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Chapel bells, trumpets, drums . . . sounds of the season on Bison Hill
Sep01

Chapel bells, trumpets, drums . . . sounds of the season on Bison Hill

SHAWNEE—It’s 5 p.m. at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU). Classes are under way. Summer break has yielded to studying and exams. The air is beginning to cool. The bells of Raley Chapel strike five times, then ring out great hymns of faith. In the distance, sounds of whistles, tackles and shoulder pads echo from the football practice field. But if you listen closely, another sound fills the air . . . a sound once foreign to the OBU...

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Ole Miss labors for Haitians’ clean water
Aug25

Ole Miss labors for Haitians’ clean water

OXFORD, Miss. (BP)—When University of Mississippi defensive end John Youngblood takes a break during the team’s practices, he isn’t likely to take a drink of cold, clean water for granted. And in the locker room, Youngblood, an Ole Miss junior, and teammate Christian Russell, a senior linebacker, likely will have greater appreciation for a refreshing shower. The players’ gratitude for fresh, convenient water—and other common...

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Craig James: Fox Sports not ‘above the law’
Aug17

Craig James: Fox Sports not ‘above the law’

DALLAS (BP)—College football analyst Craig James has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports alleging he was fired from a broadcasting position because of his Christian belief that homosexuality is sinful. “This case is much bigger than me,” James said according to a press release from Liberty Institute, the Christian legal organization representing him. “It affects every person who holds religious beliefs. I will...

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Royals GM: Character key to team’s turnaround
Aug10

Royals GM: Character key to team’s turnaround

KANSAS CITY (BP)—Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore was headed off the field during 2012 spring training when a Royals minor league coach approached him. “Dayton,” the coach said, “God asked me to tell you something.” “Sure, what do you have, kid?” Moore replied, never forgetting the response: “Do your fighting on your knees.” The coach’s message was impactful in part because of the temptation to lash out at critics. The...

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NASCAR church answer to pastor’s prayers
Aug03

NASCAR church answer to pastor’s prayers

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (BP)—You don’t have to like NASCAR to be part of Mission City Church. But for now, it appears to help. That’s because the new church plant meets in the famous Joe Gibbs Racing shop in Huntersville, N.C., just north of Charlotte. Enter the front door and you’re in a multimillion-dollar showroom of race cars that are faithful copies of the actual Toyotas that the four Gibbs teams have driven to NASCAR victories across...

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All-Star Pujols anchored by faith
Jul27

All-Star Pujols anchored by faith

CINCINNATI (BP)—He grew up playing catch just like any kid, except he used limes instead of a baseball and a milk cartoon instead of a glove. He often watched his dad play softball and carried him home when he got drunk after the games. Life in the Dominican Republic wasn’t easy for Albert Pujols, but now the 10-time All-Star has come to realize that God had a plan for him all along. “God has given me the ability to succeed in the...

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