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Culture of ‘Jesus, Others, Yourself’ leads to Baylor’s 1st men’s basketball championship

WACO, Texas (Sports Spectrum) – Baylor jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Gonzaga on Monday night (April 5) and never looked back. By the time their dominating performance was over, the Bears had an 86-70 victory for the first men’s basketball national championship in school history.

5 faith facts as Baylor and Gonzaga square off for NCAA hoops crown

INDIANAPOLIS (RNS) — March Madness ends tonight with the ultimate church league showdown.

FIRST-PERSON: Jesus loves you, Tom Brady

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – One of my favorite bands from high school, Christian alt-rock supergroup The Lost Dogs, had a song on one of their albums titled “Jesus Loves You, Brian Wilson.”

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.