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USA diver Boudia, surprising gold medalist, credits his faith
LONDON (BP) -- A 12-year-old David Boudia stood on the 10-meter diving platform for the first time, terrified to plunge into the water below."My faith is the most important thing in my life, and this is what's brought me through this 2012 Games."That's the equivalent of a three-story building. The fear was understandable.
"It took me the longest time. It took bribes from my mother," Boudia said. "It took so long for me to get over that fear, but it had to be done if I wanted to accomplish dreams."
Boudia doesn't have to dream anymore.
The 23-year-old U.S. diver unexpectedly won Olympic gold in the men's 10-meter platform event Saturday (Aug. 11). His 568.65 points edged China's Qui Bo (566.85 points) and Great Britain's Thomas Daley (556.95 points) to give the United States its first gold medal in men's diving since Greg Louganis in 1988.
Baptist Press previously featured a story on Boudia and his Christian walk. (Read it at http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=38360.)
"Just looking back on this journey, it's amazing to think where I was in 2008 to where I am now," Boudia told NBC's Al Michaels in a Sunday (Aug. 12) interview. "My faith is the most important thing in my life, and this is what's brought me through this 2012 Games."
The medal was Boudia's second of the Olympics, after he and Nick McCrory won bronze in the men's 10-meter synchronized diving event.
"The craziest thing is, I didn't watch the competition at all, so I had no idea where I was placed," Boudia told Michaels. "Going into my last dive, I had no idea it was as close as it was with the top three. I was just doing what I normally do in practice." Read More
Olympics see huge Baptist outreach in London
LONDON -- "We lit the flame and lit up the world."
Doug Shaw had to smile a little when London 2012 chairman Lord Coe closed the Olympics with those words Aug. 12. Read More
FIRST PERSON: Spiritual lessons in London
LONDON (BP) -- Columnist Tim Ellsworth says the Olympics were replete with stories of Christian athletes who were inspiring for their stance on faith. Read More
Survey: Churchgoers struggle in sharing their faith
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- When it comes to discipleship, those who regularly attend church struggle with sharing Christ with non-Christians, according to recent study of church going American Protestants. Read More
Pro-life leaders welcome Paul Ryan choice
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates and social conservatives have enthusiastically greeted the selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate.
Mitt Romney, who will receive the official GOP nomination for president at the party's convention Aug. 27-30, named Ryan as his running mate Saturday (Aug. 11).
The representative from Wisconsin is best known for his leadership on federal budget issues. Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has gained ... Read More
Billy Graham in hospital with bronchitis
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Evangelist Billy Graham was admitted to the hospital Sunday morning, is being treated for a bronchitis infection and is listed in stable condition, according to a hospital news release.
Graham, 93, rested well during his first night at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., near his home in Montreat, and as of Monday morning (Aug. 13), he was up having breakfast and "doing fine," nurses reported.
"Mr. Graham continues to do well and the infection is responding wel... Read More
Iran declining help in quakes' aftermath
TEHRAN (BP) -- Iran is declining offers of assistance from other countries after twin earthquakes devastated rural villages in northwest Iran Saturday (Aug. 11), killing at least 306 people, most of them women and children.
"Our prayers go out for those affected by these earthquakes. We are asking God to make His great love known to all those who are suffering," said Jeff Palmer, executive director of Baptist Global Response. "We are monitoring the situation for ways we can help, but with ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Is it hateful to suggest gays can change?
Columnist Denny Burk takes a look at a recent CNN program where host Erin Burnett said it is "hateful" to suggest that gays can change their sexuality. Read More
BP Ledger, Aug. 13 edition
EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.
Today's BP Ledger contains items from:
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
California Baptist University
University of the Cumberlands
Ouachita Baptist University
International Mission Board
presentations bear... Read More