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God and the Gridiron: Sports camps help churches reach out

from Associated Baptist Press

In an age where fascination with local and national sports teams influences -- and even controls -- the schedules and lives of many children and adults, Bill Chamblee sees sports as a bridge to hope and a bridge to Christ. Before Chamblee retired in 2007 from 35 years of recreation ministry at First Baptist Church in Denton, Texas, the church’s missions committee sent him and three others to Springfield, Ill., to conduct a basketball camp for Eastview Baptist Church. After this experience, he became convinced God wasn’t finished using his passion for sports and his desire to see people begin relationships with Christ. more

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