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NBA All-Star Steph Curry: ‘There’s more to me than just this jersey I wear’

Steph Curry - NBAKANSAS CITY, Mo. – Steph Curry has quite a weekend ahead of him. No, it’s not because of Valentine’s Day, but the Golden State Warriors star will take the court in Toronto on Sunday for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

Undoubtedly, Curry appreciates of the honor of being an All-Star, but the standout point guard and 2015 NBA MVP knows there’s a much bigger prize in life, long after the buzzer sounds. Curry has talked with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Magazine about this faith, writing that his trust in Christ identifies him more than his jersey.

Curry told FCA about the moment he began living for Jesus – and never looked back: “I remember it like it was yesterday, the day I gave my life to Christ. I was in fourth grade, and I recall hearing and understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ and walking down the aisle to give my life to Him. My parents continued to pour into my faith from that point on, making sure I understood the commitment I’d just made.”

And of his journey to the NBA, he said, “I knew the Lord was preparing me for a bigger stage to represent and be a witness for Him on the basketball court. I remembered my mom telling me from day one at Davidson (College) that God puts His people in different areas of life so that they can reach more people for Him. I tried to use that time for His glory.

“God’s given me talents to play basketball for a living, but I still have to work hard to improve every day. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game that can be taken from me at any moment. But I love that basketball gives me the opportunities to do good things for people and to point them towards the Man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that’s something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.

“There’s more to me than just this jersey I wear, and that’s Christ living inside of me.”



Free 6-year youth curriculum for churches debuts

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Richard Ross has spent most of his life leading youth to a deeper relationship with Christ, so he didn't hesitate when he felt God's call to develop a small group curriculum for teens and young adults.

But even Ross was surprised at the result: a six-year free curriculum for grades 7-12 encompassing a multi-year journey to learn everything from apologetics and ethics to evangelism and missions.

The online "Disciple6" curriculum, written by 60-plus faculty and students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, includes learner and leader guides spanning core doctrines of the faith to train disciples for Christ.

The resource is available for download at Disciple6.com.

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Baylor's sexual assault response draws protest

WACO, Texas (BP) – Baylor University's response to reports of campus sexual violence has drawn scores of protesters to the university president's house and provoked at least two observers to call for the severing of official ties between Baylor and the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Baylor President Ken Starr responded to critics with two statements, which affirmed the protesters' "poise and maturity" and stated the university is conducting a thorough review of its response to reports of sexual violence.

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LifeWay to close stores on three seminary campuses

NASHVILLE (BP) – LifeWay Christian Stores are closing at three Southern Baptist seminary campuses, the retail chain confirmed to Baptist Press Feb. 10.

The LifeWay Christian Stores chain also confirmed the closure of its longtime downtown Nashville location due to the sale of SBC entity's 14.5-acre campus last November and the relocation of its offices to a new facility late next year also in the downtown area.

A change in buying patterns among seminary students was cited as the reason for the closures at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.; and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

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Consolidation effort launched for Walnut Ridge, College City

WALNUT RIDGE – An event at Williams Baptist College (WBC) the morning of Feb. 9 has launched the effort to consolidate College City into Walnut Ridge. Officials from both cities and Williams Baptist College were on hand to sign the first petitions, calling for a vote on the consolidation.

Tom Jones, president of Williams, signed the first petition as Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp and College City Mayor Paul Rhoads looked on. The mayors followed suit and signed petitions as well.

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