c. 1997 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J.) UNDATED _ As a professional fighter, Danny Croce broke all the rules. Fighting out of Brockton, Mass., _ the hometown of boxing greats Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler _ Croce was known to lie about his ring record and fight under assumed names. His personal life was equally reckless.
c. 1997 Religion News Service HONG KONG _ Less than three months before the British colony of Hong Kong is set to return to Chinese sovereignty, U.S. evangelist Luis Palau preached a message of hope this weekend to tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents facing an uncertain future. During a four-day evangelistic crusade ending Sunday (April 13), Palau repeatedly said that trust in Jesus can allay fears about personal, social and political transition. Organizers said the total attendance for the four days of crusade events was estimated at 130,000.”God says, `I know the plans I have for you … to give you a future and a hope,'”Palau said on the opening night of the crusade, quoting from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah.”The question tonight is this: Is there hope for society?
c. 1997 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is author of”Turn Toward the Wind”and publisher of Religion News Service.) UNDATED _ No drumrolls announce their arrivals; they are rarely illuminated in spotlights. Instead, they slip into our lives when we are busy or distracted, tired or riding high. They are defining moments; but at the time, we rarely see them for what they are. It is only later, in the awful clarity of hindsight, that we see all the evidence we missed before.