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Medical work in Haiti: 'incredible privilege'
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--A team of medical volunteers from Florida hasn't stopped working since arriving in Haiti on Feb. 3. There is just too much to do.It has been nearly one month since the massive earthquake shook this impoverished nation. Some estimates have placed the death toll as high as 200,000. Following an initial assessment by Florida and Southern Baptist disaster relief representatives, Florida joined South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi in mobilizing emergency medical teams to help lead the Baptist response, following initial medical teams from Arkansas and North Carolina. Read More
Tebow ad controversy was not planned, Focus on the Family spokeman saysCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP)--Contrary to what some are suggesting about Focus on the Family's far-from-controversial Super Bowl ads, the organization's goal from the get-go was not to spark a media storm -- and fire up its critics -- but simply to draw more attention to its ministry, a spokesperson says. Read More
In Haiti, hope grows from quake's ruinsPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--Nearly a month after an earthquake ravaged the Port-au-Prince region of Haiti leaving 200,000 dead, stories of anguish and hope are rising from the rubble. Read More
MEDIA UPDATE: Idaho 10 face dire conditions; Silsby focus of inquiry
WASHINGTON (BP)--Dire circumstances facing 10 U.S. Baptists detained in Haiti continue to unfold sporadically in media reports, including news that the five men and five women were split up Feb. 5, with the men going to the national penitentiary and the women to a women's jail. Read More
Saints ready for Super Bowl platform
MIAMI (BP)--New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Mark Brunell has been in the NFL long enough to see plenty of highs, such as three Pro Bowl appearances as a starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And the 16-year NFL veteran has had his share of lows, in being benched and cut at Jacksonville and then Washington.
But Brunell never lost his faith in Jesus Christ's plan for his life, and now he has earned a new title, Super Bowl champion.
While his New Orleans teammates skipped aroun... Read More
Michael Oher talks football, 'Blind Side'
POSTED Saturday, Feb. 6.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (BP)--Michael Oher, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, missed out on earning the NFL's top honor for a rookie, but he made a pitch that Sandra Bullock should win the Oscar for playing the part of his adoptive mother, Leigh Ann Tuohy, in "The Blind Side."
Days before Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida, Oher fielded reporters' questions in an informal press conference after a presentation for NFL Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin, wi... Read More
Michael Vick shares first-ever testimony
POSTED Saturday, Feb. 6.
MIAMI (BP)--God's redemptive power in his once-troubled life was Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's theme at the annual Super Bowl Breakfast Saturday morning.
Speaking publicly for the first time as an adult about his faith in Jesus Christ, Vick said God was again the first priority in his life. He also shared for the first time about the role former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy played in his restoration with God.
"I feel I'm in... Read More
Lauren Dungy says children supportive of 'Coach,' but grateful for 'full-time dad'
POSTED Sunday, Feb. 7.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (BP)--When NFL Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy announced his retirement in 2009, two years after leading his team to the Super Bowl XLI Championship in Miami, Lauren Dungy was ready to welcome him home in Tampa.
And so were the children.
"The first couple of weeks, they would come home from school and say, 'Dad -- is he still here?'" Dungy said. "I mean they didn't believe that he actually wasn't going anywhere."
And ... Read More
Players sing & testify in Miami
MIAMI (BP)--Newly elected NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith spent most of the week of Super Bowl XLIV making the rounds with the players and the media, talking about his new league-wide responsibilities and the possibilities for labor unrest.
But when it came time for Friday night's 11th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, he was among the thousands who crowded into the downtown James L. Knight Center for an evening of inspiration as well as proclamation of their ... Read More
Super Bowl organizer reflects on his role
MIAMI (BP)--Ken Elder now has logged his fourth Super Bowl.
Elder, vice president of the South Florida Super Bowl Organizing Committee for Sunday's NFL title game, previously worked on organizing committees for Super Bowls in 2001 in Tampa; 2007 in South Florida; and 2009 in Tampa.
In a video, Elder recapped the responsibilities he has shouldered and his intent that even Super Bowl duties not come at the sacrifice of his faith or his family.
To view the video, go to [URL=http://ww... Read More
Chaplain of the Year to pray in Congress
MOBILE, Ala. (BP)--Endel Lee, newly named as "National Chaplain of the Year" by the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, will deliver a prayer on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to open the day's deliberations of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
"I don't consider myself a hero. I'm just a hero helper trying to provide spiritual care in trying and sometimes traumatic circumstances," said Lee, a Southern Baptist chaplain endorsed by the North American Mission Board whose chapla... Read More