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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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OBU XC runner Crowson prepared for ministry
Oct27

OBU XC runner Crowson prepared for ministry

NEWALLA—God makes Himself known to His followers and prepares them for unexpected events. Nathan Crowson is a prime example. A senior cross country and track athlete at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), Crowson also serves as student pastor at Newalla, New Life. He has been at New Life for three months, after serving as student pastor at Shawnee, Hopewell for almost a year. A full-time OBU student, a student athlete, a youth pastor...

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ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court
Oct20

ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and other organizations have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision they contend violates the First Amendment rights of public school teachers and coaches. The court has twice rescheduled a conference to consider whether to accept the appeal, according to First Liberty Institute, which represents a coach in the case. The ERLC...

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Drew Brees believes and follows Christ
Oct13

Drew Brees believes and follows Christ

At the time of publication of this edition of the Messenger, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 201 passing yards away from surpassing Brett Farve and Peyton Manning as the NFL’s leader in career passing yards. More than likely, he accomplished the task against the Washington Redskins on Mon. night, Oct. 8. Earlier this season, Brees passed Farve to become the NFL’s all-time leader in completions. He already holds many NFL...

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Via video games, brothers are online missionaries
Oct06

Via video games, brothers are online missionaries

  WENTZVILLE, Mo. (BP)—Video games—with their reputation for violence, sexual content and profanity—are probably not the first thought in anyone’s mind when it comes to evangelistic outreach. For a pair of brothers from Wentzville, Mo., the millions of people who play video games represent an opportunity. With a camera, a video game, an internet connection and infectious personalities, Joshua and Daniel Greening are leading hearts to...

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Former OU basketball players encourage Caleb
Sep29

Former OU basketball players encourage Caleb

NEWCASTLE—Caleb and Clayton Freeman are avid sports fans and especially love basketball. They both attended basketball camps at the University of Oklahoma (OU). A couple of years ago, during camp at OU, Clayton, 15, approached All-American and current NBA player Buddy Hield, asking him if he could help both him and his brother with shooting techniques. Hield was willing to meet with them sometime and gave Clayton his cellphone number....

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