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Wednesday, October 09, 2002

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  • Sheriff says spiritual protection crucial for police officers' survival

    by Polly House, posted Wednesday, October 09, 2002 (15 years ago)

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    Sheriff's counsel
    Tim Hawsey, Escambia County (Alabama) sheriff, underscored the need for officers to protect themselves spiritually during the Law Enforcement Summit at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center. Photo by Kent Harville

          RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--While it is important that police officers learn to protect themselves physically, the lack of spiritual protection leads to the most stress, an Alabama sheriff said.

          "At the police academies, the emphasis is always on the physical," Tim Hawsey, Escambia County sheriff, said at the Law Enforcement Summit Oct. 1-3 at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. "There is a little bit of time spent on the emotional, but almost none spent on the spiritual side of protecting yourself."

          Hawsey noted, "Research indicates that the most physically hazardous job is not police work, but farming. Police work is, of course, in the top 10 as far as being physically hazardous, but it is the most dangerous job emotionally." Read More

  • Christian women have obligation to dress modestly, Mary Mohler says

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, October 09, 2002 (15 years ago)

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    Stephanie's style
    In a mini-fashion show showcasing modest clothes, Stephanie Burrows models a fashionable yet inexpensive outfit with a purse following a presentation on modesty by Mary Mohler, wife of Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. Burrows is wife of Southern student Elvis Burrows. Photo by David Merrifield

          LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Mary Mohler believes there are certain clothes Christian women should never wear. Ever.

          Whether it be miniskirts, hip-hugger jeans or skin-tight shirts, Mohler -- wife of seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. -- believes they should be avoided. Her reason? Christian women have a biblical obligation to dress modestly and reflect holiness.

          And she doesn't believe that immodest clothing is necessary to be fashionable. Mohler spoke about the biblical view of modesty to a group of women at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in a Sept. 24 event sponsored by the Pendergraph Women's Ministry at the Louisville, Ky., seminary, that included a brief fashion show showcasing inexpensive, modest fashionable clothes. Read More

  • Miss America resists pressure to silence abstinence message

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, October 09, 2002 (15 years ago)

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    Erika Harold, Miss America 2003

          WASHINGTON (BP)--Sexual abstinence is a taboo subject for the new Miss America. At least, the pageant's officials apparently would like for it to be.

          Erika Harold, who was crowned in September as Miss America 2003, said Oct. 8 pageant officials have ordered her not to talk publicly about sexual abstinence, The Washington Times reported. The decree was issued despite Harold's advocacy of sexual abstinence in recent years. She has been a spokeswoman for Project Reality, an abstinence-centered education program in Illinois, and made chastity her platform in her successful bid this year to be Miss Illinois. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Thinking through the prospect of war

    by Terriel Byrd, posted Wednesday, October 09, 2002 (15 years ago)

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BP)--Talk of war in the United States has reached a fevered pitch, and the whole idea of American national security has taken on a new ideological configuration. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: What on earth am I here for?

    by Rick Warren, posted Wednesday, October 09, 2002 (15 years ago)

    LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--Most people struggle with three basic issues in life. The first is the issue of existence: "Why am I alive?" The second is the issue of significance: "Does my life matter?" And the third is the issue of intention: "What is my purpose?" The answers to all three are found in understanding God's five reasons for creating you and putting you on earth. Read More