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SBC president carries hope to the hurting along hurricane's path
NORTH PORT, Fla. (BP)--The devastation of southwest Florida by Hurricane Charley reminded Bobby Welch of two other experiences that hit close to home -- Hurricane Andrew and the war in Vietnam.
Welch, president of the 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., surveyed nearly a dozen sites Aug. 18 where hundreds of thousands of Floridians were left shattered and homeless by the category four hurricane that cut a 200-mile-long and 30-mile-wide swath through the peninsular state Aug. 13.
“The only place I have ever seen to rival what happened at Homestead (Fla.) in the night was the war in Vietnam. You have a lot of that same stuff here,” said Welch, digesting the day’s images of crumpled metal trailers, mile after mile of torn and mangled tree branches and twisted wires and road signs bent nearly to the ground from the force of the wind.
Dressed in blue jeans and hiking boots, the Alabama native drove with water and supplies from Daytona Beach, where his own house and church were still without power from the massive storm, through Orlando, south to Arcadia, and then west to Punta Gorda where Charley’s massive winds and pounding rain came on shore. Read More
Prayerwalking, families prepared for hurricane's onslaught
Walking the line
Workers have been working long hours on power lines damaged by Hurricane Charley to restore electricity to southern Florida, where 350,000 people were still without service Aug. 20. Photo by Kathleen Murray
ARCADIA, Fla. (BP)--Eleven-month-old Max perched happily on his father’s arm, looking in wide-eyed wonder at the beehive of activity at First Baptist Church in Arcadia, Fla., Aug. 18, in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley.
Days earlier, the towheaded toddler had displayed the same curiosity when his dad, 20-something Michael Loria, clutched the child in his arms in the center of their modest home to ride out the category four storm -- after walking around the outside of the house to pray for the family’s safety.
Commenting on the condition of his home, Loria, a member of First Presbyterian Church in Arcadia, told Baptist Press that although all the greenery and foliage around his house looked like it had been “flushed down the toilet,” his home was not damaged at all. Read More
Olympic decathlete Bryan Clay counts on faithful supporters
Counting on prayer
No matter how he finishes in the decathlon, Bryan Clay is counting on the prayers of family and friends both as he competes in the Olympics and as he lives out his faith in Athens.
ATHENS (BP)--Although the decathlon isn’t a team event, Bryan Clay knows he won’t be alone in Athens when competition in the event opens Aug. 23.
“I’ve never felt like I was alone when I’m out there competing,” Clay said. “A lot of people get all this pressure built on them and they get so stressed out because they feel like it’s all on their shoulders. I’ve never felt like that. I’ve always been able to give that to God and allow Him to carry that burden for me.”
One of the main reasons Clay feels such company as he’s competing is because of the prayer support he’s getting from family and friends. He values that kind of support for how instrumental it is to his success as both an athlete and a Christian. Read More
David Limbaugh among top speakers tapped for 2004 edition of the Baptist Press collegiate journalism conference in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--David Limbaugh, author of "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity," will be the featured speaker at the Excellence in Journalism awards banquet during the fourth annual Baptist Press National Journalism Student Conference Oct. 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn.
The brother of talk show host Rush Limbaugh, David Limbaugh is an expert in law and politics. Persecution, which spent five weeks atop The New York Times best-seller list last fall, documents more than 800 examples of discrimination against Christians in America.
Registration opens for 2004 collegiate journalism conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Registration for the 2004 Baptist Press Student Journalism Conference is underway, according to Will Hall, vice president for news services with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and executive editor of Baptist Press.
The conference, set for Oct. 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn., features special addresses by David Limbaugh, author of the NYT bestseller, Persecution; Bill Mattox of USA Today, James Patterson of The Indianapolis Star, Anacleto Rapping of The Los Angeles Times and Holly Thompson of WSMV-TV in Nashville. Read More
Father of 5 looks ahead, warily, amid Hurricane Charley's impact
ARCADIA, Fla. (BP)--Joe Talamantez stood in the front of a little white tattered home talking with Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch. The men were sharing their impressions of the mess left by Hurricane Charley, the most devastating hurricane to come ashore in southwest Florida since 1960. Read More
Lengthy post-Charley ministry ahead for Southern Baptists
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--In the week following Hurricane Charley’s assault on southwest Florida, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have prepared nearly 200,000 meals, cleared trees and debris from roadways and houses, and provided showers and water purification for thousands of displaced residents. Read More
Federal bankruptcy judge upholds Defense of Marriage Act
TACOMA, Wash. (BP)--In the first ruling of its kind, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Aug. 17 that the Defense of Marriage Act does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Read More
MARRIAGE DIGEST: Amendment in Ohio moves closer to ballot
COLUMBUS, Ohio. (BP)--A constitutional marriage amendment in Ohio is one step closer to the ballot after being approved by the state ballot board.
FIRST-PERSON: Ominous diagnosis remains true
McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)--In 1973, Karl Menninger penned a book titled, “Whatever Became of Sin?” Within its pages the eminent psychiatrist lamented the fact that American society seemed to be in the process of rejecting the concept of a divine standard of right and wrong. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The real & overlooked trend in U.S. marriage debate
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BP)--Yes, there is a discernible trend in legalization of same-sex unions, but it is far different than one of inevitable acceptance loudly trumpeted by activists and their willing accomplices in the media. Read More