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Rangers standout rookie Carter proclaims ‘Jesus Won’

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (BP) – Jason Holly, the youth minister at First Baptist Church in Elizabethton, remembers when Texas Rangers rookie outfielder Evan Carter was a boy playing in the local Grasscutter football league for 6-8-year-olds. Holly had a tiny Superman logo printed specifically for Carter.

Student Baptism Sunday carries special meaning for Barbier family

NASHVILLE (BP) – It’s a familiar scene for Jay Barbier. He’s a youth minister, driving down the road to a speaking engagement where he will preach to a room full of students.

Baptist leaders applaud transgender athlete decisions as victory for reality

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (BP) – Recent decisions by World Aquatics, requiring transgender men to compete in an “open” category rather than against women, are examples of common sense prevailing in the transgender debate, according to two Southern Baptist leaders.

Winter World University Games an opportunity ‘for the Gospel to go forward’

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (BP) – The Winter World University Games are coming to the Adirondack region of New York in 2023, and Ryan Schneider, pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church and lead chaplain for the event, is looking for Southern Baptists to volunteer and minister in a variety of ways.

Mitchell reflects upon 40-year ministry among Southern Baptists after retirement from Union

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- A newly married C. Ben Mitchell and his wife Nancy were living in Marietta, Ga., and looking for a church home. The search had frustrated them. One church would be "dead as a doornail," Mitchell said. "We'd go to another church, and the pastor would be running up and down the aisle, waving his white handkerchief, screaming and yelling."

Miracle off the ice: Lake Placid Baptist Church traces roots to 1980 Olympics ministry

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (BP) -- David Book didn't have a ticket to the hockey game on Feb. 22, 1980, that earned the description "Miracle on Ice." He lived half a mile from the arena, but it was the toughest ticket in town to get. So, like most Americans, Book and his family watched on TV as the U.S. men's hockey team stunned the mighty Russians in the semifinal of the 1980 Olympics. As the game ended, the Books stepped out onto their veranda and heard the cheers and chants from the arena in the distance: "USA! USA! USA!"

SUPER BOWL: Evangelists ‘go where the fish are’

MIAMI (BP) -- A couple of Bobby McCreery's fellow evangelists climbed into a New Orleans taxi in 2013 when the city was hosting the Super Bowl. "Are you guys here for the game?" the cab driver asked. "Well, sort of," they replied. "We're here to tell people about Jesus."

SUPER BOWL: For Chiefs’ Wisniewski, knowing God surpasses joy of football

MIAMI (BP) -- Stefen Wisniewski of the Kansas City Chiefs thought he had everything figured out during his teenage years in Pennsylvania. Though he was raised in a Christian home with godly parents and attended church regularly, he admits that he was more self-sufficient than he should have been. "I thought I was doing well in life," he told Baptist Press during Super Bowl Opening Night Jan. 27 at Marlins Park. "I thought I was successful, doing well in sports and academics and all that. And God really humbled me."

SUPER BOWL: For 49ers’ Matthews, locker room a place of ministry

MIAMI (BP) -- The impact of Jordan Matthews on the San Francisco 49ers isn't something that can be measured by his football performance. The wide receiver has spent most of the season on the inactive list, playing in only three games and catching four passes. But that's OK with him -- because Matthews knows that the eternal impact he's having on the team is far more valuable than any contribution he can make on the field.

LSU’s Smith a light and witness in Tiger locker room

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- You probably won't see LSU's Michael Smith on the field in Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship game against Clemson. Smith, a backup offensive lineman for LSU, has only seen playing time in one game this year. But that doesn't diminish the importance of his role on the team.