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Davis shares his faith as a pro golfer
Jan27

Davis shares his faith as a pro golfer

The last time Baptist Messenger featured a story on Ian Davis (May 31, 2012), he was a sophomore at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a member of the Cowboys golf team. Since then, he contributed to OSU claiming the national runner-up title in the 2014 NCAA Championship and turned pro last May. “For the first couple of months, I didn’t make any (tournament) cuts and hadn’t made any money,” said Davis, describing how the experience...

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Most churchgoers won’t skip church for football
Jan20

Most churchgoers won’t skip church for football

NASHVILLE (BP)—Most American churchgoers would rather attend church than watch their favorite football team, a LifeWay Research study shows. But a few die-hard fans are willing to miss out on worship to watch a game. About 1 in 7 churchgoers (15 percent) say they’d skip church to watch their favorite football team, according to a survey of 994 churchgoers. Researchers found most of the faithful balk at skipping church for football....

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Heisman winner goes ‘All In’ for Jesus Christ
Jan13

Heisman winner goes ‘All In’ for Jesus Christ

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Before his Heisman Award-winning season, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) had a chance to sit down with Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, the Oregon Ducks quarterback who had been a Heisman favorite all season long. Mariota, who was introduced to FCA while in high school and became more involved in college, said that he strives to go “All In” for Christ and his team. “All of us at FCA couldn’t be happier...

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Applause of Heaven concert Feb. 12
Jan07

Applause of Heaven concert Feb. 12

The third and final public presentation of “The Applause of Heaven” concert by the Singing Churchmen and Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma takes place at 7 p.m., Feb. 12 at Edmond, First. “This is the last in a series of concerts for the roll-out of the Applause of Heaven CD,” said Randy Lind, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma worship/music ministries specialist and director of both singing groups. “It’s the last chance to hear The...

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Kevin Durant’s mom offers ‘Hope’ to single parents
Jan07

Kevin Durant’s mom offers ‘Hope’ to single parents

“When I was a single mother with two young kids, I was afraid. I didn’t know what to do, but I had to have HOPE.” —Wanda Pratt She is lovingly known nationwide as “Mama Durant,” the supportive mother of 2014 MVP of the National Basketball Association, Kevin Durant. She travels the country inspiring audiences to believe and achieve. But around Baptist Children’s Home, OKC, she is better known as “Ms. Wanda.” Wanda Pratt has become more...

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes turns 60
Dec29

Fellowship of Christian Athletes turns 60

>> by Deborah Hamilton Hamilton Strategies KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Sixty years ago, a young basketball coach from Oklahoma wondered why athletes endorsed products like shaving cream and cigarettes, but not a Christian lifestyle. That insight became the backbone for one of the largest organizations in the world that seeks to serve athletes and coaches, all while bringing glory to Jesus Christ. Now, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes...

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