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Amid youth sports teams, where does God figure in?
May13

Amid youth sports teams, where does God figure in?

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP)—Little Johnny has a travel baseball game on Sunday morning, sister Becky has a soccer game in the early afternoon and older brother Ben has an AAU basketball game at the same time. And, by the way, church starts at 9 and is over at noon. What’s a family to do? For Derek Westmoreland, pastor of Savannah, Tenn., Hopewell, the answer is simple. Go to church. “Your kids have to know that God is most important and...

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OBU track athlete has a heart for Guatemala
May06

OBU track athlete has a heart for Guatemala

SHAWNEE—Before JoziRose Mayfield ran track for OBU, she was busy covering ground through mission trips and volunteer work in high school. Through her church Mayfield, a freshman,  was able to travel to Guatemala three years in a row over spring break. “We would go over there, and it’s about a hundred of us, and we would be designated to different houses,” Mayfield said. “We would make concrete floors for them and other teams would...

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Jenks girls’ soccer coach follows God’s plan
Apr29

Jenks girls’ soccer coach follows God’s plan

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11). This was the scripture that proved true for Amanda Jo Johnson, girls’ head soccer coach at Jenks High School.  Johnson grew up in Glendale, Ariz., one of five children of Peggy and Mike Radcliffe. Church was always a part of Johnson’s life from the day she was born and became more even...

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No-hitter highlights season for OBU Baseball
Apr22

No-hitter highlights season for OBU Baseball

SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) baseball team got off to a slow start this season, according to OBU Head Coach Bobby Cox. The Bison experienced a five-game losing skid in late February, but the squad has found more success in late March through early April, claiming a 23-15 season record on April 11. During this March-April stretch, the Bison collected eight wins in 11 games, including seven in a row. The brightest moment...

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Rangers’ spring training yields ‘incredible’ ministry
Apr15

Rangers’ spring training yields ‘incredible’ ministry

SURPRISE, Ariz. (BP)—For Major League Baseball players, coaches and fans, Opening Day is a time to look forward in anticipation of the season ahead. For North American Mission Board church planter Jason Griffin, it’s also a time to celebrate the work God has done during spring training. Griffin, pastor of Phoenix-area Surprise, Ariz., Freedom Valley, serves as chaplain for the Texas’ Rangers Arizona facility in Surprise, where some...

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Gillespie remembered by Clemson’s Dabo Swinney
Apr08

Gillespie remembered by Clemson’s Dabo Swinney

VILLA RICA, Ga. (BP)—Frank Irvin Gillespie’s last year playing football at Clemson was 1949—20 years before Dabo Swinney, coach of the university’s national championship football team, was born. However, Coach Swinney called Gillespie’s son Frank the day after his dad died to offer his condolences—a call evidencing that Gillespie’s influence at Clemson is legendary and still being felt nearly 70 years after his last football game....

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