Chip and Joanna Gaines Magnolia Market Silos Will Host Sunday Church Services

The Magnolia Market Silos near Waco, Texas have been the site of vendor markets and family-friendly celebrations. Now, it can add the meeting place for church services to its list of venues. Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines found out that a church in Waco called ‘Church Under The Bridge’ would have to vacate its usual meeting place under an overpass of Interstate 35 due to construction work beginning in March.

They invited Pastor Jimmy Dorrell and his congregation to meet at the Silos on Sundays. Dorrell gratefully accepted the Gaines’ offer.

Chip Gaines said he recalled Pastor Dorrell making waves with his new ministry back when he attended Baylor University.

“About a month ago, I read about how the I35 project would impact his church. I was sitting in my office one day, day-dreaming, thinking about making a commitment, and we reached out to Jimmy,” he told the newspaper. “He came over to the Silos, and we agreed it would make a great fit geographically. We said, ‘Let’s do it,’ and shook hands on it.”

Pastor Dorrell said his church has a one-year agreement with the Magnolia Company to use the Silos at no charge. He told the newspaper that ultimately, the church will return to its home under the bridge.

Tony Dungy—Giving a Voice to Christians in the NFL: “That’s One of the Reasons God Has Me At NBC”

Legendary NFL coach Tony Dungy believes one of the reasons God has him Hot Off The Christian News Wire working as a sports analyst is “to be the voice” for Christian players who want to speak about their faith. Dungy is an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America.

“A lot of people said, ‘Well, you shouldn’t bring religion into it,'” said Dungy. “But believe it or not, I got much more support than I did heat.”

Dungy believes that’s why God has him at NBC. Dungy says Christian athletes should be free to talk about their faith in the same way other athletes speak about issues that are important to them.

“I think people have to understand that Christian athletes have the same ability to espouse their views as anyone else has and if we ask them a question about, what is allowing them to play well, and they say, ‘It’s my faith in Christ’ or ‘It’s the Holy Spirit,’ we can’t hold that in and we can’t begrudge them of that,” he said.

In addition to football and broadcasting, he and his wife head the Dungy Family Foundation.

Dungy is also a spokesman for the fatherhood program All Pro Dad and has written several books.

For King & Country Continue Concert Tour

Joel Smallbone and younger brother Luke Smallbone comprise the Christian pop and rock duo ‘for King & Country.’ Originally from Sydney, Australia, they’ve lived in the Nashville area since 1991. Since bursting onto the scene in 2010 with their debut album Crave, which peaked at No. 4 on Top Christian Albums, they’ve built a large fan base that’s continuously expanding. Much of that success is word-of-mouth response from their exciting concerts. There seems to be a genuine buzz in the Christian genre for the duo.

To date, the Smallbone brothers, who claimed two GRAMMY® trophies in 2015, have collected eight top hits on Billboard’s hybrid Hot Christian Songs Chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales.

The duo will be performing at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Friday, December 14. For ticket information, visit

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.