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