Baptist Press Archive

Friday, March 17, 2006

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  • N.Y. high court to hear 'gay marriage' case in May; 3 states could redefine marriage in '06

    by Staff, posted Friday, March 17, 2006 (12 years ago)

    ALBANY, N.Y. (BP)--The highest court in New York state will hear oral arguments May 31 in a case that could result in the legalization of "gay marriage" there. News about the hearing adds to what could be a banner year for homosexual activists. Washington state's highest court is expected to issue a "gay marriage" ruling any day now. New Jersey's highest court heard a "gay marriage" case in February.

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  • Iowa legislature calls for removal of retail slot machines

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, March 17, 2006 (12 years ago)

    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP)--In a rare move, the Iowa House and Senate have called for the removal of 6,000 slot machine-like lottery devices installed at more than 2,800 retail locations, and the state’s governor has said he will sign the bill into law.

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  • Welch, at ‘Everyone Can’ midpoint, is very encouraged

    by Art Toalston & Norm Miller, posted Friday, March 17, 2006 (12 years ago)

    "Some people ask me if I’ll be disappointed if we fail, and I say, ‘There’s no way we can fail. Ask just one person who came to Christ as a result of Everyone Can … [and] they’ll tell you it was a smashing success.'”
    SBC President Bobby Welch

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-The push for Southern Baptist churches to baptize 1 million people in a year will reach the halfway point at the end of March.

        “I’m extraordinarily encouraged by what I’m hearing from all across the country,” Bobby Welch told Baptist Press, “because I’ve never heard so much positive talk about witnessing, winning and baptizing as I’m hearing now.”

        Welch, with his election as president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2004, initiated the “‘Everyone Can’ Kingdom Challenge!” to call Southern Baptist churches to "Witness, Win, and Baptize ... One Million" during the 2005-06 church year.

    The final results of the Everyone Can initiative will not be known until April 2007 when the compilation of Southern Baptists' Annual Church Profile is completed for the 2005-06 church year.

        “There’s no way to even remotely quantify how things are going numerically,” Welch said. “However, several churches that have told me they have baptized more than 100 people in a single baptismal service. Just about every day I’m hearing from small churches that they are breaking records in baptisms. Sometimes it’s only three baptisms and sometimes it’s only eight. But that’s more than they’ve ever done before and that’s a great thing.

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  • Bobby Welch, in N.C., fuels ‘Everyone Can’ campaign

    by Norm Miller, posted Friday, March 17, 2006 (12 years ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP)--Having scheduled 68 “Everyone Can Win One” rallies and pastors’ luncheons across North Carolina, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch completed his 18th such meeting at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Carthage during his March 5 through April 30 schedule.

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Seriously soldiering

    by Bobby Welch, posted Friday, March 17, 2006 (12 years ago)

    MIDWAY PARK, N.C. (BP)--From the main gate entrance into Camp Lejune Marine base for literally miles in both directions the chain-link fences are draped, plastered and covered with personalized, homemade heart-wrenching signs exclaiming “WELCOME HOME!”

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Soulforce wants acceptance, not tolerance

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, March 17, 2006 (12 years ago)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--Homosexual activists, and those who support their cause, contend that all they really want is understanding and tolerance for their lifestyle. Suggest that their true agenda is to force societal acceptance of their behavior as natural and normal, and you will be labeled a homophobic alarmist.

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