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Stunt riders have impact on ‘America’s Got Talent’
Jul28

Stunt riders have impact on ‘America’s Got Talent’

The May 8 Baptist Messenger featured a story on stunt rider Mike King auditioning for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in April with Real Encounter ministries, as they were asked to come by the show’s producers. King was a popular attraction during the 2013 Men’s Rewired retreat at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, and he and his ministry teammates, including Brad Bennett, president of Real Encounter, drew rave reviews...

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Longtime OBU assistants land head coaching jobs
Jul28

Longtime OBU assistants land head coaching jobs

SHAWNEE—Three long-time Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) assistant coaches have landed head coaching opportunities in regional NCAA Division II schools. Zach Johnson, Chris Klimas and Kyle Tolin had a combined 33 years of coaching experience on Bison Hill. Johnson is the new cross country coach at Cameron University, Klimas is now the head baseball coach at Rogers State University and Tolin took the helm of the men’s basketball team...

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‘Yellow Card Strategy’ shines for Christ on World Cup stage
Jul14

‘Yellow Card Strategy’ shines for Christ on World Cup stage

>> by Alan Brant   Baptist Press writer   RIO DE JANEIRO (BP)—With 64 soccer matches contested by 736 players on 32 teams in 12 cities, the month-long 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is the most watched sporting event in the world. In addition to the 1 billion people tuning in around the globe, an estimated 600,000 visitors converged on Rio de Janeiro and the 11 other host cities in Brazil to watch and cheer for their...

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Students share Christ’s love in Brazil amid World Cup frenzy
Jul07

Students share Christ’s love in Brazil amid World Cup frenzy

>> by Alan Brant  Baptist Press writer   RIO DE JANEIRO (BP)—There were no flashbulbs or television cameras, only teammates—mostly children half his size and barefoot—who celebrated and mobbed Dane Van Ryckeghem after he assisted in a goal during the game. The frenzy of World Cup soccer had nothing on the jubilant Brazilian neighborhood kids playing with visitors from the United States on a soggy field on the outskirts of...

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OBU women’s soccer does World Cup outreach
Jun24

OBU women’s soccer does World Cup outreach

NATAL, Brazil—Oklahoma Baptist University’s (OBU) women’s soccer team kicked off Baptist outreach efforts for the FIFA World Cup with a week-long mission project combining soccer and evangelism. When 10 Lady Bison players, their coaches and chaperones arrived in Ceará-Mirim, Brazil, in late May, they received a welcome worthy of a World Cup team. Members of the town’s First Baptist Church, wearing T-shirts promoting their outreach...

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Hunting show shares Gospel, reaches men for Christ
Jun16

Hunting show shares Gospel, reaches men for Christ

It was week seven of Falls Creek summer camp in 2000. Brad Clay had just graduated from Allen High School in May and was excited to attend Falls Creek one last time as a student before he was off to college on a football scholarship. He had his life mapped out. Brad had been a faithful member at Allen, First. He was unaware of what God had in store for him that week. “God hit me like a ton of bricks” said Clay. “I had my life planned,...

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