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In Thailand, Baptists bury the dead while giving aid and hope to survivors of tsunami

KRABI, Thailand (BP)--Just a small cement building, Krabi Baptist Church is still adorned with colorful lights and tinseled decorations from Christmas. A large banner proclaiming “Joy to the World” hangs in the baptistery. Outside in the parking lot, several of the laymen are busy sawing and nailing together rectangular pieces of plywood. Rough coffins are taking shape.

Court rules against Schiavo; decision may result in her death

LAKELAND, Fla. (BP)--Ruling on their last pending appeal for the year, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal Dec. 29 affirmed a lower court’s decision to not re-open a case involving the religious liberty of a disabled woman, Terri Schiavo.

James Sullivan’s faith, wit, leadership remembered at service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--As the story goes, songwriter William J. Reynolds wanted to pen a song in the early 1970s in honor of James L. Sullivan, then the president of the Baptist Sunday School Board. Reynolds wrote "Share His Love" -- which today is a popular song in many church hymnals -- and told Sullivan about it. Sullivan, knowing that his last name now would appear below the song in hymnbooks nationwide, quipped, "That's the only way my name will get in the hymnal."

Man who lost wife, kids in flash flood shares message of hope

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This Rogers family photo –- the last one ever taken -- was at a relative’s wedding Aug. 30, 2003. That night, Melissa and the four children died in a flash flood on their way home. The picture was salvaged from the camera that survived the flood.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Robert Rogers was a dead man.
    Rogers, his wife, Melissa, and their four young children were in their minivan on their way home from a wedding when the unthinkable happened. A flash flood swept away the van -– and everyone in it perished except Robert.
    “We and about seven other cars splashed into the middle of this ‘river’ in the middle of the freeway,” Rogers, 38, recalled, looking back at that dark, rainy night on the Kansas Turnpike in August 2003. They were on their way home, driving from Wichita, Kan., to Liberty, Mo. “The water was about 1,000 feet wide, and we could see the water rising and seeping into our van.”

MARRIAGE DIGEST: Same-sex ‘marriage’ legal battle begins in Calif.; Newfoundland, too?; Democrat wins in Washington state

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--The court battle to legalize same-sex "marriage" in California got its start Dec. 22-23, when lawyers for both the city of San Francisco and homosexual activist groups asked a judge to throw out the state's marriage laws.

Gulf War vet who was baptized days before death leaves legacy

DULUTH, Ga. (BP)--“Please be careful when you baptize him. The doctor said that his back is very brittle," Wendy Hornick said as she stood knee-high in the water of the baptismal pool, watching her husband Fred's baptism, having just witnessed her children’s and experiencing her own.

Dream job in 48 days? Author gives tips on job-hunting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--If your job has become about as much fun as being lectured in the boardroom by billionaire Donald Trump, you may need a new career path. Author Dan Miller says work doesn't need to be a bad word -- especially for the Christian.

FIRST-PERSON: ‘Never give up’

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)--French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke in December 1995. Twenty days later, the 43-year-old father of two awoke from a coma to discover the only muscles in his body unaffected by the stroke were those of his left eye. By blinking, he was able to make it clear that though his flesh was unresponsive, his mind was unimpaired.

WORLDVIEW: Next week, please don’t look away from South Asia’s suffering

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--For days, maybe even weeks, many Christians will focus on the staggering human suffering in southern Asia.