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After spending half of her life in Scientology, she found truth & freedom in Jesus Christ
ATLANTA (BP)--Karen Pressley has heard it all before.
The talk of space aliens having come to earth a millennia ago, the authoritative worldview, the buffed movie star glibly handing out solutions to personal conflicts.
Movie star Tom Cruise may be spouting the truth according to the Church of Scientology these days, but Pressley has lived in that world longer than Cruise and knows firsthand the nightmare it entails.
“Tom Cruise is doing exactly what Scientology leaders want him to do,” Pressley says. “He’s a celebrity and considered to be a shaper of public opinion and he makes a good spokesman for the organization. Scientology primarily targets the ‘movers and shakers’ in society in order to influence others.” Read More
Pastors’ radio broadcast highlights each week’s S.S. lesson
CARROLLTON, Ala. (BP)--Broadcasting worship services on local television and radio stations has long been a tradition for many churches. But for the past several months, radio listeners in west Alabama have had the opportunity to hear a broadcast devoted to Sunday School as well.
Since December, the WALN Radio Sunday School Program has been broadcast twice weekly on WALN 89.3 in Carrollton. The idea for the show was born out of discussions between Mike Hall, WALN’s station manager who also serves as pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Reform, and Gary Farley, Pickens Baptist Association director of missions. Read More
Crosses & prayer fill field at Glorieta Collegiate Week
Carrying the crosses
Heath Vogt, a student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, carries wooden crosses to a field at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center for a special morning prayer service during National Collegiate Week. Photo by Chris Sinclair
GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--The murmur of lowered voices mingled with the melody of worship songs as groups of students huddled in the morning sunlight.
The sounds of hammers pounding wood quickly cut through the quiet morning as groups of collegians from across the country and as far away as Australia staked more than 70 crosses on a field opposite the prayer garden at LifeWay’s Glorieta Conference Center.
Written prayer requests covered the 2-foot crosses -– petitions for nations, friends, college campuses.
Each cross represented students “staking down a claim on your campus this fall and spring,” National Collegiate Week speaker Jon Randles told the crowd in opening the Aug. 3-9 gathering at Glorieta outside Santa Fe, N.M.
Randles, a popular collegiate ministries speaker, encouraged Collegiate Week attendees to understand and nurture their passion for Christ. Read More
Siblings cross an ocean for Collegiate Week experience
GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--LifeWay’s Glorieta Conference Center is secluded in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a 20-minute drive from Santa Fe -– and a 25-hour flight from Queensland, Australia. Read More
WMU names new consultant; New Hope taps marketing director
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Dianne Daniels has been named the new multicultural ministry consultant for the national Woman's Missionary Union (WMU), while Wendy Wakefield has been named sales and marketing manager for New Hope Publishers, a publishing arm of WMU. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Wicca, the pagan temptation for youth
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--I recently had the opportunity to meet with several youth ministers from Southern Baptist churches here in Missouri. Each impressed me as having a deep commitment to biblical authority and personal passion for Jesus Christ. As we discussed the challenges facing current youth ministers, a concern all shared was the fact that many youth, including youth in evangelical churches, are dabbling in Wicca. Read More