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"With God, you're so much stronger than you could ever be by yourself. Any time I step on the field, I know I'm not alone. He's got my back." - Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford, a United Methodist.
Faith in God powers Heisman-winning quarterback
NORMAN, Okla. (UMNS) - The story of David and Goliath is Sam Bradford's favorite from the Bible. Like David, he faces big challenges and super-sized expectations - especially on the football field as the quarterback for the University of Oklahoma. And like David, he is confident that God goes with him into battle. "I think it's a great story. It's grown to become a big part of my life," the Heisman Trophy-winning athlete told an audience at the United Methodist Church of the Servant, where he is a member. He was not always so sure about God's plan for his life.
Bishop Martínez becomes interim head of mission agency
NEW YORK (UMNS) - Bishop Joel N. Martínez will serve as interim general secretary of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries while a search is conducted for a new chief executive. The retired bishop was president of Global Ministries' board of directors for two four-year terms, concluding last October. He is stepping into a position left vacant by the resignation for health reasons of the Rev. Edward W. Paup, who held the position for one year. Martinez' appointment, effective immediately, was announced by Bishop Bruce Ough of West Ohio, board president.
Ecumenical leader urges prayer for Zimbabwe
GENEVA (UMNS) - Zimbabwe needs the prayers and support of the world, said the Rev. Solomon Zwana, new leader of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Zwana, speaking Sept. 1 at a World Council of Churches hearing on Zimbabwe, said his group is playing an active role as the nation attempts to heal the scars of recent turmoil and stabilize an economy that has had 10 years of runaway inflation and high unemployment. "One of the most important things is prayers from the ecumenical family," Zwana said. "With that accompaniment, we may never give up. We will feel inspired to have the determination to play our part."
World Council of Churches chooses Busan for 10th Assembly
GENEVA (UMNS) -- The World Council of Churches Central Committee will hold its 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea, in 2013. The National Council of Churches in Korea had issued the invitation to Busan on behalf of its member churches, including the Korean Methodist Church. An assembly committee will be formed and begin working on planning and implementation.
Update: Faithful console one another as wildfires rage
UMNS' Sept. 3 story on the Southern California wildfires has been updated with new quotes and information.