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World Series crew chief embraces mission field
Nov10

World Series crew chief embraces mission field

  BOSTON (BP)—Ted Barrett had made a deal with God, or so he thought, when he was a young umpire in the minor leagues. He wondered for a while if God was calling him into ministry. He promised God that if baseball didn’t work out, and that if he never got a job in the big leagues, then he’d pursue that calling. Barrett did more than just get a job in the big leagues. As the umpire crew chief for the recent World Series between the...

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Dodger coach talks World Series, faith, steroid era
Nov03

Dodger coach talks World Series, faith, steroid era

BOSTON (BP)—Luis Ortiz stepped into the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston 25 years ago to make his Major League debut with the Red Sox. His career as a player, shortened by injuries and a playing field that wasn’t always level, never blossomed. In an era when steroids abounded, Ortiz refused to take shortcuts to success. On Oct. 23, Ortiz stepped onto the field in Fenway Park once more, this time as the assistant...

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Former missionaries reunite during Olympics ministry
Mar10

Former missionaries reunite during Olympics ministry

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP)—Tom Daniel and Clarke Skelton, along with their families, spent a combined 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries serving in South Korea. The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang gave them a chance for a reunion in the country they both love immensely. Daniel, who is now retired and lives in Colorado, and Skelton, who is pastor of Valley Grande Church in Valley Grande, Ala., both returned to South Korea during...

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Five-time Olympian Clark embraces mentor role
Feb24

Five-time Olympian Clark embraces mentor role

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP)—Kelly Clark remembers every detail about the day that changed her life when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman. She had recorded the snowboarding competition during the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. It was the first year for snowboarding to be an Olympic event. After school, she took the VHS tape and watched. “That was the moment for me where I said, ‘This is what I want to do with my life,’” Clark...

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Super Bowl: Eagles coach embraces unique resume
Feb10

Super Bowl: Eagles coach embraces unique resume

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BP)—Among the list of men who have coached in a Super Bowl, Frank Reich may have a resume that’s unique. It’s not the “former NFL quarterback” component that qualifies him for that distinction. It’s the combination of “former NFL quarterback” and “former seminary president” that gives Reich, the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the most unusual paths to football’s pinnacle. “I would think so,”...

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