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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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  • Olympic hockey player gains faith, loses an idol

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Noah Welch had just signed a two-year deal with the NHL's Florida Panthers, and the team was expecting their new defenseman to develop and be a key part of their team.

    Then only five games into the season, Welch got into a fight with Montreal. His shoulder -- dislocated. His labrum -- torn. His season -- over. His career -- threatened.

    "At that point in my life, hockey was one of many idols that I had, and probably my main one," said Welch, a defenseman on the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team. "I didn't realize it, but God was using this circumstance to draw me to Him. He took the biggest opportunity that I've ever had in my hockey career, and just took it right away from me. He pretty much smashed the idol of hockey. Read More

  • High-tech enthusiasts gather at Code for the Kingdom

    by Aaron Wilson & Joy Allmond, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Aaron Wilson
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Bitcoin in the offering plate?

    Software allowing people to use cryptocurrency to give to churches was among the high-tech ideas under development at LifeWay Christian Resources during the Feb. 9-11 weekend.

    LifeWay hosted its Code for the Kingdom event at its new Nashville campus where software developers worked long hours creating technology to serve the church.

    Participants from across the country made 90-second pitches of their software ideas then formed teams to work on projects throughout the weekend. Read More

  • Olympic sledder: Loved by God, no matter the results

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- Elisabeth Vathje, readying for her sledding event in the Winter Olympics, isn't bashful about the most important thing in her life.

    The Canadian skeleton racer clearly proclaims on her Twitter page: "Christ follower."

    "First and foremost, I'm a child of God," Vathje told Baptist Press. "I'm not a skeleton athlete or any of that. It doesn't matter my profession, but Jesus is still my Lord, and that's what's first in everything I do."

    Vathje will compete Friday and Saturday in the Olympics skeleton event, racing down a track of ice headfirst on a sled. She first began racing when she was 14 upon the suggestion of her father. For Vathje, it was love at first slide. Read More

  • U.S. pastor among ChinaAid top 10 persecution cases

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (one year ago)

    MIDLAND, Texas (BP) -- A Virginia pastor interrogated and evicted from China during a discipleship seminar he led in the nation is among ChinaAid's top 10 cases of Christian persecution there in 2017.

    Wang Zhiyong, senior pastor of Grace Christian Church in Herndon, Va., was interrogated for four hours and ordered to immediately leave China after police interrupted his "Religious Reformation and Life Transition" seminar in Guangdong in April 2017, the religious freedom watchdog group ChinaAid said in its report. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A Valentine for grieving husbands

    by Erich Bridges, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (one year ago)

    Erich Bridges, after the shock of his wife's death just over a year ago, is learning to "weep with those who weep" -- "when the house grows quiet and friends go on with their lives." Read More