ST. PETERSBURG -- On Sundays after church, Tom and Libit Jones head to the beach. Together, they scout for seashell treasures: cat's paws and worms.Hat-tip to GetReligion, which resurrected this story on the blogosphere yesterday.
Hand in hand, visors slung low, arms wrapped around each other, they stop to smooch as the sun starts its slow slip down.
Their public affection camouflages a deep divide.
Tom, 63, is an evangelical Christian, raised in a Kentucky Southern Baptist church. Libit, 52, is Mormon, raised in a Texas congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Both consider themselves faithful Christians who believe in Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life. Both want the other to convert. But Tom runs Christian Research & Counsel, a ministry designed to educate the public about what he calls "counterfeits of Christianity."
His work focuses on Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Talk about interfaith marriage
The St. Petersburg Times has this story last week. Just read the lede, which paints a more powerful portrait than my words could: