FOOTBALL PRAYER LEADS TO EMPLOYEE TRAINING

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

The Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that students’ rights were violated when Eric Dill, student pastor of Bayside Baptist Church in Harrison, Tenn., prayed over an injured student at a September 2016 high school football game in Chattanooga, Tenn. The student has since made a full recovery. WRCB-TV screen capture

The Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that students’ rights were violated when Eric Dill, student pastor of Bayside Baptist Church in Harrison, Tenn., prayed over an injured student at a September 2016 high school football game in Chattanooga, Tenn. The student has since made a full recovery.
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CHATTANOOGA — A public school system has agreed to update employees on applicable constitutional law after a special interest group complained of a Tennessee Baptist minister’s impromptu prayer over an injured player at a high school football game.

The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) will “provide additional training to its employees on the application of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses in public schools,” HCDE attorney D. Scott Bennett told the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) Jan. 30. [Read more…]

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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO LEARN GOD’S WORD

No building and a bathroom practice site doesn’t deter Bible drillers

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

It’s not the perfect practice site for a Bible drill, but this bathroom at Camp Smoky is the only place these Bible drillers from Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, have to practice after their church was destroyed by fire last November. From left are Kylie Brower, Chloe Devine, Sierra Devine, James Cooper, Jordan Deaver, Keegan Ward, Morgan Wallace, Brantley Cooper, Cinnamon Grey, Barret Crawley, and Alex Willis.

It’s not the perfect practice site for a Bible drill, but this bathroom at Camp Smoky is the only place these Bible drillers from Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, have to practice after their church was destroyed by fire last November. From left are Kylie Brower, Chloe Devine, Sierra Devine, James Cooper, Jordan Deaver, Keegan Ward, Morgan Wallace, Brantley Cooper, Cinnamon Grey, Barret Crawley, and Alex Willis.

GATLINBURG — The youth of Roaring Fork Baptist Church here are not unlike countless other teenagers across Tennessee who are participating in Youth Bible Drill, preparing for associational and state competitions later this spring.

What sets the Roaring Fork youth apart from other groups is where they practice — a bathroom at Camp Smoky, owned and operated by the Sevier County Association of Baptists.

Roaring Fork Baptist Church was destroyed in November by the fires that swept through Gatlinburg and Sevier County. The church has been meeting since the fire at Camp Smoky where space is limited. [Read more…]

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UNION STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN D.C. EVENT

Baptist Press

Union UniversityJACKSON — Thirteen Union University students took part in the annual March for Life, a peaceful pro-life demonstration, held Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C.

The students are members of Life139, Union’s pro-life student group. They also participated in Evangelicals for Life and Students for Life conferences while in D.C.

“Abortion is the greatest human rights issue of our generation,” said Andrew Edmiston, a junior physics major and president of Life139. “It affects all races, all people. It’s the human life at its most innocent stage.” [Read more…]

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SBC CHILD CARE, CHILDREN, YOUTH REG. OPENS FEB. 1

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-Screen shot from www.thegiantcow.com

-Screen shot from www.thegiantcow.com

PHOENIX (BP) — Registration opens Feb. 1 for preschool child care, Giant Cow Children’s Ministries and Youth on Mission in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 annual meeting June 13-14 in Phoenix.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) child care volunteers will care for preschoolers; while Giant Cow Children’s Ministries will lead the 5- to 12-year-olds, and Woman’s Missionary Union will guide the Youth on Mission curricula and activities.

All activities for children and youth will be housed at the Phoenix Convention Center, the annual meeting site. Youth who have completed grades 7-12 will begin their days at the convention center with worship before going into the community for hands-on mission projects. [Read more…]

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CONNECT YOUTH WITH CHURCH: SALYER

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Jason Salyer, left, associate pastor of students, East Maryville Baptist Church, Maryville, speaks to Jerry Pullum, pastor, Bear Cove Baptist Church, Sparta, following the breakout session Salyer led during the Summit.

Jason Salyer, left, associate pastor of students, East Maryville Baptist Church, Maryville, speaks to Jerry Pullum, pastor, Bear Cove Baptist Church, Sparta, following the breakout session Salyer led during the Summit.

SEVIERVILLE — Do students just make up the church of tomorrow or are they also part of the church today? asked Jason Salyer in a breakout session of Summit.

Do the programming and structures of your congregation “support or deny” that view? asked Salyer, who is associate pastor of students, East Maryville Baptist Church, Maryville. He led the breakout session, “Connecting the Next Generation With the Work of the Church,” held during the Nov. 13-17 Summit of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

Actually, many churches don’t consider students as the church of tomorrow or today, suggested Salyer. Instead students are disconnected from the church. [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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ONE MILLION STUDENTS GATHER AT FLAGPOLES

Baptist Press

Students at Knoch High School in Saxonburg, Pa., posted this photo on Facebook of their Sept. 28 See You At the Pole prayer event.  Facebook photo/Ignition

Students at Knoch High School in Saxonburg, Pa., posted this photo on Facebook of their Sept. 28 See You At the Pole prayer event.
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NASHVILLE — An estimated million or more students in the U.S. and 63 foreign countries publicly gathered around school flagpoles Sept. 28 and prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The annual See You At the Pole (SYATP) interdenominational Christian outreach was augmented this year with the launch of the I Am Hope outreach leading up to the Oct. 21 release of the film “I’m Not Ashamed.” [Read more…]

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RESPONSE LEADS BEYOND CAMP

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Students attend Any One at South-Doyle High School, Knoxville. The rally, one of three held in East Tennessee, was a fifth quarter event held Sept. 23.

Students attend Any One at South-Doyle High School, Knoxville. The rally, one of three held in East Tennessee, was a fifth quarter event held Sept. 23.

KNOXVILLE — All they were trying to do is find a way to promote Impact youth camps of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, explained Jeff Williamson and Kevin Perrigan of the TBC staff.

So they came up with the idea of holding fifth quarter events on high school campuses to inform students about the camp. [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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