Lynn Vincent

Lynn is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine and the best-selling author of 10 non-fiction books.

The beach boys

1968 | How a middle-aged pastor and some ex-hippies spoke life to a generation declaring God Is Dead
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 8/09/08, 12:00 am

COSTA MESA, Calif.--It was a Monday evening in southern California, 1968. Calvary Chapel pastor Chuck Smith invited everyone who wanted to be baptized to come down to the tiny 19th Street Beach near the church. About 50 kids made the trek, and Smith waded into the Pacific in his street clothes to baptize a French exchange student. "She was going back to France and wanted to be baptized," Smith recalled. When she emerged from the water, he said, "there was this bright light from heaven shining down on us."

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The power of three

Law | How a trio of pastors sparked the movement to give California voters the last word on same-sex marriage in their state
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 7/26/08, 12:00 am

SAN DIEGO- From the dusty Mexican border to the redwoods of the north, from broiling eastern deserts to the cool Pacific coast, on June 25, the prayers of more than a thousand pastors covered California like a quilt. The locus: Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego County. There, nearly 300 people, most of them pastors, gathered to pray, repent, and strategize for November, when Californians will vote on a constitutional amendment affirming the historical definition of marriage.

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Who will pay?

Disaster | With Midwest flooding affecting hundreds of towns across 10 states, homeowners may find themselves left with the cost of cleaning up
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 7/26/08, 12:00 am

Across the Midwest, people are still digging out of the diluvian disaster that, over the past two months, submerged homes, businesses, and whole towns in new lakes formed by torrential rains. Take Chad Kuntz, a farmer, and his wife Natalie, for example. The Kuntzes moved their family into three different houses in two weeks after rising floodwaters threatened their heirloom farmhouse in Oakville, Iowa.

The Kuntzes had more notice than most residents that the Iowa River was about to blow through the levee near their home. So, on June 10, they started packing.

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