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  • Keep halftime 'friendly, safe,' PTC urges Timberlake

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Georges Biard, via Wikimedia Commons
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- The last time Justin Timberlake headlined a Super Bowl halftime show, host broadcasting company CBS was slapped with a federal fine for indecency.

    Ahead of Timberlake's halftime performance at Super Bowl LII on Sunday (Feb. 4), the Parents Television Council (PTC) is urging him to steer clear of any moves that could rival the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" of 2004. That was when the highly acclaimed artist was dancing a choreographed routine with Janet Jackson and somehow ripped off part of her top, exposing flesh. Read More

  • Twin Cities churches mobilize around Super Bowl

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (one year ago)

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    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- The hometown Vikings may have fallen just short of playing in this year's Super Bowl, but that hasn't diminished the enthusiasm of Twin Cities churches and Christians in their evangelism efforts surrounding the event.

    "Here's a great opportunity for the Twin Cities, for Minnesota, to share the love of Christ," said Chris Reinertson, lead pastor of Southtown Baptist Church and also the director of missions for the Twin Cities Metro Baptist Association.

    Reinertson said area churches have mobilized in an effort to obey the Scriptural command in Ephesians 5:15: "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." Read More

  • SUPER BOWL: Eagles coach embraces unique resume

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    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," Reich, former president of Reformed Theological Seminary in ... Read More

  • Super Bowl: Players address battle with pride

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 03, 2017 (2 years ago)

    Photos by Tim Ellsworth
    HOUSTON (BP) -- They work at a job where millions of people watch them. They are cheered, admired, lauded and pampered. People recognize them, hound them for autographs and care what they have to say.

    Welcome to life in the NFL -- or in any professional sport, for that matter -- where the very nature of the job can easily lend itself to pride or arrogance for those who aren't careful.

    For Christian athletes, pride can be a serious temptation and a nemesis that has to be fought. Read More

  • Falcon's injury fails to sour Super Bowl trip

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 02, 2017 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    HOUSTON (BP) -- The Atlanta Falcons squared off against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 30 in what proved to be a preview of this year's NFC championship game. Atlanta tight end Jacob Tamme caught a 13-yard pass on the first drive of the game.

    "When I got tackled, a second guy hit me right as I went to the ground," Tamme said. "Twice in my career I've known that something bad had happened. The first time was [when] I broke my femur in high school. The second time was that one." Read More

  • Patriots' Solder shares lessons from son's cancer battle

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, February 01, 2017 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Nate Solder remembers the most painful car ride of his life. It took place after a radiologist had first looked at scans from Solder's 3-month-old son Hudson.

    "They directed us to the children's hospital, and they didn't give us a whole lot of direction of what that meant," said Solder, a tackle for the New England Patriots. "So we're driving Hudson to the hospital, and he's laughing and being playful in his car seat as we're driving, and my wife and I cried the entire way. Read More

  • Houston experiencing 'Super Week' of outreach

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Sarah Ellsworth
    HOUSTON (BP) -- James and Barbara Guilbeau's home has seen better days. The outside garage wall was completely rotted out, and the sheetrock in the kitchen had fallen victim to a leaking roof for nine years, thanks to Hurricane Ike in 2008.

    That's why the Guilbeaus were thankful for a team of Southern Baptist volunteers who are making numerous repairs around their house this week in Houston as part of the Super Week of Caring efforts spearheaded by Texas Baptist Men. Read More

  • Survey: Super Bowl unlikely to disrupt most churches

    by Aaron Earls, posted Friday, January 27, 2017 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For churches with Sunday night activities, most pastors say it's still "game on" at church despite the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Feb. 5.

    According to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, 68 percent of Protestant pastors say their church typically has some activity on Sunday night. Among those pastors, almost 6 in 10 (59 percent) say they will continue as normal on the night of the big game. Read More

  • Super Bowl ad slammed by NARAL for 'humanizing fetuses'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (3 years ago)

    Doritos ad YouTube screen capture
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An abortion-rights group's protest that a Super Bowl ad wrongly engaged in "humanizing fetuses" has drawn protest from several Southern Baptist leaders.

    During the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, Doritos aired a commercial depicting a husband and wife viewing an ultrasound image of their unborn child. In the ad, the child begins motioning for the Doritos her father is consuming.

    In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted, "#NotBuyingIt - that @Doritos ad using ... Read More

  • Bay area's big need for new churches

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (3 years ago)

    Photo courtesy Brett Butler
    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- As the nation prepares for the first Super Bowl in the Bay Area in nearly three decades, Southern Baptists will turn their eyes to a changing mission field -- but one with a consistent need for new churches.

    "Things are booming economically in the Bay Area," said Rich Johnstone, the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) Send North America city missionary for San Francisco. "At the same time, there's not a corresponding boom spiritually -- just yet. However, we are starting to see some momentum." Read More