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FIRST-PERSON: Thoughts on (soul) winning with Bobby Bowden

“Is winning everything?” I asked. “No. But winning is important. If you don’t win, they fire you,” replied Coach Bowden.

Young church plant finds creative ways to minister during COVID-19

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of The Church at Estrella prayed and asked God how to "do church." The 2-year-old church plant could no longer meet in Westar Elementary School where they had been holding regular services. Like many churches, they were looking for ways to serve their neighbors while unable to physically gather. So they used their contacts and asked around, and someone came up with a sweet idea.

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!"

Send Relief announces Mark Richt as national spokesperson

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Mark Richt, a former college football head coach and current college football commentator, will be a national spokesman for Send Relief, the compassion ministry arm of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Richt made the announcement in a video released on social media. "I've been a part of some great teams as both a player and a coach," Richt said. "I'm so excited to announce my support of another great team -- Send Relief. It's a compassion ministry working to meet needs and change lives across North America."

Phoenix church takes members to new heights

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (BP) -- Five at a time, the members and friends of the two-year-old Church at Estrella boarded a SaberCat helicopter Jan. 19. In all, 105 people got a bird’s-eye view of the 20,000-acre Estrella Mountain Ranch planned community -- and caught a glimpse of a bigger vision. Started in 2004 with 1,500 homes, the community today has 6,000 homes and its first 22,000 residents, with plans to grow to 150,000 or more residents.

FIRST-PERSON: Confused by the Super Bowl halftime show

"We are being told repeatedly and often not to objectify women," says Gateway Seminary president Jeff Iorg. "That's a needed and important message. Then, in the most watched entertainment event of the year, we celebrated doing just that."

Abortion survivor laments Super Bowl ad rejection

MESQUITE, Texas (BP) -- Josiah Presley, one of the abortion survivors featured in a 30-second ad that Fox Sports chose not to run during the Super Bowl, is a Criswell College graduate and a youth pastor at Galloway Avenue Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas. "Can you look me in the eye and tell me that I shouldn't be alive?" Presley asks in the ad made by Faces of Choice. The group's founder said she repeatedly met additional terms set forth by Fox and in the end was not given a suitable reason why the ad was rejected.

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: Domingos de los veteranos de la NFL asumen nuevo enfoque

MIAMI (BP) -- Daryl Jones sabe lo que es alistarse para los domingos. Como receptor abierto en la NFL a principios de los 2000s, jugó cuatro estaciones para los Giants de Nueva York, los Bears de Chicago y los Vikings de Minnesota. Pero este domingo, cuando los ojos del mundo se vuelvan al principal juego de futbol americano de Estados Unidos, Jones estará alistándose para un domingo aún más importante. A menos de 20 minutos del Estadio Hard Rock, el sitio del Súper Tazón LIV, Jones predicará el Evangelio en la Iglesia Rock Fellowship, una iglesia que él plantó en 2016.