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Talk about interfaith marriage

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 15, 2007 | 6:15 pm

The St. Petersburg Times has this story last week. Just read the lede, which paints a more powerful portrait than my words could:

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.

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.

Hat-tip to GetReligion, which resurrected this story on the blogosphere yesterday.

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