Episode 384

Pregnancy Centers, Southwestern Student Appearing on America’s Got Talent & Pickleball

Jun 28, 2023

When Richard found out his girlfriend, Jasmine, was pregnant, he was nervous — he’d been a husband and a dad before, and he didn’t feel like he’d done very well. In an episode of America’s Got Talent (AGT) airing June 27, Lachune Boyd, a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Master of Music student with a concentration in voice will be featured as one of the people auditioning. And, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the U-S. Some have called it a cross between tennis and ping pong. A Kentucky church…and many others…are finding that pickleball creates opportunities for friends and families to get together to talk and even share about their love for Jesus.

Transcript

When Richard found out his girlfriend, Jasmine, was pregnant, he was nervous — he’d been a husband and a dad before, and he didn’t feel like he’d done very well.

Then one day Jasmine asked him to come with her to parenting classes at Sav-A-Life in Vestavia, Alabama. He said yes and found quickly that he loved the fellowship with other men who came there for the fatherhood program. He realized the group was a safe place — there was no judgment, and the other men were very similar to him. After a while, he and Jasmine decided to marry.
Richard is just one of the men featured in a story on Baptist Press that shares the stories of men who have been helped by pregnancy support centers.
Maybe you have a pregnancy support center nearby…ever considered how your church can partner with them?
In a Baptist Press piece, Mary Holloman offer tips on how churches can come alongside their local pregnancy support center.
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In an episode of America’s Got Talent (AGT) airing June 27, Lachune Boyd, a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Master of Music student with a concentration in voice will be featured as one of the people auditioning.
Boyd, who is one semester away from finishing her master’s degree, said Southwestern has helped provide her practical help with her vocal performance as well as theological and philosophical formation.

Growing up as a pastor’s child in South Carolina and attending North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina, Boyd says she knew that music and being a positive and creative influence is what she was called to be.
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Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the U-S. Some have called it a cross between tennis and ping pong. A Kentucky church…and many others…are finding that pickleball creates opportunities for friends and families to get together to talk and even share about their love for Jesus.

“There have been some amazing conversations we’ve been able to have,” Dyer said. “Back in the spring of this year, my wife and I were figuring we’ve had those conversations from introduction to friendship with about 60 to 80 who had no association in the church.

Dyer said several from the community have visited the church and started attending with the first and only connection coming through pickleball. He said a 75-year-old senior adult came to play pickleball with a church group and said to one of the members they had never been around a group of people accepting of everybody and wanting everybody to succeed.

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