The church organist rallied "stadium," the "crowd" did the wave, and everyone in the Bedford United Church hugged each other after witnessing the Canada men's hockey team beat Sweden 3-0 in the Winter Olympics gold medal final on a screen in their church on Sunday morning.
The Nova Scotia church organized the viewing party last week, hoping that they would catch its country's team win its second straight Olympic gold medal on Sunday. As the puck dropped in Sochi, Russia at 4 p.m. local time and as early as 8 a.m. on Canada's East Coast, dozens of fans headed to bars, which opened before dawn for special coverage of the game.
Hoping to help out fans conflicted about choosing between God or country, BUC streamed the victory on a giant projection stream and praised God following the game in which Canada claimed gold. more >>
American David Wise has became the first Olympic gold medalist in the history of the sport of men's freestyle skiing halfpipe.
Wise, 23, scored 92 out of 100 in his first round of the finals, a number which put him atop the podium on Tuesday. In his second round, Wise only earned a 3.4 after falling, which gave him the distinction of scoring the event's highest and lowest scores.
"I think free skiing really rose to the occasion and put on a good show in spite of the conditions," Wise told NBC's The Today Show on Wednesday morning about his performance, addressing the rain, fog and snow that the athletes were confronted with while competing on Tuesday. more >>
A male American bobsledder has called out Lolo Jones and the national bobsledding federation's decision to have the converted hurdler race for the U.S. team after a disappointing first two heats at the Olympic Sochi Games.
Jones and pilot Jazmine Fenlator ended up 11th out of 19 at the women's bobsledding competition Tuesday, halfway through the entire sport for the Sochi Games. U.S. Olympian Chuck Berkeley criticized the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation's decision to give Jones a spot on the Olympic bobsledding team. This criticism has been repeated recently, with many Olympic hopefuls arguing Jones was chosen for her popularity rather than her skill.
"Absolutely no doubt that @KatieEberling would have done better for USA3. Hope the marketing dollars were worth it. #merit #Olympics2014," Berkeley tweeted. The former Olympian, who did not make the cut for this year's final team, was referencing another female bobsledder, Katie Eberling, who is currently serving as an alternate at the games. more >>
A Kentucky congregation is taking on an unconventional approach to community outreach by building a recreational facility, with hopes to attract gym members that eventually become churchgoers.
Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church in Midway, Ky. is currently building The CROSS Center, which stands for Christian Recreation Outreach Strengthening Souls, on their church grounds where pastor Todd Lester believes people will be able to strengthen their body, mind and soul.
Quintin Demps is not your average NFL player, he is also the creator of the Purpose By Faith record label who hopes to use the platform to inspire others and make dreams come true.
The Kansas City Chiefs safety, 28, is on fire for Jesus, which has inspired him to re-ignite his passion for music by creating his independent record label. While the 2014 NFL regular season will not begin until next September, Demps is manning a different type of competition off of the football field in an attempt to combine his passion for music and faith.
The football player, who moonlights as rapper and writer "Q," has opened up a talent competition for singers who are interested in being featured on his upcoming album, which is slated for a Summer 2014 release. Demps is challenging serious singers who are passionate about faith-based music to submit 15-second video clips showcasing their abilities to his Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts. more >>
A University of Connecticut assistant football coach who previously made waves for saying "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle" has resigned for personal reasons purportedly unrelated to the controversy regarding his comments.
Ernest Jones, who served as the running backs coach and director of player engagement for the University of Connecticut football team, resigned from his post just two months after being hired. Both he and newly hired head coach Bob Diaco previously served at the Catholic university of Notre Dame.
"Ernest has resigned his position effective immediately here at the university after deep introspection and reflection," Diaco said in a statement Monday, according to The Hartford Courant. "And it is entirely family and personally related." more >>