MISSIONS A WAY OF LIFE FOR FOOTBALL PLAYER

By Bill Sorrell
Contributing Writer, Baptist and Reflector

Jeffery Johnson

Jeffery Johnson

McKENZIE — A Cuban Christian gave Jeffery Johnson the shirt off his back.

While on a missions trip to Cuba last March, Johnson met Eduardo, a married man in his mid-30s with two children.

“We had a bond. We got to spend so much time together. At a going-away party I wanted to give him something,” said Johnson, a center on Bethel University’s football team. [Read more…]

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TENNESSEE BAPTIST MISSION BOARD

Messengers approve new name for Executive Board, elect Freeman

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

New officers of the Tennessee Baptist Convention are, from left, Todd Stinnett, pastor, Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, second vice president; Steve Freeman, pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Springfield, president; and Michael Crandall, pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Dyersburg, vice president.

New officers of the Tennessee Baptist Convention are, from left, Todd Stinnett, pastor, Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, second vice president; Steve Freeman, pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Springfield, president; and Michael Crandall, pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Dyersburg, vice president. -Photos by Corinne Williams

SEVIERVILLE — Messengers to the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention approved a new name for the Executive Board and elected Springfield pastor Steve Freeman as their new president.

The two actions were among many that took place during Summit: The Gathering of Tennessee Baptists held Nov. 13-17 at the Sevierville Convention Center.

The final unofficial registration tallied 1,211 registered messengers from 503 churches throughout the state. The numbers do not reflect the total number of people who attended various sessions. On Nov. 13, there was an estimated 2,000-plus people who attended the worship service led by Steve Gaines (see story here) and a concurrent Hispanic worship service.

Registration exceeded the 953 messengers from 322 churches who attended last year’s Summit in Millington and the 1,172 messengers who attended Summit in 2014 in Brentwood. [Read more…]

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C-N COACHING LEGEND KEN SPARKS RETIRES

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Ken Sparks

Ken Sparks

JEFFERSON CITY — Carson Newman University football coach Ken Sparks, the nation’s active wins leader and the fifth winningest coach in college football history, announced his retirement during a press conference Nov. 14 inside the football athletic complex that bears his name.

Sparks, a member of Manley Baptist Church, Morristown, finishes his Carson-Newman career after 37 seasons with 338 wins, 99 losses and two ties.  His career winning percentage of .7699 is the fourth highest in college football history while the 338 victories amount to the fifth best total nationally. [Read more…]

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TEENAGER GIVES UP BASKETBALL FOR GOD

By Steve Beavers
Independent Appeal, Selmer

Tyler Gibbs takes a reading break. Gibbs, a high school junior, gave up basketball this year to concentrate more on serving God. He continues to be involved with the game as a student coach. — Photo by Steve Beavers.

Tyler Gibbs takes a reading break. Gibbs, a high school junior, gave up basketball this year to concentrate more on serving God. He continues to be involved with the game as a student coach.
— Photo by Steve Beavers.

ADAMSVILLE — Tyler Gibbs loves the game of basketball.

More importantly, the Adamsville High School junior has a deeper affection for God.

Gibbs’ desire to do more than just play the game he loves has been his goal since a young age. “I surrendered to the ministry when I was 10,” said the 16-year-old son of Danny and Ronnell Gibbs. “My goal in life is to share my beliefs and how God has changed me.” [Read more…]

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TITLE IX AND THE SHAME LIST: A LOOK AT BOTH

By Emily Littleton
Cardinal & Cream, Unio0n University

The NCAA logo is unfurled from Miller Tower Sept. 28 during Union Night on the Great Lawn. - Photo by Amanda Rohde

The NCAA logo is unfurled from Miller Tower Sept. 28 during Union Night on the Great Lawn.
– Photo by Amanda Rohde

This summer, Union was one of 102 Christian colleges and universities included on the LGBTQ advocacy group Campus Pride’s “Shame List.”

