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OBU Named NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution
Feb16

OBU Named NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University was recently named a 2013-14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. The vision of the NAIA Champions of Character program is to change the culture of sport. Its mission is to provide training to instill the values that build character so student-athletes, coaches and parents know, do and value the right things on and off the field. The...

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Erick’s girls basketball coach doing things ‘the right way’
Feb10

Erick’s girls basketball coach doing things ‘the right way’

ERICK—The 2013 basketball season was a special one for Coach Justin Janz. His Erick High School Lady Bearcats were playing Lomega, the defending champions, in the state championship game, and both of his daughters were major contributors to a 56-53 double overtime victory. Miranda Janz was a senior on the squad. With Erick down three points and five seconds remaining in regulation, Miranda sank a deep three-pointer to send the game...

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Hall of Fame inductee John Smoltz has humble testimony
Feb03

Hall of Fame inductee John Smoltz has humble testimony

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The last week in January marked the anniversary of the very first elections in the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame, when baseball greats Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were named as the first inductees on Jan. 29, 1936. Joining these baseball legends will be three standout pitchers and a power hitter who make up the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. In six months, Randy Johnson, Pedro...

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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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