Jim and Tammy Faye Together Again
Jim, Tammy Faye, and their children (Tammy Sue Chapman and Jay Bakker) reunited for the first time on television since Jim Bakker went to jail. Jim and Tammy's new spouses, Lori Bakker and Roe Messner, appeared as well. CNNish "factoid:" the word "forgive" appears in some form 32 times in the transcript.
Heavily armed Muslims launched a early morning attack on Christian villages on Halmahera island. "Indonesian authorities were either powerless or not prepared to stop them," reports Australia's The Age. "Up to 4,000 people have been killed in clashes between Christians and Muslims in North Maluku in the past nine months, but only traditional and homemade weapons had been used until the attacks this week."
Evangelist Billy Graham will be preaching in Nashville this week: his last crusade before the torch-passing Amsterdam 2000 in July. Guests at the crusade will include Steven Curtis Chapman, the Charlie Daniels Band, Ricky Skaggs, Tennessee Titans' Running Back Coach Sherman Smith, Jars of Clay, Kirk Franklin, dc Talk, and Michael W. Smith. The crusade will be broadcast on the Web at webcast.billygraham.org. Graham is also scheduled for a Jacksonville, Florida, crusade in early November.
On May 13, the Vatican revealed the mysterious "third secret" of Fatima: a prophecy that Pope John Paul II would be shot 64 years later. Now the man who shot John Paul in 1981, Mehmet Ali Agca, says that because God preordained him to pull the trigger, he should be absolved of all responsibility. He was, after all, just doing God's will. The Vatican hasn't ...