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Mich. marriage amend. dealt setback, La. amend. wins round
LANSING, Mich. (BP)--Despite having enough signatures, a proposed constitutional marriage amendment in Michigan may not make it to the ballot after the state's canvassing board deadlocked in a party-line vote Aug. 23. Meanwhile, a marriage amendment in Louisiana won a round in court. Read More
Actor Stephen Baldwin focused on doing 'God's will'
DALLAS (BP)--Stephen Baldwin had just told a packed auditorium of students in Dallas about his conversion to Christ following the 9/11 attacks.
In the hallway next to the stage, a purple-haired teen, probably 12 or 13 with tears flowing, bent Baldwin’s ears for several minutes before the veteran actor whisked him downstairs to the hospitality room to talk. After a 15-20-minute conversation, Baldwin gathered several others around and prayed with the student.
“Good luck, man,” the teen told Baldwin as he stood to leave. “I don’t need luck, bro,” Baldwin said grinning. “I’ve got Jesus.”
That Baldwin has Jesus is curious to some.
Busy with the Lord’s work
Since his conversion in the days after the 9/11 attacks, actor Stephen Baldwin has “just been walking my walk and I’ve been really busy with everything the Lord’s had me doing.” Photo by Kyle Felts
He’s the youngest of the Baldwin acting clan – with older brothers Alec, Billy and Daniel -- and a veteran of more than 60 movies, including “The Usual Suspects” and “8 Seconds,” and television shows “The Young Riders” (1989-92), “Celebrity Mole” and “Fear Factor.”
His conversion and his work in producing an “extreme sports” DVD to reach kids in the skateboarding and stunt biking culture has been reported in places like USA Today, The New York Times, salon.com, Fox News Channel and CNN. Lately he’s been a regular at Christian rock festivals and similar evangelical events -- even advocating that Christians turn out for the November elections. Read More
32 Fla. Baptist churches feel brunt of Charley’s wind & rain
Hurricane Charley destroyed the rural Oak Hill Baptist Church near Arcadia, Fla., but this Bible in a classroom remained untouched. Photo by Ken Touchton
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--On-site assessments have identified 32 Florida Baptist church buildings that have been destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Charley.
The buildings of three churches were destroyed, all in the Peace River Baptist Association in the rural area of Arcadia: Oak Hill Baptist Church, Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
The remaining 29 church buildings sustained damage that was classified between minimal to heavy, according to assessments completed through Aug. 20. In addition, two homes of pastors have been reported with damage.
No dollar figure has been assigned to the damages and losses experienced by churches throughout southwest Florida. Read More
Gold medalist Carly Patterson called 'young woman of faith'
ATHENS (BP)--Gymnastics gold medalist Carly Patterson is "a young woman of faith," according to a report by Sports Spectrum, a Christian sports media organization.
Sports Spectrum's daily e-mail newsletter Hot Corner stated on Aug. 24:
"Although SS [Sports Spectrum] has not interviewed Carly, we know this much about this young woman who has captured hearts and gold in Athens. Her favorite Bible passage is Philippians 4:13, 'I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.' Her favorite reading material is the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. And she likes to listen to Christian music." Read More
Errorless on the field, Olympian's higher aim is faithfulness
ATHENS (BP)--Headlines celebrated the overpowering pitching of the U.S. softball team en route to a gold medal via a 5-1 victory over Australia Aug. 23. Read More
Baylor's Wariner leads U.S. to 400-meter medal sweep
ATHENS (BP)--Baylor junior Jeremy Wariner picked a great time to log a personal best.
Former GGBTS prof dies of cancer at age 75
ATLANTA (BP)--Craig Skinner, former professor of preaching at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, died Aug. 10 in Atlanta after an extended battle with cancer. He was 75. He taught preaching at Golden Gate's Northern California campus from 1982-94. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Battling AIDS: biblical principle or billions of dollars?
ATHENS (BP)--In one of the many amphitheaters that dot the Athenian cityscape, several hundred people publicly took an international stand in support of sexual abstinence until marriage. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The postmodern parable of Ron Reagan
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Pop icon Andy Warhol -- famous for his bizarre appearance as well as for his paintings of Campbell soup cans -- once predicted that eventually everyone in the world would have 15 minutes of fame amid the rise of the media culture and the cult of celebrity. Well, it seems that Ron Reagan's 15 minutes should have expired by now. Read More