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Amid Louisiana flooding, social media conveys hopeBATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Sermons by social edia became a means of disaster response Aug. 14 amid record rainfall and flooding across south Louisiana.
David Denton, pastor of Highland Baptist Church in New Iberia, used Facebook to speak to church members after Sunday services were cancelled.
"Help with cleanup, and exercise caution in doing so," Denton told church members, according to the Baptist Message, newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Read More
Chibok girls shown in Aug. 14 Boko Haram videoABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Dozens of girls said to be among those kidnapped in 2014 from a Chibok boarding school are shown in a video Boko Haram released Aug. 14 offering the girls in exchange for the release of imprisoned terrorists.
An armed and masked Boko Haram member speaking on the video said some of the 219 or so Chibok girls still missing after the April 14, 2014 abduction had been killed in airstrikes by the Nigerian military and 40 had been married, but he did not specify the number of girls who remained alive, the Associated Press reported. Read More
Olympics: Schrimsher grateful for father's legacyRIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- Nathan Schrimsher will fulfill a dream when he competes in the modern pentathlon event at the Olympics. He's been working toward this goal for years, and his training and journey to the pinnacle of his athletic achievement has been a family affair.
That's why, despite the excitement, the experience will be mingled with sorrow. Schrimsher's dad Keith passed away unexpectedly last year, and he's the one who will be on Schrimsher's mind during the competition. Read More
Olympics: Dietzen's love for teammates anchored by faithRIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- Christa Dietzen comes by the "Mom" nickname her teammates have given her naturally. She's the oldest in her extended family, and she's one of the oldest players on the U.S. women's Olympic volleyball team.
For Dietzen, the captain of the U.S. team in Rio, her interest in caring for those around her comes not just from any mothering instincts she might have, but from what she believes is required of her as a Christian.
"What does it look like to be a Christian athlete?" Dietzen asked. "I think the first ... Read More
Christian club wins free speech fight at N.C. State
NORTH CAROLINA (BP) -- In 2015, North Carolina State University reintroduced the renovated Talley Student Union as a place to share ideas and advocate for campus clubs. But administrators welcomed some beliefs more than others, according to campus ministry Grace Christian Life. The group sued, and finally convinced the school to alter its free speech policy.
In September 2015, Todd Valentine, an N.C. State senior, and Thommy Saunders, a Grace staff member, visited the student union without a permit -- as Grace members have for 20 years. They initiated conversations with students about ... Read More