According to the organization’s website, Union was included because it received a Title IX exemption. Many schools with similar exemptions were included on the list, Carson-Newman University, another Tennessee Baptist Convention institution in Jefferson City. [Read more…]

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STUDENTS RESPOND WITH TEARS, SHOCK

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Leaders of Any One in Knoxville were, from left, Kevin Perrigan, director, Carson Springs Baptist Conference; Jeff Williamson, Impact camp director; Brent Beeler, minister of youth, New Hopewell Baptist Church, Knoxville; Robbie Robison, evangelist of Nashville; and Keith Jones, minister to students, City View Baptist Church, Knoxville, and volunteer with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Leaders of Any One in Knoxville were, from left, Kevin Perrigan, director, Carson Springs Baptist Conference; Jeff Williamson, Impact camp director; Brent Beeler, minister of youth, New Hopewell Baptist Church, Knoxville; Robbie Robison, evangelist of Nashville; and Keith Jones, minister to students, City View Baptist Church, Knoxville, and volunteer with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

KNOXVILLE — Brent Beeler, Knoxville minister of youth, knew God might be up to something when in August he along with some other youth ministers were asked by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at South-Doyle High School to meet with them.

Just a few weeks earlier he had been asked to help the Tennessee Baptist Convention hold a rally at the school. [Read more…]

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RALLY ANSWER TO PRAYER: STUDENTS

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (recently changed to Fellowship of Christian Anybody) of South-Doyle High School, Knoxville, pause before the Any One rally held there Sept. 23. They are, from left, first row, Paul Brooks, Olivia Snapp, and Debbie Lay, sponsor; back row, Ray Anderson, Nate Wilkerson, Luke Fall, and Noah Wilkerson.

Members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (recently changed to Fellowship of Christian Anybody) of South-Doyle High School, Knoxville, pause before the Any One rally held there Sept. 23. They are, from left, first row, Paul Brooks, Olivia Snapp, and Debbie Lay, sponsor; back row, Ray Anderson, Nate Wilkerson, Luke Fall, and Noah Wilkerson.

KNOXVILLE — The fifth quarter “Any One” event held at South-Doyle High School here after its Sept. 23 football game drew students to the band field of the campus as they filed out of the stadium.

Teens gathered under bright lights donated by a construction company to hear music and a disc jockey (D.J.), eat hot dogs, and hang out. Musicians led worship, and then Robbie Robison, evangelist of Nashville, spoke. [Read more…]

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BULLYING: NCAA TAKES ITS BALL AND LEAVES

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

160921ballMy 3-year-old grandson, Eli Beasley, is playing soccer this fall. Personally, I think he is too young to play in a league, but Pappy deferred to his parents.

Well, Eli is proving Pappy probably was right. He takes a notion to play and practice when he wants to, causing his mother a great deal of frustration. But when he decides to play, Eli tries to do what he is instructed.

In soccer, you are not supposed to use your hands (unless you’re the goalie). In Eli’s game last week, he didn’t particularly want to play but when the coach told him he could play with his soccer ball that piqued his interest so he went onto the field.

After a few minutes, Eli realized the players on the opposing team were trying to take his ball away from him. Obeying his coaches and not touching the ball with his hands, Eli decided the best course of action to take was to sit on his ball. My daughter took a classic photo of Eli sitting on his ball while two 3-year-old opponents looked at him with the most puzzled expressions, “What do we do now?” [Read more…]

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IF WE’RE SO BAD, WHY DO THEY KEEP COMING?

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Lonnie Wilkey

Lonnie Wilkey

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made national headlines recently when he refused to stand for the National Anthem prior to a 49ers preseason National Football League game.

While I’m not disputing his right to stand or not stand (and I do disagree with his decision to not stand), I do dispute his rationale.

Kaepernick, who is biracial, told NFL media reporter Steve Wyche: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag or country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

I would daresay that the majority of his teammates on the 49ers are “people of color” as he puts it. The minimum salary for an NFL football player in his first season is $450,000. The total jumps to $525,000 for the second season, followed by $600,000 in the third season, and $675,000 for year four. That is the minimum. That does not include the numerous players who earn millions of dollars per year. If that’s oppression, I wouldn’t mind being “oppressed.” [Read more…]

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A ‘TENNESSEE REUNION’ PLANNED

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

160913tnreunionBRENTWOOD — The Tennessee Baptist Convention’s annual Summit: The Gathering of Tennessee Baptists is expanding this year.

As always, the Summit (scheduled for Nov. 13-17) will include the Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference and the annual business meeting, but this year will include the “Tennessee Reunion” on Sunday night, Nov. 13, and a golf tournament on Thursday, Nov. 17. [Read more…]

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