, Va., with programs internationally, told Baptist Press he is pleased with Disney's treatment of the true story of faith. Read More

  • Pat Summitt, NCAA's winningest coach, dies

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Craig Bisacre, courtesy of Tennessee Athletics
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history who professed her faith in Christ four years ago through baptism, died today (June 28) at age 64 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

    Summitt, coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team from 1974-2012, was a member of Faith Promise Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Knoxville, Tenn. Her pastor, Chris Stephens, told Knoxville's NewsTalk 98.7 June 27 she would "probably pass into heaven in the next few days."

    Stephens led listeners in prayer during a five-minute interview, praying, "I knew her as one of Your followers. She brought so many people to church, and there was such a side of Pat that so many did not get to see and know, but I did." Read More