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True Love Waits ministry celebrates 10th anniversary

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Cards for Athens
Speaker and comedian Keith Deltano holds up a box containing True Love Waits commitment cards signed by youth attending the 10th anniversary celebration in Nashville June 26. The cards will be sent to Athens, where they will be displayed alongside some 400,000 other cards from around the world. Photo by Sara Sanders
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--About 800 mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, youth, couples and spectators gathered on the grounds of Nashville’s replica of the Greek Parthenon June 26 to hear national speakers and Christian musicians champion sexual abstinence until marriage.
      True Love Waits, a ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources, is observing its 10th anniversary this year and the celebration in Nashville recalled a movement that started in 1994 with 200,000 commitment cards for abstinence staked on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In August this year, sponsors of the campaign from LifeWay expect about 400,000 pledge cards to be displayed in Athens, Greece, for the summer Olympic Games.
      Comedian and storyteller Keith Deltano served as emcee for the celebration, introducing music performances by Jadyn Maria, Chicago sisters BarlowGirl, and Shaun Groves, a six-time Dove Award nominee. Miss America 1997, Tara Dawn Christensen, shared purity messages from the year of her reign, and Jessica Vaughan, who participated as a student in the first True Love Waits event in Washington, D.C., talked about her failures and successes.

LifeWay store managers meet for training, inspiration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–LifeWay Christian Stores honored store managers May 1-4 during the retailer’s annual national sales meeting at LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Managers gathered from LifeWay’s 87 stores across the nation for training and inspirational activities, including a Christian merchandise exposition and a laser light and computer-enhanced drama […]

Single women receive encouragement, tips for living at first Vocé event

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP)--Affirmation, hope, encouragement, practical living and enjoying life in the moment-- these are the lessons of Vocé, a five-city, two-day conference for young, single women.

They know who to call to refashion a roller rink into a place of worship

ERIE, Pa. (BP)–Almost every night of the week the sounds of laughter, loud music and hard wheels slapping concrete wash over the Skateway Roller Rink in Erie, Pa. On Sundays, however, the sounds are quite different: a pastor preaching a sermon, a congregation singing hymns and children giggling in classrooms. Lake Pointe Community Church has […]

Device filters profanity from TV, videos, cable, satellite

KNOXVILLE , Tenn. (BP)–Watching popular movies and television programs without the threat of a profane word ruining your fun may sound like a miracle in today’s culture, but recall the Red Sea parted and the whale swallowed Jonah. A new invention being sold in LifeWay Christian Stores replaces offensive audio and is helping heal a […]

Shoppers’ romance blooms at the Baptist Book Store

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP)–Lamar Overby didn’t fall in love at Baptist Book Store in Chattanooga, Tenn., but his devotion to his bride-to-be certainly blossomed there. Citing frequent enjoyable visits to the store, Overby, 28, chose Baptist Book Store as the memorable location for his recent proposal to an astonished Heather Ely, 25. Manager Tim Burton said […]