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Chuck Colson hospitalized in critical condition

CoulsonLANSDOWNE, Va. – Charles W. “Chuck” Colson, a key figure in the Watergate scandal who later founded a prison ministry, is in critical condition following brain surgery, according to his organization. Prison Fellowship said the 80-year-old Colson underwent surgery Saturday to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. The group said he became ill Friday night while speaking at a conference.


Daytona Bike Week draws 500-plus to Christ

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (BP) – Would you trade three minutes of your time for a chance to win a black 2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide motorcycle?


That was the question posed to bike lovers ambling along Beach Street during the 2012 Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Cooperative Program ahead of pace at fiscal year midpoint

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $4,764,590.68, or 5.12 percent, above the year-to-date budgeted goal, and are 0.75 percent behind contributions received during the same time frame last year.

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Poll: Mississippi most religious state, Vermont and N.H. least

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Mississippi, Utah and Alabama are the most religious states and Vermont and New Hampshire the least religious, according to a Gallup survey that asked respondents about their religion and their church attendance.

The survey, released March 27, is based on interviews with 350,000 adults in 2011 as part of Gallup's daily tracking poll. The poll asked respondents if religion is an important part of their daily life, and also asked them if they attend religious services every week or almost every week.

Southern states were the most religious, while the Northeast and Northwest states the least religious. (See the full list at the bottom of this story.)

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2012 VBS to teach 'God's Awesome Power'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Nearly 4,000 people attended Vacation Bible School preview events this winter to prepare for "Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God's Awesome Power."

Jerry Wooley, VBS specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources, described VBS previews as "great moments of bringing people together from all across the country" to build momentum for this summer's outreach.

"We host classes on crafts. We sing all the music. We teach high-tech and low-budget decorations and we look at the Bible content," Wooley said. "We do everything in VBS in a compact 24-hour period."

This year's VBS theme is drawn from Psalm 147:5: "Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite" (HCSB). The curriculum uses 1930s and 1940s aviation to help VBS participants encounter God and His power by exploring some of the world's greatest natural wonders.

VBS 2012 will immerse participants in daily worship before sending them on a make-believe journey from the Amazing Wonders Aviation airstrip to such wonders as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Victoria Falls in Africa, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, the polar Northern Lights and Paricutin volcano in Mexico.

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