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Christians on NASCAR circuit focus of NAMB documentary


ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–A fast-paced television documentary about how God is working in the NASCAR circuit will be previewed at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Salt Lake City.
In celebration of NASCAR’s 50th anniversary, the North American Mission Board’s broadcast communications group has helped produce a one-hour documentary, “Driving Force,” on Christian drivers and crew members in the exciting, yet stressful and dangerous sport.
“It’s a fast-paced montage of NASCAR greats giving their Christian testimony,” said Bernie Hargis, NAMB producer assigned to this project. “It’s geared toward the racing enthusiast and has a real sports-oriented look and feel to it.”
Included in the documentary’s lineup are drivers Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty and Lake Speed and team owner Joe Gibbs, former coach of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Viewers will get an inside look at how these men maintain a strong faith in God and family commitment while dealing with the pressures of speeds up to 200 mph and being celebrities in America’s fastest-growing sport.
The premiere will be Wednesday evening, June 10, at 9 p.m. All messengers and their families are invited to attend in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Ballroom E.
The program,which will air on NBC affiliate stations this summer, is a joint venture with Vision Quest, which has been producing sports documentaries the past 15 years. –30–
Marv Knox named editor of Texas Baptist Standard
DALLAS (BP)–The Baptist Standard board of directors June 1 unanimously elected Marv Knox to succeed Toby Druin as editor of the Texas Baptist weekly newsjournal following Druin’s retirement Dec. 31.
Knox, 41, has been associate editor of the Standard since December 1995. He will be the 13th editor of the journal.
“The board’s unanimous choice of Marv Knox as editor-elect of the Standard confirms our feelings when he joined the paper almost three years ago that he very well could be at the helm upon the retirement of Toby Druin,” said board chairman Danny Andrews of Plainview, Texas.
“Marv’s commitment to journalistic excellence and keen understanding not only of the work of Texas Baptists but Baptists of the world and the Christian community at large have confirmed our feelings. More important, he is a man of conviction, character and Christian concern. His testimony of God’s leadership in his life has been an inspiration to all board members.
“We have every confidence in Marv’s leadership of the Standard as we approach the great challenges of the 21st century.”
Druin praised Knox’s election as his successor.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the action of our directors,” said Druin, who announced to the board May 19 he will close a 22-year career with the Standard — the last three as editor — at the end of the year.
“Marv Knox has distinguished himself in every area in which he has served. He has been associate editor of two Baptist state papers, editor of another and has served three national Southern Baptist agencies. He knows Baptists, he is an outstanding journalist and he is a dedicated Christian, churchman, husband and father.
“The Standard will move into the 21st century with the best possible editor it could have. Texas Baptists have come to know, love and appreciate him through his weekly column and news and feature stories. I predict they will gain an even deeper appreciation of him through reading his editorials.”
Knox accepted the decision of the board with acknowledgment of the work of the editors who have served before him and a pledge to be faithful to their heritage.
“The opportunity to walk in the path worn smooth by a succession of saintly Standard editors is both humbling and an honor of the highest magnitude,” Knox said. “They have been faithful and faith-filled leaders, and I cannot conceive that an editor would declare himself worthy to be numbered among them. Yet with God’s help and the prayers of Texas Baptists, I will do my best to be faithful to their heritage and to press toward our hope.
“Texas Baptists stand at the dawn of a new millennium. We face change of unprecedented proportions. And yet the message we proclaim — Jesus Christ is the Light of the world — never changes.
“The Baptist Standard will work steadfastly to help Texas Baptists understand how that changeless message applies to our lives, our churches, our communities, our state and the world amid changing, turbulent times. The Standard will be Texas Baptists’ companion, friend and — I hope and pray — guide as we walk together in faith.”
Knox came to the Standard from the editorship of the Kentucky Western Recorder, where he served from 1990-95. Previously he was an editor at Baptist Press in Nashville, Tenn., associate editor of the Baptist Message state newspaper in Louisiana, director of news and information at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., and assistant news director for the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board. He is licensed to preach, but has not been ordained.
He has written or co-written five books, and his writing and editing have been honored with awards from the Religious Public Relations Council and the Baptist Public Relations Association.
Knox is president of the Association of State Baptist Papers and is a member of the board of directors of Associated Baptist Press.
He is a Fort Worth, Texas, native who was raised in a pastor’s home, primarily in Perryton, Texas, in the state’s Panhandle. His father, E. Marvin Knox, is pastor of First Baptist Church, Stratford, Okla. His mother, Margaret, is a public school teacher. His brother, Martin, is mission pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Green Bay, Wis., and his sister, Martha, is a teacher’s assistant in Wichita Falls.
Knox is married to Joanna Jarchow Knox. They have two daughters, Lindsay, 14, and Molly, 11. They are members of First Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas, where Joanna is financial secretary and works in children’s and youth ministry. He is a deacon, teaches an adult couples’ Sunday school class, chairs the denominational relations committee and is a member of the missions committee.
Both Knox and his wife are graduates of Hardin-Simmons University. He received a bachelor of science degree in religion at HSU. In l996 he was named a distinguished alumnus of the university’s Logsdon School of Theology. He earned a master of divinity degree from Southern Seminary in l984.

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