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  • MIA 65 years, Korea veteran draws pastor's gratitude

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 11, 2016 (one year ago)

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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BP) -- The return of a Korean War veteran's remains to his hometown of Cambridge, Mass., 65 years after his death in 1951 provided opportunity for local Korean Christians to pay tribute and for pastor Paul Kim to offer a public Gospel witness.

    U.S. Army Cpl. Ronald Sparks, then 20, was wounded in action and captured by Chinese troops the year after he arrived in Korea to help defend it against a communist advance. Shortly thereafter, his family received notice he was missing in action and presumed dead, his nephew Bob Sparks recounted in The Vineyard Gazette of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., in July. Read More

  • Southern Baptists honor Pearl Harbor survivor

    by Todd Deaton, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- World War II veteran Bill McAnany, one of 2,000 living survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was introduced to the Southern Baptist Convention as messengers honored America and recognized military veterans June 14 at the SBC's annual meeting in St. Louis.

    Calling it an "awesome privilege," SBC President Ronnie Floyd observed that a memory of WWII disappears from American culture every three minutes as those who fought in the global conflict pass into eternity. Read More

  • MEMORIAL DAY: Jimmy Connelly's greatest honor

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, May 27, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ST. GEORGE, S.C. (BP) -- An estimated 3.6 million Americans fought in the Pacific Theatre in World War II, overcoming brutal encounters on island after island against Japanese soldiers burrowed into the hillsides.

    The late Jimmy Connelly was one of those Americans.

    The Navy made Connelly chief of a troop-landing Higgins Craft during the massive amphibious assaults at the outset of the Allies' first major Pacific offensive against the Japanese -- Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

    Each craft could ferry up to 36 Marines, and when they stormed the beaches, Connelly operated a 7.62mm belt-fed machine gun to provide cover. On his 10th trip to transport troops into the Solomon Islands battle zone, he also was carrying several hundred five-gallon cans of gasoline. When a mortar round struck their craft, shrapnel pierced his neck and arm, and his pants were set afire, propelling him into the ocean. Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Iwo Jima: young Marine's faith endured

    by Neisha Roberts/The Alabama Baptist, posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Neisha Roberts
    BLOUNT SPRINGS, Ala. (BP) -- Horace Lee was 12 when he "gave my heart to the Lord" at a Baptist church in Alabama; 17 when he entered the Marine Corps in 1940; and 21 when he was wounded in Iwo Jima as the U.S. wrested the strategic island from the Japanese.

    "God taught me a great deal" in the military, Lee, now 91, said. "The Marine Corps complemented God's work by their fellowship … because it's teamwork and fellowship, and if you don't have that then you cannot depend on that fellow behind you.... Read More

  • 'Woodlawn' opens in top 10 at box office

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 19, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The faith-based drama "Woodlawn," promoted as a potential catalyst for revival and spiritual awakening, opened in the top 10 at theaters Oct. 16-18, Box Office Mojo reported.

    Woodlawn opened in the eighth spot Oct. 16, earning $1.485 million in 1,553 theaters, and finished the weekend at number nine, earning a total of $4.1 million, Box Office Mojo said. Read More

  • Kendricks' 'War Room' draws diverse crowds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    CAIRO, Ga. (BP) -- Nothing for years had ever interfered with the Sunday lunch "Granny" Inez Harrell has served at her home after church services at a small Baptist church where the 83-year-old serves as treasurer.

    But after joining her son Kelvin and daughter-in-law Tamra for an Aug. 29 showing of "War Room" at the single-screen Zebulon Theatre, the only movie house in Cairo, Ga., Granny changed her Sunday afternoon priorities. Read More

  • 'War Room' 1st at box office opening night

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 31, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Kendrick Brothers' "War Room" opened in first place in box office sales on the single night of Aug. 28, but finished second to "Straight Outta Compton" over the entire opening weekend ending Aug. 30, Box Office Mojo reported.

    War Room, promoting the power of a disciplined prayer life, grossed $4.045 million on Aug. 28, averaging $3,564 on each of 1,135 screens. Straight Outta Compton, ... Read More

  • 'War Room' resources now available

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has partnered with filmmakers Stephen and Alex Kendrick to provide churches with resources to accompany their latest film, "War Room," which spotlights prayer, its power and purpose.

    The movie, releasing in theaters Aug. 28, tells the story of a prayer warrior grandmother (played by Karen Abercrombie) who mentors a young mom (Priscilla Shirer) facing a troubled relationship with her husband (T.C. Stallings). Read More