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BWA withdrawal recommendation approved for vote by SBC messengers in Indianapolis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-By a 62-10 vote Feb. 17, the SBC Executive Committee approved a report recommending that the Southern Baptist Convention withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance. Read More
American pastor dies in ambush in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (BP)--The U.S. military has confirmed that gunmen killed an American pastor when the taxi he was riding in was ambushed outside Baghdad. Read More
SBC president proposes name change, to appoint committee
Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham proposed Feb. 16 changing the denomination’s name, saying that a new name would better reflect the SBC’s worldwide mission. Photo by Morris Abernathy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham has called for a new name for the denomination and will appoint a committee to study the idea.
Graham made his proposal during his president's address to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Feb. 16. He said he will appoint a committee in the coming weeks to report back to the 2005 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The committee will represent the SBC both "geographically and generationally," he said. Read More
'Be ready with an answer,' Chapman says about 'Passion'
Morris H. Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee, urged Executive Committee members to see "The Passion of The Christ" when it is released in theaters Feb. 25. Photo by Morris Abernathy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Unlike the “JESUS” film designed with an obvious evangelistic intent, "The Passion of The Christ" does not end with an appeal to accept Christ as Savior. Therefore, there is work to be done as the Mel Gibson film is released in theaters nationwide, Morris H. Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, said.
"We must be ready with an answer of why Jesus did what He did," Chapman said in his address during the opening session of the Executive Committee's Feb. 16-17 meeting. "I hope every Southern Baptist pastor will train his people to be ready with an answer. The film will teach them what Jesus did. We must teach them why He did it."
Stacie Orrico says pop stars' attire 'degrading'
Photo courtesy of the Media Collective
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Dove Award nominee Stacie Orrico, whose recent hits such as "More to Life" and "Stuck" have successfully crossed over to mainstream charts, has voiced her opinion about the revealing clothing commonly worn by pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
"The reason that I don't dress trashy is that I'm trying to set an example for little girls," Orrico, 17, told reporters Feb. 14 in Singapore, where she was preparing for the MTV Asia Awards. Read More
FamilyNet to confront culture with 'worldview' programming
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP)--The FamilyNet television network will confront the secular culture head-on this fall with a nightly "worldview" programming lineup featuring some of the nation's top Christian commentators -- including Janet Parshall, Jay Sekulow and Hugh Hewitt. Read More
Vote with convictions, not pocketbook, Jack Graham says
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--America is in a cultural battle and Christians must begin voting with their convictions and not their pocketbooks, Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham said Feb. 16. Read More
ERLC launches voting initiative in view of 'critical' '04 ballot
NASHVILLE (BP)--The head of the Southern Baptist Convention's moral concerns and public policy entity believes the 2004 election may be one of the most pivotal elections in U.S. history. Thus, Richard Land told the SBC's Executive Committee, he is spearheading a voter education and registration drive to encourage Americans to vote their values, not their pocketbook or their political party. Read More
Revelation gives hope, boldness, Rogers writes in new book
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In an evil and dangerous time that surely signals the last days, the Book of Revelation gives Christians the encouragement and understanding they need to live bold, hope-filled lives, one of America's most-respected Bible teachers writes in a new book. Read More
San Francisco told to 'cease and desist' or return to court
SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--Two California judges refused to stop San Francisco from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Feb. 17, although one judge gave city officials an option: “cease and desist” or return to court and explain their action.
Quinn Pugh dies at 74; led N.Y. Baptists 12 years
STATESBORO, Ga. (BP)--R. Quinn Pugh, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New York from 1984-96, died Feb. 13 after open heart surgery. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: More harm than good
SEATTLE (BP)--As Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" heads toward screens nationwide Feb. 25, online ticket merchants are reporting that up to half their total sales are for advance purchases for The Passion. One Dallas multiplex has reserved all 20 of its screens for The Passion. I am neither a prophet nor a movie critic. I am merely an Orthodox rabbi using ancient Jewish wisdom to make three predictions about The Passion. Read More