Headlines are for churches with the real heart of Christianity. The church which is transforming individual lives, the community, and the image of the church itself through the preaching and application of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the one most likely to break into print with the best kind of news.

Here is what I mean. In our city, the mayor walked off in the middle of a political panel show when he discovered it was being sponsored by a beer company. Although it meant taking a chance politically, the walkout retained for the mayor the respect of the junior boys in his Sunday school class.

Believe me, everybody talks about the religious convictions of the mayor because of this and other incidents in which he has taken his stand unequivocably with the cause of Christ.

A couple of years ago a group of agnostic parents brought suit to eliminate Bible reading and other religious practices from the schools in our country. Into the fray as a friend of the court stepped an attorney representing church leaders defending the school board’s policies. He took on the job voluntarily, with considerable cost to himself, because of his faith.

After the state Supreme Court upheld the school board and the “friends of the court,” a network television news department wanted to do a feature story on this attorney. He turned down the offer because he did not want it to appear that he had taken the case for any reason other than his religious conviction.

One of our area’s beauty queens became a television star and hit the headlines with a series of marriages and divorces replete with sensational charges. But the last time she made the news it was the result of the work of a faithful pastor and church. To the surprise of thousands of readers, she ...

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