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Girl shows bravery facing leukemia, friends lift mom’s spirits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Twelve-year-old Katie Mitchell cut off 10 inches of her hair June 2 and donated it to Locks of Love even as she was in the throes of violent nausea. She wanted to get it cut before chemotherapy damaged it, said her mother, Melissa Mitchell.

With Holman CSB released, editor still on the job

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Ed Blum
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DALLAS (BP)--You’d think a guy who just finished overseeing a Bible translation from its original languages into English would wipe his brow in relief.
      But not Ed Blum, general editor of the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
      “It’s always exciting to see something in print, but I’m not relieved yet,” said Blum, who led a team of 100 scholars in translating the Holman CSB into modern English from the original languages of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.

‘A Greater Freedom’ in Iraq depicted by book’s photo essays

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A Greater Freedom

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--War stories abound in the media these days about death, destruction and desperation in Iraq.
      “Many of my media colleagues seem intent on ... confirming that troop morale is suffering or proving that our efforts to bring democracy to Iraq are fraught with failure,” FOX news correspondent and best-selling author Oliver North wrote in the forward of “A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

Book offers hope & advice to parents of special needs children

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'A Special Kind of Love'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Laura Jernigan vividly recalls when Stephen, her now-16-year-old son with Down syndrome, was undergoing treatment for leukemia in 1999. Once a week for 18 months, Jernigan took a day off work to take Stephen to the doctor.
      When she pulled him from the car, she settled him on her knee and then heaved his 70-pound weakened body into her arms. Jernigan, 50 at the time, carried Stephen from her car and rode a snail-paced elevator up to the doctor's office.
      "I was so worried about Stephen, I didn't even think about getting a handicap sticker," said Jernigan, who also carried supplies with her for an all-day stay at the doctor's office.

Intern first connected to LifeWay during childhood

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Then & now
College intern Andraea LaVant has plenty of goals for herself, such as 15 years from now owning a PR company. Among her goals at present, she jokes: "not to run over, break or damage" anything in her path at LifeWay Christian Resources. Photo by Kent Harville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Andraea LaVant grew up reading and studying LifeWay Christian Resources materials. So when she spotted the Nashville headquarters while on a college field trip to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, she felt a special camaraderie with the Tennessee-based Southern Baptist entity.
      "My Mom's been teaching the Sunday School materials for about 10 years," said the Middle Tennessee State University mass communications major. "So when I saw the buildings, I said, 'Oh, my goodness, is that LifeWay? I would love to do public relations for them. Now that would be a firm I could represent.'"
      And so she does. LaVant is working this fall as a writer and public relations intern with LifeWay's corporate communications department.

Black Church Leadership Week relays ‘overall picture’ of SBC resources

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Tight-knit church
Pastor John Crittenden (with glasses) led a group from Forest Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., to Black Church Leadership Week, including (clockwise from center) Michael Smith, guest of the group and pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, Ky.; Al Perry, treasurer; church member Lisa Jacobs; Janita Perry, Sunday School director; member Dye Ann Foree; Charlene Williams, women's Bible study leader; and Margaret Crittenden, pastor's wife and youth leader. Photo by Jim Veneman
GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--Shy at first, then bold and talkative, members of Forest Baptist Church from Louisville, Ky., found it impossible to brand their church with a one-word tag.
      When asked to describe their congregation with a single adjective, the group of 13 who traveled to LifeWay Glorieta (N.M.) Conference Center for Black Church Leadership Week claimed they are "growing and exciting," "a loving family," "caring," "sharing," "spiritual," "encouraging," "friendly," "Christ-centered" and "biblically based."
      "We are a Kingdom-focused church and Great Commission Christians," said John Crittenden, pastor and veteran participant of Black Church Leadership Week. "Our vision is to impact our community by winning the unsaved to Christ and developing the saved for Christ."

Calif. retiree Tom Kelly receives Black Southern Baptist Heritage Award

GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--Known for his cleverly worded operating principles, Tom Kelly received the 2003 Black Southern Baptist Heritage Award during Black Church Leadership Week at LifeWay Glorieta (N.M.) Conference Center July 21-25.

Call to missions can begin in Sunday School, leader says

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--The Great Commission mandate requires all Christians to be missionaries, and a Sunday School class is a good tool for putting that into action, an outreach director said.

Catholic priests aren’t only ones tortured by sexual sins, minister says

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--It should come as no surprise that Catholic priests aren't the only church leaders succumbing to sexual sins. A former pastor of Victory Baptist Church of Avon, N.Y., was charged in May with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male in his home. In Milwaukee, an Assemblies of God pastor was sentenced in July to five years in prison for extortion and sexually abusing a church member.

Portion sizes, inactivity, genes cited as key causes of Americans’ weight gain

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--Twenty years ago a bagel measured three inches in diameter and had 130 calories. Today its size has doubled and its calorie count nearly tripled. A cheeseburger rang in at 333 calories 20 years ago; today it registers at 590.